No matter how cluttered your life is right now… Don’t give up!
The weekend is here, and you have a few hours to get some work done. So make the most of it. You’ll feel a lot better now that you’ve taken a chunk out of your frustration. I’m aware of so much benefits of decluttering and organizing that I never get tired of talking about it. These are activities that assist us in living a more basic and minimalist lifestyle.
Things can get hectic fast.
- Stuff builds up.
- Gifts come through the front door.
- Piles form.
- Values blur.
- Time flies.
- & we can lose track of what’s important pretty quickly.
That’s okay! We expected it.
Clutter is something that everyone experiences but nobody should nurture.
Clutter happens. Then it has to go.
Clutter visits. But it should not be allowed to overstay it’s welcome.
Here are three simple things you can do THIS weekend to declutter your life:
1- Clarify your values
You have to know what’s important to you before you’re ready to make good decisions on what stays and what goes. Remember, the purpose of decluttering is to eliminate the unnecessary so you can focus on what’s most important.
If you don’t know what’s most important, you’re…
- …driving without a destination
- …shooting without a target
- …wandering the grocery store with no list
When I say “most important,” I mean, “most important TO YOU.”
Your life doesn’t look like everyone else’s. Nor should it. You don’t have to be a clone of your peers. You’re free to be who you want to be. Many people get frustrated with structuring their lives because they are not actually living by their own values. They’re living according to the values of their friends, parents, favorite bloggers, religious leaders, neighbors, musicians, etc.
Take some time to sit down and reconsider what’s important to you. If you’ve never done this, it will be an awesome experience for you. If you’ve done it before, you may be amazed to see how much you’ve changed since the last time.
Some questions to ask in the process:
- What are your core beliefs?
- What motivates you to do what you do?
- What virtues do you aspire to, or admire when you see them demonstrated by others?
- What will you NOT stand for?
You get the idea. Once you get started, you will come up with other questions. Write down your answers and keep them accessible.
2- Attack ONE problem area
When we look at the whole house or the whole project or our whole life, and see ALL that we have to do, we get frustrated. Don’t do that to yourself today.
Just pick one area that has gotten a little out of control and do something about it.
It might be…
- ONE room.
- ONE countertop.
- ONE section of the garage.
- ONE of your vehicles.
- ONE drawer.
- ONE bookshelf.
Now, go to work. Give yourself an appropriate amount of time (not too much, not too little) and then go for it.
- Put all the clutter in one stack or pile or box. Then, process it from top to bottom, one thing at a time. Don’t allow yourself to set anything aside. Don’t put it down until you make a decision about it.
- Ask yourself, “What is it?”
- Then, “What do I need to DO about it?”
- Put action items in your calendar (because you know leaving the physical item out as a reminder is what got you into this trouble in the first place.:))
- Then, give it a home or trash it or put it in a bag to give away.
Making progress on a small area will give you greater clarity today, and courage to do more as time permits.
If you are looking for “quick ways to declutter”, it’s likely that you’re fairly busy. If that’s the case, you have to make time for rest and play.
We have to sharpen the saw. It doesn’t do us or anyone around us any good to continue rubbing a dull blade across a tree for hour upon hour, with little production or value. If the blade’s not sharp, the work can’t be done properly.
Our batteries need to be recharged. Our tank needs to be refilled.
When we are well-rested, and we’ve had a little fun, our outlook on life is much healthier. Our attitude will be better and we will be in a more ideal frame of mind to make good decisions. So take a nap or play a game or make a ridiculous video for YouTube or Vine. Do something that will recharge your battery this weekend.
How to declutter when you’re depressed?
Living in a cluttered environment, according to many psychologists, logically increases stress exposure. In reality, our minds are stimulated far too regularly in this type of environment, as much as – if not more than – when we stroll through a city center. Finally, the brain never stops working and never finds a moment to “pause.” What are the ramifications? We feel fatigued even though we haven’t done anything extra, and it’s not always simple to link this tiredness to the surrounding chaos!
Read also: Non Food Items That We Let Go To Waste?
Cut back on your commitments
Our lives are frequently overburdened by all of the things we have to accomplish at home, work, school, in our religious or civic life, with friends and family, with hobbies, and so on. Examine each aspect of your life and make a list of all of your commitments. It can be eye-opening as well as daunting to see everything written down.
Examine each one and determine whether it truly provides you joy and value, as well as whether the time you put into it is worthwhile. Another method to cut down on your commitments is to pick a handful that you actually enjoy and cancel the rest.
Create everyday goals that you can achieve
Begin by identifying attainable objectives. Depression makes you devalue yourself and reinforces a bad self-image. You begin to believe that you are truly unable, and your self-perception begins to deteriorate. You will accrue tiny triumphs by completing modest chores and goals, which will boost your morale!
Begin with small steps, such as reading for 30 minutes per day or simply cleaning the dishes! Make them more harder or more numerous each day to gradually rebuild your confidence.
The quarantine technique
Cleaning up your home and getting rid of unnecessary items is a process that often makes you hesitant to get go of certain items. We are frightened of missing out on something important and having to buy it again. That would be a pity. It’s not easy to take a step back from our own problems.
And I describe how the quarantine strategy can help you deal with uncertainties and hesitations in my book Detox Your Home. As a result, the idea is to put anything that makes you nervous in a different box. Keep the box for several months, up to six months, after marking it with today’s date (ideal for a new sorting session).
If during this time, the things in the box have not been used or missed, then you can throw them away or give them away. On the other hand, if you have come back to the box to take out one of the items before the end of the 6 months, then obviously put it back in your closets. Decluttering your home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing things without thinking.
There are a few ideas. Now let’s get to it! Let’s make progress.
If you try any of these, let me know how it goes.