Power Decluttering Tips For Busy People
By Kerul Kassel
fact: People have never had this much “stuff” before. If you’ve
ever lived in a house built before 1940, you know how little the
closet space was – people just didn’t have many things.
are the reasons we accumulate stuff? Today stuff is so cheap,
plentiful, available, even unavoidable, that it’s normal to have
clutter. Don’t beat yourself up for having too much stuff, because
that doesn’t motivate you to get rid of it or start to practice
simple, easy habits for dealing with it.
paper clutter is piled up and spilling over, remember that print
outs take up more room on paper than they do on your hard drive or a
floppy disk. Many of those resources could be easier to look up on
the Internet than finding them in some paper pile. Researchers find
that people don’t ever look at 80 percent of the paper accumulated
after it’s filed, stacked or piled up. Be frugal and judicious
about what you print out, what you subscribe to, and be ruthless
about recycling everything you can before you accept or open it,
especially mail. The same can be said of email. Use your email
software program’s auto-preview feature.
effects does clutter have on us? What is the price for continuing to
Clutter reduces focus, energy, effectiveness, efficiency, and a
professional or “together” image. It leads to feeling overwhelmed,
it negatively affects relationships with others, it’s extra baggage
you don’t need, it may badly impact your credit report if bills are
paid late, and you may miss out on fun. You also feel
embarrassment, shame and guilt – whew – that’s no party!
Becoming fully aware of the effects of clutter is an important step
in motivating you; but keeping your eye on what freedom from clutter
will be like is like inspirational rocket fuel. You’ll be more
productive, have more peace of mind, enjoy a tidy space that makes
work and life easier, be able to find things quickly, be able to
easily focus on what needs to get done, and feel comfortable
inviting coworkers into your office and friends and family into your
news: Being organized is just a simple habit:
take much time or effort to be organized. Is it worth 10 minutes a
day? That’s all it takes to prevent clutter from taking over your
daily life. Every day, devote 10
minutes at a consistent time – before or after a TV show, during
commercials, before bed, just when you get home from work, etc. – to
put items away, deal with pending items and read stuff you’ve been
meaning to get to. Or do it two or three times a day for three or
four minutes each time, and make it a habit. This is a powerful
tool to conquer clutter before it accumulates.
very simple, no-brainer habit to get into is putting things away as
soon as you’re done with them.
Everything should have a location or “home,” and that’s where it
belongs. Stock multiples of the same item in different places for
convenience sake; scissors, pads of paper, pens, telephones,
important phone numbers, business cards, even cash, for instance.
staging areas for items in transit from one location to another,
such as the bottom and top of the stairs, by the back door or
outside of a room. The idea here is as you pass by, you take the
items and put them away. It won’t take anymore than 90 seconds to
put those things in their “homes.”
“One thing in, one thing out” is a quick method for preventing
crammed closets, bulging file cabinets, overstuffed drawers,
spilling-over bookcases, even jammed pantries. When you put
something away, remove an item that is never used, not appreciated
or expired, and move it out of your life. “One in, six out” is
great practice to incorporate if you haven’t done this in a while.
down projects: We are often overwhelmed when facing massive
clutter – it’s just too much! Make a list of the areas that bother
you the most, and break those areas down into tasks then…
Schedule short blocks of time:
Schedule a half an hour to 45 minutes, and that’s all!
Put the clean-up schedule in your calendar on a certain day at a
specific time, and commit to following through. If you get carried
away, and work for longer, great! Use a timer if you have other
appointments or tasks to do to avoid working for longer than your
schedule permits. Before you’re done, schedule the next time and
date you’ll work on the tasks again. The progress you see will
motivate you to continue, as will recognizing the cost for
continuing to harbor the clutter.
the future: Curbing the impulse to buy or bring in: This is a
biggie! Before you purchase new clutter, think about a few things
first. Do you really need it? Will you really use it? Do you
already have it? Do you have room for it? Do you really love it?
Resist the impulse to buy, accept or keep things that aren’t a
definite YES as they’ll only contribute to clutter and stress. Keep
your space streamlined and you’ll feel better about yourself, your
space and your ability to accomplish whatever you intend to.
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