As we go into the last season of the year, I’m calling this is the perfect time to declutter your life! Imagine how going into 2022 with a decluttered home, office and digital life will feel! This is one officially for the to-do list this month.
Often the thought can get overwhelming, as with most things taking it step by step is the best way to go about it. Read on for my top tips on how to declutter your life!
Declutter Your Home
Tidy home, tidy mind right? The best place to start your decluttering is with the home. Often we underestimate how therapeutic a well-organised home can be. So let’s get started!
Clear those kitchen cupboards
Honest answers only: When was the last time you went through your kitchen cupboards? If your answer is any more than a few months, it’s time to declutter. Bar the obvious removal of anything out of date (seriously that canned food ran out years ago…) come up with some kind of organisation structure to make sure you have access to what you need. Order food via expiry date, section off dried goods and have all your stocks and spices easy to grab.
No need to go too extra with the glass bottles and fancy labels (although go all out if you’re feeling it!). Some simple organisation will make all the difference!
Get ruthless with your wardrobe
It’s time to get rid of those clothes from years ago that you’re sure you’ll fit back into. Even if you could, it’s been years, buy some more jeans. Get your Marie Kondo on and simplify your wardrobe. Anything you’ll never wear again is out and anything you’ve forgotten about goes to the top of the queue. Remember to be good to the environment and repurpose those clothes. Donate them to charity or use a selling app such as Depop or Vinted to sell them to a new owner. Declutter your life and make some money – win-win!
Throw away anything expired
Medicines, makeup, cleaning products…check your expiry dates and throw anything out of date! Try and repurpose what you can, especially plastic bottles. Lots of makeup companies now give discounts for returned, empty bottles so check before you throw them away.
Declutter Your Work
If you feel overwhelmed just looking at your workspace there are lots of things you can do to declutter this space.
If you want to rid yourself of the endless paper documents, look into what you can digitise. Applications like Google docs are a great alternative to paper documents. It’s also free to use, gives you the opportunity to collaborate on documents with team members and is stored on the cloud.
Shred unnecessary documents
Go through any files that you keep and get rid of any documents, receipts or statements that are no longer needed. Any non-sensitive can be recycled, anything else make sure to shred properly before throwing out.
Get proper storage
The perfect way to keep all of your work in order is by investing in some proper storage. This doesn’t have to be expensive, check out stores like Ikea for inexpensive storage items that can make a great difference.
Declutter Your Digital
We spend so much time on our phones but don’t realise how important it is to keep your digital life tidy. It may not be clutter that you can physically see, but it’s affecting you all the same!
Streamline your feed
Start with your follow list and remove anybody that posts things you don’t like, irritate you or bring any form of anxiety. If you feel you can’t unfollow, use the mute or restrict options for the same effect without the politics! Do this for each of your social media platforms and reap the rewards of a much more enjoyable feed!
Get rid of distractions
Maybe it’s time to delete those apps that you spend some serious hours on. If you are finding yourself distracted by apps on your phone, you can either delete them or just restrict the amount of time you spend on them by removing them from your home screen or only installing them on the weekend.
Once you’ve rid yourself of apps you don’t need, re-jig your Home Screen! Organise apps by type and they’ll be so much easier to find when you need them.
Start using your calendar
I had my phone for years before I started utilising the calendar app to organise my life. To-do lists, reminders, meetings from your emails – all can be made simpler using your calendar. Try it out and let me know how you get on.
It may seem like a lot of work but take it one step at a time. The benefits of making time to declutter your life are profound and great for the mind, body and soul! Are you planning any form of decluttering this month? Let me know in the comments!
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