Practical Tips To Reduce Clutter in Your Life Now
This is a post in a series on How to Live Simply to Shine in Life. You can read the second post in the series here-Ten Tips for a Simple Home. This post will cover practical tips to reduce clutter in your life now; physical clutter in your home and also
I was surprised how long it took me to write this post. I think it was because there are so many forms or clutter and methods that can be used. There is no way I could explain everything, but I think I was trying to! I am sure I will cover the topic again. However for now, I’ll provide a starting point.
So what do I mean by clutter?
Clutterers Anonymous define clutter as
anything we don’t need, want, or use that takes our time, energy or space, and destroys our serenity. It can be outgrown clothes, obsolete papers, broken toys, disliked gifts, meaningless activity, ancient resentments, or unsatisfying relationships.
Not only is it important to reduce the clutter in your home, including your wardrobe, but to live simply it helps to reduce other forms of clutter such as negative people and too much information. The television or our electronic devices are great examples of this. Have you ever caught yourself, just mindlessly scrolling? I bet you have, I know I have. When you do, can you take in everything you are reading? What will you do with that information?
I know I struggle with overwhelm, when there is too much around me. My thoughts feel jumbled and I might even feel panicky. This is why I strive to simplify and reduce. So here a few tips to get started with:
Schedule Regular De-Clutter Sessions
It is inevitable that new things come into our house and our lives. Schedule regular time to go through and evaluate. Is it still serving you or having a use? I schedule time every weekend for a house project. It can be as little as 30 minutes.
Turn your phone to silent
Is there a constant ping from your phone? Do you stop what you are doing to check what the notification? It is cluttering up your day and causing a huge distraction. Unless you are waiting for an important phone call, try turning your phone on silent. Then check it at certain times of the day. Not easy, but liberating.
Put your house to bed
This might sound like a strange thing to say, but stay with me. Chrissy at Organise My House says it’s a must. The house is tidied and any bits of clutter dealt with straight away. You can read it here: Why you should always put your home to bed each night
You wanted that freebie, so you clicked subscribe. Or maybe it is a newsletter that you used to enjoy but you just don’t enjoy or have time for anymore. If it isn’t useful or adding value, then it is clutter. Unsubscribe from emails if you don’t really need them.
Shop for your needs
When you are out shopping, it is very easy to pick something up because you like it. Have you every done that and then when you got home, you didn’t know where to put the item? Or realised you already have one just like it?! Be clear in your mind about what you need, add it to a list and try not to deviate.
Unfortunately, it is not a case of tackling clutter once. It is a continual process made up of mindset, daily and weekly rituals. What methods do you use to stay on top of clutter?