How to Declutter Your Life
Declutter your life? Yes. Believe it or not, you can benefit from decluttering your life. Would you like to enjoy less clutter, less stress, less debt, more organization, more freedom, and more space for what truly matters to you?
You can easily enjoy many if not all of these benefits and possibly much more. I will show you how.
Why You Should Declutter Your Life
There are many reasons to declutter your life but the top of my list is the space it will leave for you to pursue what truly matters in your life.
Decluttering your life just for the sake of it will not allow you to enjoy the benefits to its full potential. You must use decluttering your life to resolve known and possible unknown issues in your life.
You must believe your home and life are may be filled with unnecessary material stuff. Stuff that does not bring any real value or happiness in your life.
Do you have stuff that takes up space and requires you to waste time and money storing and managing it? Are your closets, basement, attic, or garage filled with stuff causing your home to burst at the seems?
Do you have one or more storage units or have junk stored with friends and family? Can you barely move around in your home or workplace?
Once you believe this can be you then you will be able to enjoy the maximum benefit of decluttering your life.
Declutter Your Commitments
The first step to decluttering your life is to cut back on many of your commitments.
For most of us, our daily lives are filled with commitment after commitment. Before you know it you are bragging about how busy you are. You wear it like a badge of honor. Why?
Is this the type of life you would design for yourself if you were to design it? Many of us develop set daily routines that involve obligations and tasks that encompass the day that lack structure. This usually leads to nonproductive days, days lead to years and years become a life.
Cut back on many of your unnecessary daily commitments to give yourself room for the things you really enjoy. Be intentional and learn to say no.
Write down all of your daily commitments once in a while. This will help you get a clear understanding of what they are. From there evaluate each and every one of them.
Force each and every one of them to justify their existence. Are they necessary and more importantly do they bring happiness or value to your life? Keep or remove as needed.
You can also try batching commitments. There are many daily commitments that do not need to be done daily. They can be done every other day or even weekly.
Not only that there are commitments that may be more easily fulfilled when done together. Give it a try.
Declutter Your Relationships
I know this can be uncomfortable but necessary to live a happy life. Decluttering your relationships is not just a once-in-a-while task but should be done regularly.
There are seasons in your life and seasons in your relationships. Not all relationships are right for all seasons.
Believe it or not, childhood friends are not always meant to be friends for life. I don’t recommend designating a time and date to decide what relationships to keep and trash. It should happen naturally.
Decluttering your relationships is easier than you think. Decluttering your relationships is actually a process embedded in our DNA. We naturally gravitate to what makes us happy and away from what makes us unhappy.
To easily declutter your relationships and increase happiness in your life just spend more time with people you enjoy, positive people that enhance you, allow you to grow, and make you happy.
The next step is even more intuitive. Get rid of the people that are toxic, cause stress, and drain your energy. You know you want to do it. Give yourself permission to give them the boot.
Go Digital and Paperless
Don’t you dare skip this section! LOL. Hear me out. You know this needs to be done and ignoring it will not help. Let’s get this done once and for all.
You do have the technical expertise because going digital and paperless is easier than you think. The best part of it all is you just have to do it once and then you can stop putting it off forever.
Begin by scanning items that can be scanned and take pictures of things that cannot. Sounds stupid but viewing pictures can be just as good as viewing the originals and take up no space.
This includes important documents, receipts, invoices, statements, records, and the like. We know there are some physical documents you do need to keep physical copies of, but do your best.
There will be items you absolutely cannot let go of and live without and that is ok. Decluttering you like is not meant to be stressful and is a personal process.
Be More Intentional
This is a very important step that will lead to decluttering your life’s success. I like to ask a few questions before I purchase or look to introduce anything into my life.
The most important question to ask yourself is do you really need the item and how does the desired item add value in your life and why? Many people choose to purchase items for many reasons other than need.
Need is not the only reason to purchase an item just be sure you know why you desire to purchase the item and you are sure you are ok with that reason. It’s very important to be intentional about your purchases to ensure success in decluttering your life.
Do Not Compare
How you decide to declutter your life is totally up to you. There is no right or wrong way to proceed. There is only your way. Social media can be poison as we begin to compare people’s life highlight reel to our boring documentary.
Don’t fall for it. you have to realize social media is not real and comparison is really the thief of joy. You don’t have to give up social media I just suggest you spend less time consuming it or just understand what it truly is.
Social media is not real and was never meant to be. It’s just a made-up fantasy not meant to be compared to reality.
Declutter Your Debt
You can’t successfully declutter your life without decluttering your debt. Decluttering your life is about adding value and happiness to it. What could add more value and happiness to your life than being debt-free, making purchases that cause no debt?
Decluttering your life will lead to becoming debt-free but there are ways to realize it faster. If you don’t already have it you need to save an emergency fund of at least $1000 dollars.
If you can’t do that and if following these declutter your life suggestions don’t put you on the path to achieving it, you don’t have a declutter your life problem.
Sometimes there is a serious spending problem or a lack of earning enough income problem.
Unfortunately, those problems are beyond the of this post.
The next step is to focus on your debt, from smallest to largest. Topple them like a row of dominoes. As they fall combined with decluttering your life behaviors your momentum will increase.
At this point becoming debt-free will be just a matter of time and it will feel GREAT!
Decluttering your life will only be beneficial to you if you have clutter robbing you of space, time, money, and happiness. Decluttering your life should reclaim space, time, money, happiness and allow you to devote all of that to do what really matters in your life.
This should not be a one-time journey. You must make this a way of life to reap the full rewards on an ever going basis.
Please allow these suggestions to inspire you to become more intentional towards decluttering your life success. With the hard work behind you, all you will have to do is keep moving forward towards the declutter your the life you dream of living.