Clutter can be stressful – if you are looking for ways to reduce stress in life, de-clutter. Things pile up, get you disorganized, get misplaced, or even begin to take over. Simplicity can be a true joy but it may take some courage to part with some of the things you’ve accumulated. I had an eye opening experience when traveling in Spain with my son a few years ago. I lived out of a backpack for a week. I had never tried that before. It took me awhile to figure out how to do it but I adjusted. It taught me that we can all live with a little less if we need to. Culture has sold us on the idea that we must buy more, have more, and be able to store more stuff. Do you know what that creates? Stress…
- Take just 15 minutes to sort though a small area, or declutter a shelf or table.
- Put everything into one small area,
- Start with the first thing (nothing goes back in the area).
- Ask: Do I really need this? Do I use it regularly? Do you love it?
- If not – recycle, donate, sell or give it away.
- Put things back that you NEED/USE/LOVE in a space for them.
- Stop and then continue later that day or tomorrow for 15 minutes again.
- Be careful not to overdo or you might give up.
I love a quote from Steve Jobs who said, “…focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”