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Declutter Your Life!

by | Oct 31, 2016

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”
― Joshua Becker

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I am 37 weeks pregnant with my second child and I am experiencing something I did not encounter with my first child – nesting! That desire to unclutter and organize has sprung upon me as we entered the Fall season. I have an overwhelming urge to clean, organize and declutter.

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When I am not at home or work nesting, I spend a huge amount of time checking emails, responding to text messages, group posts and scrolling through Instagram. It dawned on me that while it is important to declutter my physical space, I should also make some changes about what enters my headspace, how I spend my time and the factors that create clutter in my life.

Everything goes back to purpose. We need to be intentional about our time, energy and decisions. Here are some tips on how to declutter your life:

  • Tackle the physical space
    • Clean your desk, bed, closet and office space. You’ll be amazed at how this will make a difference
    • Delete old files from your computer and shred unnecessary paper files
    • Use labels for what you do want to keep or scan them, keep an electronic copy and toss the paper
  • Protect your mental space
    • Set limits on how much information you take in daily – do you really need to read that many subscriptions?
    • Check your emails at specific intervals, not on demand as they come in, that’s a distraction and makes you less productive if you have to stop what your are doing every time your phone dings (as I am trying to complete this blog my phone is buzzing with reminders, messages and emails which I plan to ignore until I am finished!)
    • Unsubscribe to email lists that no longer suit you and limit your time on social media
    • Know the time wasters in your life – this could be a game that whenever you play, you look up and an hour has passed, time surfing the Internet aimlessly, unfruitful time spent on social media, an acquaintance who sends you several interesting emails daily or calls and talks for an hour every time they call
  • Guard your time
    • Review your calendar and ensure all your commitments are purposeful
    • Understand that requests are also potential commitments
    • Learn to say no. Try it. It’s liberating!

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