How to declutter your life and reduce stress – Part One
Excessive clutter can be a symptom of too much stress. It can affect every aspect of your life and interfere with how long it takes to do simple tasks to your overall enjoyment of life. It is distracting and feels like it weighs you down. Tackling clutter can feel insurmountable and you may not know where or how to start. If you devote a little time each day to de-cluttering and maintaining a clutter-free environment and lifestyle, you can reap the rewards of a simplified, pleasing living space, reduced stress and more organized and productive existence. Here are some ideas on how to start:
- DESK: Start small by cleaning off your desk. Remove everything, give the desk a good clean and sort through all your stuff. Keep only what is important and keep as much as you can in drawers. Keep a designated spot for every item. Your desk should only have a computer, a phone, an in-box and a file drawer (and perhaps a framed photo). When new papers come in, sort them right away – either shred, take action or file right away.
- YOUR HOME: Simplify each room. Sell, donate or throw away any unused items. Keep the floor and any flat surface clear of clutter. Organize what you decide to keep into cupboards, drawers or closets, so it is out of sight. Do this one room at a time.
- CLOSETS & DRAWERS: Even though items in your closets are out of sight doesn’t mean you can shove more stuff in there. Donate as much as you can and keep specific spaces for specific items so you know where to find them. Keep only the things you love and use/wear frequently. Keep only the things you’ve used within the past year.
Stay tuned for How to Declutter Your Life and Reduce Stress – Part 2…