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8 Things to Remember When You Clear Out Your Closet

8 Things to Remember When You Clear Out Your Closet

We all groan at the thought of that dreaded time of the year – the big clear out. And we always wonder how we accumulate so much worthless junk every single year. Until we’re going through it all and we realize that actually, it’s the same junk we went through last year. Well folks, it’s time to clear out for real this time. Save yourself some pain and this year, actually get rid of your useless clutter.

1. No regrets

We’re all afraid we will throw something away that we will one day regret chucking. If you haven’t worn it in the last year, honey, you ain’t going to wear it to the pub on Friday, don’t fret. The more you squash into your cupboards, the less each trinket will mean, anyway.

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2. Avoid multiples

When we come across that picture frame, painted with pink splotches (is it a bird, is it a plane..?) our hearts melt for that treasured classroom pride of our younger selves, or perhaps we beam with pride all over again for that mother’s day gift from our child. But do we already have those paintings from art class, that lamp made in tech, and a whole storage box full of terrible art work…? Keep the pieces that are the most memorable to you.

3. You’ve still got your memories

It’s hard to let go of those old cinema tickets from the first boyfriend or that broken retro alarm clock that Nan passed down to you. But just because you get rid of the item, it doesn’t mean that you’ll suddenly forget that you dated the guy or what your dear old Nan looked like. Trust that if it’s important, you’ll remember it.

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4. The waiting game

If you’re struggling to part with that furry mink body warmer because, you never know, it could come back into fashion. Or it could make a killer werewolf costume at Halloween. Well that may be true, but equally, it could not come back into fashion. I mean how long are you willing to wait? Don’t put it off until the next clear out. CHUCK IT.

5. Shopping spree time

When you’re really struggling to chuck out the old videos (you don’t even have a working VHS machine anymore…) and that tacky waving kitten on the windowsill, comfort yourself with this thought: there’s a whole world of shops out there, just waiting for you to buy new, modern items, that actually work and are still sold.

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6. Do your bit

A lot of this stuff doesn’t have to go in the skip, either. None of it has to be a waste. When you remember how you dragged Billy Goat around the house tied to your little finger, so he could feel like he was flying, think of all the fun he could have with a new kid in a new house, and all the good that money could do for Oxfam, CRUK, the British Heart Foundation – there are so many great charity shops to choose from.

7. Don’t panic

Remember: these are all just things. They have value and we’re human so we get sentimental. But there are photographs for that and sometimes, it isn’t healthy to invest so much in a horrendous tacky rocking horse. So be brutal and get it the hell out of your house.

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8. The future’s bright. The future’s empty.

And if none of that is enough to keep you shifting it all out the window, well then, we bid you – think of all that space. Ladies and gentleman, I have a dream, where closets are empty, rails are filled with unused coat hangers, desks are usable because they are not covered in junk, boxes have absolutely nothing inside them and there are no more ‘organised’ piles of things in the corner of the room. The future’s bright. The future’s empty.

Featured photo credit: Slurpiesandstraws via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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