Is it possible to declutter your life right now?
We all live in chaos to some extent, and a little order, a little peace, clarity and cleanness can never hurt.
It is possible to have that in your life right now. I can’t promise you that the clutter will be gone, or even that it will be reduced for a long time. But I know that there are small actions we can take today that will make a big difference in our tomorrow.
And if we make it a habit to always look for chances to declutter, to free ourselves from stuff, people and thoughts we don’t really need, we can have a pretty peaceful life with days filled with more joy and less or no stress.
Here are the 6 things you can do today to have a better tomorrow:
1. Throw away stuff
I know many people who keep old possessions they haven’t used for years, who have sentimental objects that just take space and not only need to be cleaned and fixed every now and then but also make them upset and become a burden.
Such people live in denial. They’re too attached to their belongings and that makes them weak. The only option to have more freedom in your life in such case is to throw things you don’t use or need away. Give them to charity or to friends if you can. But just get rid of them.
Remember that they take up space in your house, but also in your mind and soul. So don’t let them complicate your life. Simplify it by removing them from your home and thus create more space for something new and better.
2. Leave unfinished projects behind
It’s in our nature nowadays to want it all. To want more of everything, to get things done faster, and to start new projects before we’ve completed the previous ones.
It’s the same with daily tasks. We want to cross as many as we can off the to-do list, and the result is that we haven’t done anything properly and still don’t feel accomplished at the end of the day.
Taking up many projects, knowing that we don’t have the time and energy to give our best and focus on each, is what makes us unproductive and unorganized.
Clutter comes into our life, stays there, and we get overburdened with new tasks. We feel overwhelmed and stressed.
What to do?
Learn how to focus on 1-3 big things a day. And most importantly, focus on one activity at a time. Only this way can you do your best and see results.
Also, learn to eliminate things that are meaningless, not urgent or have nothing to do with your life goals.
Many of the projects we take up are like that. We either do them for someone else or just think they must be done. When, in fact, our life won’t change in any way even if we leave them unfinished.
3. Declutter your room
It all starts there.
If you wake up and see a pile of clothes next to you and tens of notes and folders on your desk, then you start the day in a bad mood and nothing seems to be able to make it better.
But it takes just one day – a few hours actually – to put everything back in its place. And to learn to keep it like that. Then you’ll feel a lot better, find things easier at home and be more organized.
4. Eliminate toxic people
Some people in your surroundings are toxic. You may not have realized it, but they are too negative, discourage you, treat you badly, require too much attention, and don’t support you in your endeavors.
Well, these are the types of people you shouldn’t spend time with. Make your circle smaller, `your vision and peace of mind will get bigger.
5. Reduce your desires
It’s often chaos in our heads too. We think about so much stuff all the time. And, which is worse, we want many things at once.
Our life goals are way too many. And the short-term ones are even more. Which makes it impossible for us to actually do something about them and move forward. That’s because at any moment we want to achieve more in so many areas in life, that we end up getting nothing done.
Also, the mind needs to be focused on 1-3 things. So prioritize and work only on what matters and will give you the results you want.
6. Have routines
Life is way easier if you have a fixed time for waking up, have planned out your first hour of the day (which is your morning ritual), know what to do first when you go to work (or to your home office), and basically when you have set hours for everything.
It doesn’t mean you need to be punctual and do everything on autopilot all day. It just means that you won’t need to think too much about it and waste energy in planning your whole day over and over.
You can also decide what to eat for breakfast every day, what to do before you go to sleep, when to check email and when to be active on social media. Things like that matter a lot as usually, we spend too much time trying to think of the best option for the current situation.
In fact, what we need is routines. They also help us find balance and discipline in our day.
So these are the 6 quick things you can do right now that will help you declutter your life. Try them out for yourself to see that they work wonders.
Over time, turn all these into habits. As a result, you’ll feel so much better, will start the day with positive energy and ready to do your best, will be disciplined and have more willpower. That’s how the clutter eventually goes away. And then makes room in your mind, home and life for freedom, joy, rest, better people and optimism.
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