Cull the Clutter

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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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.

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.
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.
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?

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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  1. Keep an ongoing donation box easily accessible:.
  2. Instead of keeping things you don’t use or love, get rid of them as soon as you find them.
  3. Try decluttering as quickly and efficiently as you can for just 10 minutes a day.
  4. Schedule regular times to declutter and stick to them.
  5. Use the “one in, one out” rule: Whenever you buy or bring something new into your home, find one thing to get rid of in its place.
  6. Make sure you have a place to keep everything you’re choosing to keep.
  7. Get things out of your house as soon as possible.
  8. Track results. Take before and after pictures.
  9. Don’t organize until after you declutter.
  10. Use a “maybe box” for items you’re struggling to let go of.
  11. Use the 20/20 rule for items you’re keeping “just in case”: It eans if you can replace the item for less than $20 and in less than 20 minutes, don’t keep it “just in case”.

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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.

Free up closet space

If you’ve been thinking that you need bigger closets, maybe all you need to do is right-size your wardrobe—and your closet will feel bigger overnight.

Plus, donating unused clothing to a local charity is a simple but meaningful way to help others.

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