Clutter doesn’t just happen at home. In fact, it also can happen in your mind, your body, your schedule, your finances and your workspace.
Chances are that if you have clutter in one of those areas, you may have clutter in other areas of your life.
If you have been trying to conquer the clutter in your home, it may be time to follow these 5 tips for decluttering your life.
1. Do a ‘Brain Dump’
Grab a notebook and a pen. Take a deep breath and think about things that you have to do. Do a brain dump and write everything down.
Once you have written things down, you can see what is necessary to accomplish and you will have a list to keep track of everything else. It can also help if you watch less television as it tends to clutter the mind with things that are not important.
2. The Relationship Between Clutter and Weight
In some cases, people who have a clutter problem also have a weight problem. Sometimes people use both as a self-protection mechanism.
If they are overweight or their house is full of “stuff,” they will not have to worry about others getting too close and possibly hurting them. Once they begin to let go of the “stuff” in their home, they may find that it is easier to let go of excess weight as well.
3. Re-Evaluate the Family Schedule
How many activities does your family have? If your family is like most, each child has at least one activity they participate in after school. Mom and Dad may each have things they do that keep them on the go.
To declutter your schedule, sit down as a family and talk about the activities each does that mean the most them. If you can cut out some activities, you will have more time to share as a family and less running around.
4. The Essential vs. the Non-Essential
Evaluate your monthly bills. Could you cut back on some expenses?
For instance, do you watch all of the channels on satellite or cable? If you don’t, think about reducing your subscription plan. There are now more alternatives to cable than ever before.
For example, our family decide to diconnect our cable a year ago. We’ve now have Netflix streaming and save around $800 per year. There are a number of streaming plans available. Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime are three to check out.
Another non-essential expense is dining out. Even though eating out is easier, it is more expensive and is often not good for your health.
5. Organize your Workspace
Depending on what kind of job you have, workspace clutter may or may not be a problem. For those with an office desk, workspace clutter may be having too many pictures or mementos.
For those in a factory setting, it may mean you cannot find your tools when you need them. By creating a functional and clean workspace, you increase your productivity, which will make you and your boss happy.
Most people don’t consciously decide to have clutter in their home or their lives. Unfortunately, clutter tends to creep in and take over once it starts. Use these tips to start decluttering your life. You will be amazed at the sense of freedom you experience.