Have you been wanting to Declutter Your Life but don’t know how or even where to start? If you answered Yes, you are not alone.
Did you know that 54% of American are overwhelmed by the clutter in their possession? And 78% have no idea what to do with the clutter and find it too complicated to deal with.
I won’t lie this broke my heart when I read these statistics. Why? Because I know what clutter can do to us if we ignore it and don’t remove it from our lives.
Clutter affects us in so many ways and can cause problems from mental health issues to physical issues such as health complications. You can read more about
How Clutter Affects Our Lives by clicking the link below when you finish this post.
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Clutter is probably causing you more stress than you realize right now. When life is stressful and our calendar is jam-packed with activities, we all need a quiet and clean home that we can come back to in order to relax in.
That should mean a calm, organized space that feels light, spacious, homely and safe. But for too many of us, our homes are just yet another thing that causes stress. And clutter is to blame.
Clutter makes a space busy, disorganized, dusty and hard to clean. Conversely, if your space is emptier, you’ll be able to keep it looking pristine with minimal work.
So how do you go about reducing the clutter?
Declutter Your Life by Learning to Detach
To declutter, first you must detach. How many items do you have that you never use but feel you can’t get rid of because they were a gift? Or because they have some kind of sentimental value?
Of course sentimental objects are important and we should all have a few keepsakes. But this can go too far if it means you feel the urge to hold on to every last item that you’ve ever owned!
If you are keeping items in memory of someone, then how about keeping just one gift? And if you’re worried about hurting feelings, you can always lie and say the item broke!
Well, I don’t really suggest telling a lie even if it is a little white one. Being honest is always the best route. Even if that means hurting someones feelings.
This is one of the many benefits to decluttering your life. You will no longer feel like you owe every one a an explanation.
At least I didn’t. Once I got my Life Decluttered I stopped explaining myself. And it felt so good!
Besides if you lie then you have to remember that lie so you don’t accidentally tell the truth and then have to tell another lie to cover the truth. It’s a vicious circle and it is best to just be honest.
If you don’t want to hold onto something then don’t. Let go and learn to detach yourself.
Declutter Your Life by Breaking Collections
When it comes to hoarding clutter, one of the very worst things you can do is to view something as a collection.
You probably think of your DVDs as a ‘collection’ for example and there’s a good chance you’ll have made sure to include every DVD in a particular category, or that you feel says something about you.
Now you can’t throw any away without ruining your massive collection, right? Wrong!
This is a big cognitive shift but as soon as you realize that collections don’t mean anything, decluttering will become much easier!
Think about it. How many of those movies have you watched in the past 3 months? 6 months? or Year?
Ask your self these questions:
- What’s the worst thing that would happen if I got rid of this?
- Could I rent or borrow this item if I need it in the future?
- Is the storage space taken up by this item really worth it?
Sleep On It
When you’re thinking of buying anything new, always sleep on it. There are a lot of factors that contribute to a purchase and many of these have been purposefully designed by marketing and sales teams to prey on our emotions.
When we buy based on emotion, we end up making the wrong decisions. When we buy because we have slept on it and thought about it and then come back to it that means that we genuinely need or want the item.
I know this all to well. Impulse purchases, especially Online Courses, used to get me every single time.
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Then one day I realized buying courses on impulse was getting me no where except my inbox and computer full of digital clutter.
Once I began to sleep on it before buying I realized I didn’t need 98% of the courses. At first I was super angry because I had spent so much money.
But then I quickly realized it was a failure I could learn from. So much that that is when my success began to rise.
I became focused like never before. I was able to get things done and spend less time doing things that didn’t matter.
The best part is that it helped me Declutter My Life and realize what really matters most.