Last week I decided to go through the entire house and separate things to donate or throw it out. I'm always doing this in hope that one day I will feel like the house is clutter free. Clutter/ Junk is the #1 in my list of things that bother me. When I glance at someone's car and I see receipts, coins and empty water bottles I just want to get in there and clean up. When I go to someone's house and I open a drawer to just find everything in the world mixed in there, I just want to die, or throw it all out. I hate disorganization. To the point that I can't live in it. And that doesn't only goes to my home or car but my mind and the world we live in. It bothers me when a place doesn't have recycle bins, when the cars aren't parked properly in the supermarket parking lot, when people don't cut their grass, etc. But I'm not here to tell you how much of a freak I am, but mostly to help you declutter your life too. Here are 10 easy steps.
1. Have one master planner/ calendar. Stop making your life more complicated. You don't need an app for this, a paper calendar for that, a wall calendar for something else. Find one way that works and use it for everything.
2. Put all your sentimental items in a box labeled "memory". You know all the t-shirts you keep because it reminds you of something but that you actually don't wear? They belong in a memory box not in your closet. That magnet, that picture frame, all of those things you keep because of sentimental value, put in the box. You don't have to get rid of it but it doesn't need to clutter your space either.
3. Get rid of multiple items. Why do you need 2 sets of flatware? 2 computers? 2 sunglasses? 2 hair brushes? If you could only have one of each thing, I'm sure you would have the best that there is. Strive for quality not quantity.
4. Have a shopping list. Don't buy things out of an impulse, or because it's on sale or because your friend said so. Buy what you need. Keep a list of what you need and stick to it.
5. Have a meal plan. Stop going to the grocery store and adding things to your cart because you think you need it. Make sure you need it. Have a meal plan for the week. Will save you money, make you stop wasting food and cluttering your refrigerator and pantry.
6. Take care of things right away. Clean up your bag when you get home. Unsubscribe to junk emails when opening them. Put your clothes away when taking them off. Wash you plate after you eat. Refill something that is used up.
7. Take a break every 50 minutes to breathe. Close your eyes. Meditate.
8. Stop looking at your phone all day. Nothing makes me feel more cluttered and overwhelmed than being on my phone all day. You need mental space. Designate times to check social media.
9. Go outside. Get some sun. Play with your kids or your pet.
10. Let go. We all die and we take no material things. Let it go. You actually don't need most of the things you think you do. Remember what actually matters in life: love, kindness, knowledge, experiences.