5 ways to de-clutter your life
1. Delete any emails that have been in your Inbox for more than 1 month… and maintain and INBOX number of less than 30 emails. Yea, you heard me. If you haven’t deleted it or responded to it in a month then it is just adding to the subliminal stress that you’re not even aware of. Honestly, do it because it is SUPER liberating! If you’e a worrier, let me comfort you. If those emails you deleted were really THAT important and it NEEDED to be addressed then I’ll bet you that the original sender of that email will probably send you another one. I used to have over 1,000 emails of just a bunch of
“meh I’ll keep that just in case.”
I’d let it pile up and pile up. The pesky red number on my phone or computer just became a regular stress. I would tell myself that one day I’d go through and just delete everything, but guess what… that is just one more thing on my ‘To Do’ list, and it never actually happened. So here’s the rule. When you get emails, delete them or reply. Technology makes it so easy these days, you can actually just SWIPE left and it goes away forever. If it is that important then give it the GOLDEN STAR and get to it later!
2. Open your bank account application or your bank statements, and go through and DELETE any subscriptions to things you don’t need anymore, i.e. magazines, supplements, app charges, downgrade your TV/Internet plans, that $5.00/month thing that you thought you’d use, stupid credit cards. You may not realize it right now, but I’m sure there’s one or two things that you can remove from your reoccurring charges that could save you UP TO $100.00 per month.
3. In the 3 places that you spend most of your time: ‘work station’, car, and kitchen/bedroom clear ALL clutter from the counters and floor. Okay, lets break this down specifically.
- Our home is our primary environment and I’ve noticed that we are the way we live. What our home looks like reflects who we are as people, even if you don’t want to accept it or are in denial of it. Don’t you want to be that person that ‘has it all together’ out there in the world? Well, it starts with your home. If you’re careless and messy, and un-orderly in your home then you won’t even realize that you’re messy out there in the world. This is simple: one step forward to remove clutter. Throw away, or put in closets and drawers anything on your counters and floors. Everything needs a home so there should be NOTHING on your counters and NOTHING on your floors.
- The kitchen sink. The dreadful, and disgusting, and annoying kitchen sink. Tell yourself these words right now, “I will not go to sleep at night no matter how late until there are no overnight dishes.” House rule, roommate rule, personal rule… don’t lay your head down at night until all the dishes are done.
- Your car can be homey and warm and have all the things you need on the go, but it should not look like a homeless person lives in there. Purchase plastic rubbermaid tubs for the “STUFF” in your car. Always have a plastic bag, or place for garbage! Those left over Starbucks cups, sneaky gum wrappers, and receipts have a home and it’s called the garbage.
- Work should be the easiest place to keep clean because everyone see’s your desk, having accountability is a blessing in disguise. Set the standard that your desk is always the cleanest in the office. The same rules apply for your work environment as it does the above home and kitchen environments. Leave your work space organized after every work-day.
5. Clean out your wallet. Ladies, I know this might be you because we tend to have quite the messy purses. Gentleman… maybe a few of you! Open up that wallet and SPEND every GIFT CARD in there and throw it away. Relinquish the responsibility of recording purchases from receipts to your local banking application. And get your life down to 1 or 2 purchase cards!