3 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Life
Do you find yourself juggling so many tasks and relationships with very little time for yourself? Perhaps you find yourself running all of the time but feel like you are going nowhere. You, like so many of us, are plagued with that nagging feeling of having too much to do with the inability to handle your schedule optimally.
And when you open the closet or pantry you feel trapped, stuck and overwhelmed by all of the STUFF. But somehow you keep adding more every day just to keep up with everyone else because you are suffering from that dreaded disease called FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).
Take a sip. Breathe. Let me say this to you gently, “Your overcrowded life is holding you back from being remarkable.” You are crashing and burning and no one can see you because of the mask that you wear daily.
You need to declutter your life.
I’m not trying to be hard on you. I’m here because I understand. I have been there. Yet, I know that there is hope beyond the clutter. But, you must do the work. God never intended for us to drown in the sea of clutter: commitments, personal files, digital data, and information.
Take back your life! Begin to design the Remarkable Life that God has promised you – full, meaningful and lacking nothing. Best of all, you can rest and build the life of your dreams. I’m here to share three simple ways to do so, with grace and ease:
1. Decide Where to Start: Divide your life into key areas in need of decluttering: home, finances, mindset, closet, computer, etc. Think about your life and what you want your remarkable life to look like at the end of this year. What remarkable happenings will you seek to bring into reality? What big and mini goals will it take to accomplish them? What will your keystone habits – daily habits that become routine – will you need to implement? Visualize it. A great way to see it is to create a Remarkable Life Wheel. This tool helps you learn how you can create a well-designed, restful and fruitful life.
2. Just Do It: Make the commitment and discipline yourself to make it happen. Once you decide where to start, spring into action. Just do it! For example, if you have decided to rule and subdue your overflowing closet or pantry, pick a room, a closet, or a shelf and get started.
Pick up each item once and ask yourself, “Do I use this regularly? Do I love this item?” Does it move you towards or away from the remarkable ways you seek to design and live? If the answer to these questions is “no” then the item needs to be sold, donated, given away or trashed. Have a box or colorful clothes basket for each of those categories to put your discarded items in.
Put away the items that you’re keeping in their proper place. Once you use them, return them back to their proper home immediately. Always remember, “there’s a home for every place and every place has a home.”
If you have a lot of stuff, it might seem overwhelming. Try setting a timer using the Pomodoro time management method and just work until you complete it. Also, limit your decluttering to one small area for those 10 minutes. That way, you’ll really be able to see some progress.
Try not to get carried away by spending too much time on this. Working on decluttering for 15-30 minutes a day for a month is a lot better than overloading yourself and quitting after a few days.
3. Go a little further each day. Once you’ve gotten started with your decluttering, keep moving forward. Finish one area and then move on to the next. Your enemy is perfection. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just make excellence your goal. Simply do a good job in a reasonable amount of time.
Any work you’re putting into this will result in progress. Remember to work from a place of grace and ease. Make sure to add it to your planner and track your progress. Speaking of a planner, click here if you want to learn more about the Rest and Build Your Best Remarkable Year Planner. It’s designed to help you declutter your life. And you can purchase and start right where you are and use it for an entire year!
Decluttering your life is more beneficial than you probably realize. It’s not only easier to find things, but you’ll have adequate space to put everything away in its proper place. Clutter weighs on your mind 24/7, whether you realize it or not. Avoid letting it stress you out or take over your life.
You’ll be surprised at how much more relaxed you feel when the clutter is out of your life so that you can rest and build a lifestyle. Now, that you are finished with your tea, it’s time to activate and begin the declutter journey. If you want to comment on your progress or if you have questions, please feel free to share in the box below.