Bring Order Into Chaos: Practical Ways To Declutter Your Life

Bring Order Into Chaos: Practical Ways To Declutter Your Life

Everyone wants to declutter their life a little bit. At the time of writing this post, we are heading into another new year. So, if you’re reading now, this is the perfect opportunity to consider decluttering your life before the next twelve months take hold. However, it doesn’t matter when you do it, as there are times in all of our lives when we need to clear ourselves of clutter, as it can free both our minds and our physical surroundings, and reduce the stress we sometimes feel when the various facets in our life threaten to overwhelm us. There are a number of ways you can declutter your life, and these include the following.

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Declutter your home

This is the obvious place to start because let’s face it, we do accumulate a lot of things in our home, some of which we don’t actually need. So, with the principles of a clean and simple home style, go from room to room and start the decluttering process. Ask yourself the important questions when deciding what to discard and keep.

  • Have I ever used this item?
  • Does it serve any purpose in my life?
  • Do I have a duplicate?
  • Why did I buy this in the first place?

Go through everything in turn, and create four piles – throw, donate, sell, or keep. If you are going to throw something away, ensure you do the responsible thing and recycle if applicable, as you don’t want to single-handedly be responsible for adding further damage to our environment. If you are going to donate something, check with local charities near you to ensure they can make good use of your excess items, and/or donate some things to local charity stores. If you plan on selling something, ensure you get the best value for whatever it is you are flogging. You might actually have something that is worth more money than you expect, so compare prices online before selling on Amazon, eBay, etc. And if you are keeping something, consider where you are going to put them. If you need more storage space, you might want to consider purchasing furniture that is fit for purposes that they are intended, such as good quality bed frames in your bedroom and sideboards in your living room, as well as extra shelving and cupboard space around the rest of your home. After decluttering your home, you should have more space to move around in, less housework to bother with, and less to distract your tired mind when you are trying to relax after work.

Declutter your workspace

Clutter is one of the biggest hindrances to productivity. So, if you have been struggling to get on top of the work you have to do, it might be because you need a tidy-up within your work environment. Follow the same principles as you do at home, and ask yourself similar questions when looking at your desk. Do you need to keep everything? Are there things you can discard? And if you still have dirty coffee cups and food plates on your desk from a month ago, ask yourself “why have I become so slovenly?” We aren’t here to judge, of course, but if you want a fighting chance of staying on task, it is time to store or remove anything that is filling up space in your workspace. Begin by clearing out your drawers and filing cabinets. If there are any office items that are surplus to requirements, recycle or donate them to a colleague. If your drawers are bundled with stuff in no particular order, start the labelling process, ensuring each drawer is fit for purpose, perhaps with extra containers within to hold certain objects. And when it comes to paperwork, consider scanning older documents onto your computer if you are reluctant or unable to discard certain information, and then shred the paper copy into oblivion.

Follow the same process with your desk. The more room you have, the better, so arrange desk items tidily and put anything that is surplus to immediate requirements in your drawers and cabinets. You might want to give your desk a good wipe down too, removing any crumbs and stains, so you no longer have anything to distract your eye when you’re supposed to be working. Then consider your computer. If there are any icons on your desktop that you don’t need, get rid of them. If you have files and programs you no longer need clogging up your storage space, delegate them to the recycle bin or send them to the cloud. And head over to your email account, and finally get round to removing or organising any emails that have been read and are not needed for any real purpose in your day-to-day routine.

Declutter those other aspects of your life

While you should declutter your home and workspace to reduce your stress and tidy your environments, you might also consider those other aspects of your life that could also do with a bit of a clearout. Think about decluttering your time commitments. If your schedule is brimming with activities, consider which of them have the most impact in your life. It might be that you are exhausted from the weight of your busy itinerary, so cut out or cut down anything that doesn’t add too much value in your life.

It might be time to manage your friendships. If there are people on your social networks who you don’t know (and possibly forgotten why they are on your friend’s list in the first place), delete them. If there is anybody online who annoys and antagonizes you with their posts, block or remove them. And then look at your friendships offline. If you have any so-called friends who bring you down more than lift you up, perhaps it’s time you finally said goodbye. Either that or reduce the amount of time you spend with them, as if they aren’t ‘true’ friends, they probably aren’t worth hanging out with anyway.

Finally

I haven’t covered everything here. There may be other facets of your life that need to be decluttered and organized. Think about them, research ways to manage them, and then feel the benefits both mentally and physically after you have completed the process. Let us know what you think, and if you have further ideas on ways to declutter this thing we call life, please share your wisdom with us.

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16 thoughts on “Bring Order Into Chaos: Practical Ways To Declutter Your Life

  1. I have moved recently and decluttered my house with this occasion. The amount of things I had to throw away or donate was so big. I have decided not to buy things unless I really need them and justify that need.

  2. Great tips and I totally agree with “Declutter those other aspects of your life”. Remove the negative people who only bring us down. Why keep them as it is just waste of time and only pulling us down. Good to be totally out of our life and be free with these stress.

  3. Declutter of physical as well as emotional space is very essential for well being. One must keep doing it time to time. Great steps mentioned here

  4. What an interesting read. I’ve always loved decluttering my house and see how it gets cleaner and more roomy. T he question of “Do I have a duplicate?” is definitely one of the most important ones to ask when sorting the things. Thanks for sharing the ideas!

  5. Oh man, I am in a major decluttering phase right now as we are expecting our first child in April. We just cleaned out two entire rooms and now our storage space is totally filled up before we can get it reorganized or donated πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ My next room to “declutter” will be my office.

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