It has rewarding benefits to career, family and relationships. A cluttered life is a clogged life; it’s a recipe for failure. Many people end up with a cluttered life because of the people they live with or the environment that surround them. Show me a cluttered person and i will show you an individual who fails on every milestone. De-cluttering is a learnable practice that has rewarding benefits to career, family, relationships and personal work.
Clutter is disorder, untidiness, mess, litter or confusion in your life. Excessive clutter is often a symptom and a cause of stress and can affect every facet of your life, from the time it takes you to do things to your finances and your overall enjoyment of life. Clutter can distract you, weigh you down, and in general it invites chaos into your life. Often times, however, tackling the clutter can seem an insurmountable task if you don’t know where or how to start.
By devoting a little of your time to getting rid of the clutter in your life and maintaining things relatively clutter-free, you’ll reap the rewards of pleasing living areas, reduced stress, and a more organized and productive existence. Waking up to a messy space becomes a metaphor for the brain fog and overwhelming feelings that begin to ensue early in your day.
Here below are tips on practical de-cluttering.
Everything you own should have value, either because it’s functional or beautiful or you just love it. Remember the question of what you’d grab if your house were on fire; that’s your baseline for determining an object’s worth. Secondly, every item needs a place where it “lives.” Setting things down on the coffee table or kitchen counter creates piles and confusion. You never lose anything when you put it where it lives.
Thirdly, focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking is supposed to help you get more things done quickly, but when you try to do 19 things at once, everything ends up incomplete. You’re trying to simplify your life, so simplify your approach to getting organized. It is better to be on a ladder you want to climb rather than at the top of a ladder you don’t.
Fourthly, de-cluttering your day is about reducing commitments, and saying no to the non-essential things. First make a list of your commitments. Make a list of what’s most important to you (4-5 things) and de-clutter the rest. Say no to some people with a phone call or email, and get out of existing commitments. Be very ruthless about saying no to new commitments — and seeing requests as potential commitments. Guard your time. De-clutter your digital life one step at a time, just like your physical life. Email, newsletters, blogs, social networks, online reading and watching, forums, etc. — are they essential? Can you de-clutter them? There’s no reason to be surrounded by things that don’t work, that you don’t need, or that you don’t even like. Another way to reduce your commitments is to identify a few that you truly love, and get rid of the rest.