Updated: May 12
Excessive clutter often causes stress and affects every important aspect of life, physical, mental, professional and personal. Declutter and simplify your life; you will be happier and more confident than ever before.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, clutter means a collection of things (especially things that are not necessary or are not being used) lying about in an untidy state. Clutter distracts you from your life goals, weighs down your efforts towards achieving those goals and invites chaos into your life.
Physical clutter and mental clutter go side by side. They make you feel less in control of your life; that can undermine your confidence. The despair and poor self-confidence caused by clutter have a simple solution - decluttering. But, effective decluttering feels like a tough task if you don’t know where or how to start.
By dedicating a little of your time to declutter and simplifying your life, you will reap the rewards of a pleasant mood, reduced stress, and a more organised surrounding and more productive work output. The best way to declutter your life and increase self confidence is to take one small step at a time. Subsequently, small steps will lead to big and long-lasting results.
Why Declutter Your Life?
Clutter affects your professional and personal life in several ways. Some of the harmful effects of clutter are:
● Robs your ability to feel good within your surroundings
● You feel a constant guilt for having clutter
● Dealing with clutter can feel overwhelming
● Distracting presence makes it harder to focus
● Being overwhelmed with clutter makes you indecisive
● Takes a toll on our mental well-being and self-confidence
Address the above-mentioned harmful effects and regain control of your life by decluttering your surroundings, whether it’s at home or the workplace. It will increase self confidence and have other positive ripple effects. Declutter your life to enjoy a healthier state of mind and leverage the power and potential to live an extraordinary life.
How to Declutter and Simplify Your Life?
Decluttering your life is not just reorganising your room and workspace. Get organised and aim to get rid of excess in personal as well as professional aspects of your life to declutter. This approach will help you reduce stress, increase self confidence and achieve more. Here are ten effective ways to declutter and simplify your life.
Declutter Your Professional Life
1. Organise Your Workspace
Remove anything distracting or no longer necessary at your workspace. Minimise the content and maximise the space so that you can easily focus on tasks on your hand. Set up a basic alphabetical filing system according to project or client. Designate a spot for every item and label things, if you need to. You will be able to accomplish more tasks in the same time frame and gain better productivity.
2. Create Daily Routine
Just like you organise your workspace, you need to organise your daily routine too. Make a list of daily tasks. You will find many tasks that can be delegated to other professionals or even not worthy enough to be done at all. Decluttering your timetable will help you achieve greater efficiency in your work.
3. Declutter Your Digital Space
Technology is a wonderful invention, but it can overtake our time and lives if we don’t set boundaries. Find the balance and unplug from gadgets at times without a complete disconnect from the digital world to focus on the truly important elements of your life. You can rely on these 5 important tips to unplug from technology without a complete digital detox.
4. Manage Your Time Wisely
We often do tasks that are no longer important to us. Determine the urgency and importance of your tasks in your hand through popular time management techniques and prioritise them accordingly in your schedule. By decluttering your time, you save your mental energy and utilise them to do more important tasks instead of redundant ones.
5. Say “No” Where it Necessary
Be intentional and selective with the professional commitments you make at your workplace. Filter the commitments wisely before taking responsibility; ignore those that do not really help you grow. This approach helps you declutter your mind, otherwise, you will get tired and worn out easily and quickly, affecting your performance at the workplace. There are ways to say ‘No’ at work and still be perceived as a team player.
Declutter Your Personal Life
6. Organise Your Room
Declutter your personal space. Start with your room. Clearing off anything that is no longer necessary for you. Dump or donate those unused things. Clear and organise everything that you have decided to keep in drawers, cabinets, and closets. Do this one room at a time and proceed to other rooms at your home. Develop the habit of keeping things neatly organised and uncluttered.
7. Simplify Your Diet and Lifestyle
Your diet plays a crucial role in your physical as well as mental well-being. Declutter your diet by avoiding unhealthy food items and adding healthier choices. Determine your unique balanced diet that stimulates ease and well-being. Also, ensure you are doing sufficient physical activities like walking, exercise, Yoga and so on and not sitting idly for too long.
8. Declutter Your Mind
Your mental strength defines your life state. Every day we get through numerous emotions, experiences and ideas in our minds. Train your mind to be mentally strong through meditation and Yoga. Keeping your mind uncluttered is also crucial to filter out negative emotions and accumulating positive experiences and thoughts for a happier life.
9. Accumulate Information with Care
We are living in the ‘information age’ where we are surrounded by a lot of information thrown at us. Select what information is really valuable to your life and rely only on trusted and verified sources. Limit your time on social media portals and engage only with news sources having precise, niche and meaningful information for you.
10. Embrace Right Relationships
Decluttering your life needs embracing meaningful relationships and avoiding harmful ones. Sometimes, relationships within a family or a friendship can be very tough to maintain and even toxic. Evaluate your relationships with friends and family and choose to embrace those which are really meant for you.
Decluttering your life can result in a plethora of benefits. Stay consistent with these decluttering tips, you will find yourself a lot happier. When you get rid of clutter, you create a whole room for new and meaningful use. You create an opportunity to develop yourself. Start today and start small, then move on to achieve different goals in your life!
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