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Declutter Your Life. Declutter Your Mind. - Darius Foroux

Rules for de-cluttering life

  • Don't buy the stuff you can't afford.
  • Live below your means
  • Get rid of things when they take up the space you need. Donate or recycle them.

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Epictetus

Epictetus

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

Rules for de-cluttering life

  • Don't buy the stuff you can't afford.
  • Live below your means
  • Get rid of things when they take up the space you need. Donate or recycle them.

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  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.
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  • It’s lower in stress.
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  • There’s more room for creating, for loved ones, for peace, for doing the things that give you joy.
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Focus

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Act on it

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Showing initiative

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