From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center – Divinely Organized
Declutter Your Life – Beyond The Home
Clutter does not only happen at home. In fact, it also can happen in your mind, your body, your schedule, your finances and your workspace. Unfortunately, chances are that if you have clutter in one of those areas, you most likely have clutter in all of those areas. If you have been trying to conquer the clutter in your home, it is time to move beyond and follow these tips for decluttering your life. Read along and let’s decutter our lives beyond our homes. And let me be perfectly transparent here…my life is not clutter-free so as I help you, I am also helping myself.
There are days when I’m not sure which task to tackle first or I feel overwhelmed by my to-do list. Just like you, life often gets in the way of my well-planned and well thought out agenda. When that happens I step back, take a deep breath and do something to re-energize and re-connect to the tools I have for maintaining my organization sanity. I may have a cup of tea, take a walk, work on a fun project for 15 minutes. Just enough time to allow myself to calm my racing thoughts. Once that is done, I delve into the tools I am sharing with you. So you see, you are not alone, we all struggle with living a balance and organized life.
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Mind – What clutters your mind? Begin by getting a notebook and a pen. Take a deep breath and think about things that you have to do. Write everything down. Once you have written things down, you can see what is necessary to accomplish right away and those things that can be scheduled to d another time. Keep this list to keep track of all of your to-dos. Also, take stock of your time wasters, like watching TV or social media. These activities can really steal your time and clutter the mind as well.
Body – Learn to schedule time for you. This could mean exercise, which will not only help your body but also clear the mind. That is what we call a twofer. 😉 Some people use clutter as a protective mechanism. If the house is full of “stuff,” they will not have to worry about others getting too close and possibly hurting them. Afterall, who wants to visit a cluttered home…right? Once they begin to let go of the “stuff” in their home, they may find that it is easier to let go of excess emotional weight as well.
Schedule – How many activities does your family have? If your family is like most, each child has at least one activity they participate in after school. Mom and Dad may each have community obligations they do that keep them on the go. To declutter your schedule, sit down as a family and talk about the activities each does that mean the most to them. If you can cut out some activities, and find more time you can spend together relaxing or having fun as a family.
Finances – Think about bills you have that are draining. For instance, is it necessary for everyone in the family to have a cell phone? If the answer is no, then let some of them go and have one extra that your teenager can use while they are away from you. Do you watch all of the channels on satellite or cable? I know I don’t. Chances are good that you don’t either, so pare your programming down to what you know you will watch. Stop eating out so often. Even though eating out is easier, it is more expensive and is often not good for your health.
Workspace – Depending on your job, workspace clutter may or may not be a problem. For those with an office desk, workspace clutter may be having too many pictures or mementos or paperwork piled up everywhere. I am also a crafter so for me, keeping crafting supplies organized is a must. For those in manufacturing positions, it may mean you cannot find your tools when you need them. By creating a functional and clean workspace, you increase your productivity, which will make you happy and probably increase your productivity.
It is unlikely that anyone consciously decides to live a cluttered life. Unfortunately, clutter tends to creep in and take over once its in. Try the tips above for decluttering your life and you may find that you are enjoying your life more and have a sense of freedom as well.
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