Twelve Ways to De-clutter
"Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!" -dr. Steve Maraboli
Here's a list of twelve quick changes you can make this month to put yourself on the path to living a clutter-free life. You don't need any special gear, just a commitment to try something new. Many of the items on the list may be familiar to you. However, it's not what you know, it's what you DO with what you know that matters. What are you willing to DO today, to declutter your brain, your schedule, and your environment? You don't even have to like doing it. You can simply like the result of having done it! You deserve to live a clutter-free life, so begin now.
1. Make your bed. This small step starts your day with one area neat and orderly. And when you get home at the end of your day, you can admire your beautifully-made bed all over again.
2. Set all your clocks to the correct time. Punctual people already do this. Try it!
3. Arrive at least 5 minutes early to appointments and to work. Bring something along to read if you end up having to wait.
4. Spend 5 minutes each day planning for the following day. Wake up each morning knowing what your day will look like and what you will be eating for dinner.
5. Walk outside for 15 minutes every day. Morning, lunchtime, or evening, it doesn't matter as long as you know when you awake in the morning when you'll be walking that day. This is a great way to declutter your mind, reduce stress and energize yourself to tackle your larger decluttering projects.
6. Food is mood. Eat one more fruit or vegetable each day. French fries don't count!
7. Wash your sheets every week to minimize germs, viruses, and fungus.
8. Recycle all the magazines you haven't read. There's nothing in them that you have to know to live a full life. Getting rid of them will be a big load off your mind.
9. Create meals from the food in your cupboards.
10. Use the Inch by Inch approach to declutter your garage or basement. If this seems too daunting, sign up for the newsletter or take a class.
11. Keep up with your laundry. Do your wash in and around your daily activities. I often start a load of wash before we walk in the morning. When we return, it's ready for the dryer. The clothes are dry and ready to be put away before I leave for the day.
12. Clutter is anything unfinished. Finish something you've begun - a book, a craft project, re-decorating, something you promised someone else you would do for them. Whatever it is, schedule the next step, then the next to completion.
"Do not wait until all the conditions are perfect for you to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect." - Alan Cohen