Time

Time

Clutter drains you of your time. If you live in a cluttered place, you will spend extra time looking for lost items: keys, money, shoes, tools, etc. 

And even when you’re looking right at the lost item, it becomes difficult to see when surrounded by clutter.

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How Clutter Affects Your Time, Money, and Stress

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Keeping your home organized:
  • If a job takes around 30 seconds or less to do, do it immediately: put away your shoes or sort your mail.
  • Watch your ‘hot spots’. Clutter tends to accumulate in the same places: the front door, the kitchen table.
  • When you take something out, you should simply put it back.
  • Stop receiving junk mail: to cut down on paper clutter is to get rid of the junk before it comes in.
  • Put on some music and take 15 minutes a day, to clean.

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Cull the Clutter
  • Go in every room and divide your things into four boxes: things to donate, things to throw away, things to keep, and things to store. If you don’t need it or love it, consider getting rid of it.
  • Go through your box of things to keep and find a place for everything. 
  • Finish one room before moving on to the next.

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A Realistic Level of Clutter

Guidelines to follow to help you decide where you should draw the line on clutter:

  • Company. Do you like to have your home neat enough to have drop-in company? 
  • Organization. Is your home organized enough that you can generally find everything you’re looking for without having to search?
  • Stress level. Can you truly relax in your home or is it an energy drain?

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Stress

Examples of stress clutter can cause:

  • Having guests over becomes an embarrassment or an event that takes all-day preparation.
  • Each room carries visual reminders of all the work that needs to be done in the way of cleaning.
  • According to the principles of feng shui, clutter drains you of your positive energy.

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Money
  • When you don’t have financial papers organized, bills can get lost, causing you to accrue fees for being late with the payments.
  • Replacing lost items and buying duplicates of those we didn’t realize we already had can carry a cost that adds up quickly.

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Benefits of Decluttering
  • More time and energy for the people and activities you love
  • A more spacious, peaceful, calmer and clutter-free home
  • Financial freedom by choosing to own and buy less
  • Less stress trying to manage and take care of everything you own
  • More time and freedom to pursue your goals and priorities
  • Less time spent cleaning and managing the things you own
  • Easier to keep your home tidy and organized

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11 Quick and Easy Tips to Declutter More Effectively - Simple Lionheart Life

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Hans Hofmann

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

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Tiny Changes You Can Make in Your Home to Make Life Simpler

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On Mental Clutter

Setting clear boundaries between personal and work lives is key to maintaining flow and good mental health. The alternative creates mental clutter, a difficulty to think straight and focus due to disorganization.

Mental clutter means you rarely rest or feel truly satisfied. Set boundaries, properly manage your time and reduce your emotional reactivity to develop your focus, thus reducing mental clutter.

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5 Clear Ways to Remove Mental Clutter

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