You can be anything and it can start by uncluttering your life.
There’s countless study articles about the link between stress and over accumulation of “stuff”.
One of my favorite quotes is, “A place for everything, and everything in its place. “
With these simple and effective techniques you’ll increase the quality and quantity of your living space.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from successful people, it’s all about the little things. Little by little you’ve accumulated this clutter, and little by little you can unclutter your life. Reduce your stress with quick and easy techniques like these!
Uncluttering Your Life: Workspace
My favorite technique involves one minute of time.
Clear your whole desk into a box, now set that box near your desk.
As you go through your day removing only the items you need, over time you’ll have a box of items you can sort into three main piles.
The 3 piles are:
When debating difficult items, ask yourself, “Does this item bring me joy?”.
Find a home for it if “yes”, discard or donate if “no”.
Uncluttering Your Life: Email
With my daily email checks, I can delete 100 emails a minute.
These techniques are versatile and can be used across life’s spectrum with digital content like bookmarks, physical documents, etc.
Daily email checks:
- Find a sender and/or newsletter that makes you roll your eyes in wonder of its origin.
- Open the email.
- Copy their email from the sender line, you’ll want this for step 6.
- Scroll down and find their unsubscribe link.
- Visit their link, and unsubscribe from all emails.
- Return to your email, in the search bar paste the sender’s email that you copied in step 3.
- Delete all email from this sender.
Create category folders for information you want to keep, I like using Zig Ziglar’s “Wheel of Life” for my main categories.
Once your inbox tightens up, the “out of place” emails become obvious and easier to organize.
You can use the search bar to target collective chunks of emails.
Try keywords like “sale” and utilize your “Open In New Window” browser function for handling tasks on the company’s website quickly.
For accounts you don’t use but prefer to keep so others can view them:
- Visit them and unsubscribe from all emails.
- Visit your account’s change password page.
- Open notepad, type in a line of gibberish then copy and paste it into the change password fields.
- Submit your changes.
- Logout, and now if you try to revisit you’ll have the discouraging task of password recovery emails and code entering to deal with.
Uncluttering Your Life: Belongings
It’s not easy, and it doesn’t have to happen all at once.
You can tackle individual sections of your room, try envisioning four equal sections.
I can’t stress the importance of respecting your space. Uncluttering your life affects the way you respect others and in turn how they respect you.
- Prioritize living space invading areas, ie: that chair serving as your coat rack.
- Place all the current section’s clothing in a bag, and wash them all (even the “clean” ones).
- Explore the possibilities in your newly reclaimed area!
Uncluttering Your Life helps multiply the good.
I believe when you rid yourself of the things you don’t enjoy, you make room for the things you do enjoy.
Since controlling my clutter I do things like dance while cleaning, or pause to gaze out my window with extreme gratitude for the beauty I’m blessed with.
I truly believe if you feel stressed, uncluttering your life can be a therapeutic way to nurture and embrace respect for yourself and others.
Hey, I’m proof!