It is widely believed that if your surroundings are cluttered, you will not be as productive. Excessive clutter is often a symptom and a cause of stress and can affect every facet of your life, from the time it takes you to do things to your finances and your overall enjoyment of life.
People should make the effort. Whatever it takes to keep your environment clutter-free, it will be worth it. You will reduce your stress levels when you create an uncluttered environment. You will be able to find things faster which gives you the time to work on important items. Even if not for work, you will have more time to spend with your friends and family.
According to Julie McCormick (2018), the best way to tackle the decluttering of your home, your work space, and your life is to take things one small step at a time. Combined, small steps will lead to big improvements that will be easier to maintain over the long-run.
How do you get started? As simply as possible, according to Babauta (2013):
· Take just 10 minutestoday to sort through a pile, or declutter a shelf or table or countertop.
· Put everything into one pile, and start with the first thing you pick up (no putting things back in the pile).
· Ask yourself: do you really need this? Do you use it regularly? Do you love it? If the answer to any of these is no, then recycle, donate, or give it to someone who might want it. Put it in a box for these purposes.
· Put things back that you need/use/love, with space between things. This is their “home” and you should always put them back there.
· Stop after 10 minutes, continue tomorrow for another 10 minutes, and so on, one small spot in your home at a time.
· If you want to do more than 10 minutes, go ahead, but be careful not to overdo it in the beginning or you’ll think it’s difficult and not want to continue.
Julie McCormick in lifehack.org also have the following suggestions:
Your Work Area
If you want to be more productive and focused in your work, getting the clutter out of your work area is essential.
Outside of work, home is where many of a bulk of our time. So, it’s no wonder that a messy house can add to daily stress.
Decluttering your work area and your home are great ways to start reducing the clutter and stress in your life, but there’s still more than you can do.
How to Maintain Order Over the Long-Term
Once you’ve successfully decluttered, whether it be one area or all the areas mentioned above, clutter will inevitably begin to creep back into your life. You must be vigilant in weeding it out on a regular basis, or it will just take over your life again.
As Dawn Nadeau (2012) said: I figured out it wasn't just about the stuff — it was also about me.
Few things flourish if neglected. But thanks to the sense of calm I achieve just by knowing where everything in my home is, I can stay on top of the volume. I recognize bottlenecks when they start, and give myself permission to change a system that is not working. And with that, I've found the keys to being "home at last."
If you want more interesting ideas on decluttering, please see 34 Ingenious Ways To De-Clutter Your Entire Life athttps://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/how-to-de-clutter-your-entire-life?utm_term=.umGRqPARM0#.yd3jglejrY
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