Excessive clutter is often a cause of stress. It can affect every facet of your life. Clutter can affect your overall enjoyment of life, weigh you down, and in general it invites chaos into your life. Clutter doesn’t always mean the excess stuff around your living space. It can be the possessions, ideas, relationships, and activities that don’t bring value to your life. So reassessment of your priorities is important so that you can strip away the excess stuff. Here’s a little guide I made that might help you get started.
1. Declutter your living space — The less things you have the less complicated your life will be. We create our own world around us and fill it with items. Things become old and useless with time. Survey your surroundings and get organized. Sort your items in three categories—keep, donate, and throw away. Keep the things that you really need, and throw away or give away old stuff you no longer need. Give yourself some extra breathing room. The more you clear from your living space, the lighter you feel.
2. Think about your clothes — Always try to keep your cloths where they belong. Dirty items should go in the hamper. Go through your closet and start reducing the clutter. Anything of your cloths that you haven’t worn in six months is not worth keeping. Keep only the clothes that you love and use frequently. Throw out or donate unused clothes to someone who might want it.
Think the categories of your cloths that cover all categories of your life. The categories may be Casual Outfit, Classy Outfit for office, sloppy clothes that you like to wear at home, and Yoga or prayer clothes if needed. Select only 3 or 4 sets of cloths for each category.
3. Be free from debt and start saving — Being free from debt is very important if you really want to be a minimalist or declutter your life. You will never feel free if you are in debt. So pay that off as fast as you can. If you’re not in debt, keep it that way. Also think about savings a certain amount of money every month as backup for emergencies. A brilliant idea is to start investing in your own business as an extra source of income instead of just your job. This will make you more financially stable.
4. Eat the same meals — Eating the same meals everyday might be annoying and terrible to many people. But eating specific food filled with enough nutritious value is actually just simple. Many famous people who are successful in their health area apply this principle. In this way you can easily know what is coming in your body on a daily basis. Just make sure that the meals contain the nutrition you need. Also think of enough proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats like fish or avocado.
5. Stop watching too much TV — How much time do you spend watching TV on a weekly basis? If the answer is 20/25 hours then it means that you are having a second part-time job—watching TV. It’s one of the most low-value activities that waste your time. You can do much more fun stuff than watching TV.
The poor TV programs and stupid ads can make you more depressed. You can escape newspaper ads or Internet ads while you read newspaper or browse Internet. But only TV can force you to watch it’s stupid ads.
6. Identify what’s important, and eliminate the rest — Days will fill up with time-wasting activities if you aren’t careful. An important thing you need to remember that being productive isn’t just about getting things done—it’s also about leaving things undone. The efficiency and simplicity of your days depends strongly on the elimination of non-essential tasks. So you must take time to identify what’s most important to you, and then eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else.
7. Prioritize what’s most important — Life without goals is like a race without a finish line. So if you don’t have goals, start setting goals for your life right now. Make a list of your life goals and priorities. See the list everyday and remind you what to focus on today. Focus only on the most important parts of your life. Prioritize what’s most critical part in your life right now. Determine the main things you need and eliminate the things you don’t need.
8. Spend quality time — End of the day; ask yourself—how did you spend your time today? What did you do on your goals? It’s important to know where you’re spending your time on. You can do much more fun stuff than spending time on low-value activities like watching TV or just passing time with your friends who are holding you back. Time is one of the most valuable assets you have. So you have to ensure the optimum utilization of your time.
9. Declutter your friendships — It’s important to know with whom you spend your time. You should nurture the positive relationships, relationships that make you feel good; and get rid of negative relationships, relationships that are holding you back. Spend more time with positive people who help you grow and make you feel happy. Also you should get rid of toxic people who only drain your energy.
10. Reconsider your routines — Many of us do not have any set routines. Doing daily tasks haphazardly without any set routines never make you happy and productive. It leads to chaotic days and a drop in productivity. It’s helpful to write down all of your daily tasks and try to follow it. Having a set routine will help your days more productive.
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