More than any year, this year feels like a great time to declutter our homes and lives. Many of us are slowly transitioning to our normal routines, moving from the home back to the office and leaving behind a pile of clutter.
“Decluttering is about more than just throwing out junk,” says CHLI resident Life Balance expert Julie Frumin, LMFT. “It’s about creating space so you can get the most out of your life. You’ll sleep better, be more productive, and feel happier when you eliminate clutter from all aspects of your life.”
If you want to declutter but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help. Follow these tips to declutter your home and life this Spring.
3 Ways to Declutter Your Home
When you declutter your home, you’ll be well on your way to decluttering your life. Try these tips to get started.
1. Set a goal
Think about what you want to accomplish by decluttering. What do you want to feel? How will your life be better? Write your goal down on a piece of paper, then put it somewhere prominent. Let it serve as a reminder of what you’re working toward when you feel like giving up.
2. Take it one room at a time
You might feel ready to tackle your whole home at once, but it may take more than a weekend to get through the entire place. Start with one room and commit to completely decluttering it in a day or weekend. If you hate getting rid of things, follow Marie Kondo’s advice and only keep items that “spark joy.”
3. Make decluttering a habit
Don’t make decluttering a once-a-year thing. It needs to be a habit if you want to live in a decluttered home. Spend 10 – 15 minutes a day decluttering around the house. Just a few minutes will go a long way toward keeping your home free of clutter.
3 Ways to Declutter Your Life
Eliminating clutter in your home is just one piece of the puzzle. When you declutter your life, you give yourself more time to spend on the people and activities that matter the most to you. Here’s how to do it.
1. Be protective of your time
As the world starts to slowly re-open, you may find yourself getting invited to a lot of things. Meetings, events, networking lunches, and friend meetups will all sound appealing—at first. If you say yes to everything, though, you might soon find yourself overwhelmed. Be protective of your time by choosing to say “yes” to the events and activities that matter the most to you. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to things (and people) that won’t add value to your life.
2. Rethink your routines
Identify the stressors lurking in your daily routines. Do you hate doing laundry every single night? Maybe you’d be happier if you set aside one evening a week to do several loads of laundry. Do you get annoyed waking up early to make lunches? Try meal prepping on Sundays to avoid having to pack lunches every weekday morning. Start with one new routine and go from there.
3. Organize your digital life
We are all victims of digital clutter. Get organized by getting rid of what you don’t need. Go through your phone and delete all those apps you downloaded for a single purpose months ago and have never opened again. Clear your inbox. Unsubscribe from email lists. Backup computer files that you don’t use to an external hard drive, then clear them from your laptop.
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