If only decluttering our lives was as easy as decluttering our closets! Well, even though decluttering your life is just a tad bit more intensive, it can be done. But first you have to admit that your life is cluttered with unnecessary stuff.
I realized it in my own life when I started to think that running around harried all of the time was normal. It’s not. So even though much of my clutter was “good clutter” — being room mom, helping a relative manage their rental property, giving a talk at a church ladies’ day — it was still clutter.
So, little by little, I’ve been cutting back. My room mom duties are done. I’ve stepped away from the rental property, and my speech has been given. But there was more clutter for me to cut… and I’m working on it!
Here’s how to declutter your life.
First things first.
What’s at the top of the list of your most important things in life? For me, it’s my husband and children. Before you can decide what you want to get rid of, you have to decide what you want to keep. Now, of course, I want to keep my family, but it goes beyond that. If they really are in the top spot, I need to make sure that life clutter isn’t keeping me from living like they’re my priority. Because if I’m too busy with “good clutter” to be there for them, that defeats my purpose.
So in your life, decide what’s most important and measure every other activity by how it supports, or takes away from your top spot holder. If your family is in first place, think twice before you take on another volunteer role or extra hours at work.
I mentioned “good clutter” a little earlier. Good clutter consists of things that in and of themselves are great — volunteering in your child’s classroom, leading your book club, helping at a homeless shelter — but this may not be the time in your life to fit “good clutter” into your schedule. Save some of those good things for later. Fully invest in what matters most in your life now, so you’re not stretched too thin.
Time clutter is anything that sucks away chunks of your very valuable time. Maybe for you it’s the Internet, watching TV shows, or …. To give yourself and your life space, you need to make sure you’re using your time for the things you value most. Pretend that your life is a clothes closet. You don’t want stained and worn out clothes taking up space you could use for fresh and stylish clothes.
The more stuff you have, the more you have to take care of. As an oft-quoted saying goes, Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. You’ll have to be reasonable about that rule, of course, but it makes sense. Taking care of our possessions can rob us of our time. And when our time is taken we can’t enjoy the best things in our life.
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