Every spring at my home and office, we like to play the unmanifesting game, which I’ve been sharing with you the past few weeks. Unmanifesting is one of my favorite spring-time activities because it really means that we are releasing things that no longer have value or importance to us. This is critical because these material items are draining us of time, money, and life energy. To motivate you, consider thinking of these strategies as a way to help charity and yourself.
Think of your time and efforts to clear out your spaces as actually doing something that could benefit others because of what you donate into the world.
De-cluttering a whole house can seem overwhelming. BUT if it’s broken down into bite size chunks, it can be handled with ease.
- Start by de-cluttering for 10 to 15 minutes a day. It’s enough time to achieve something. It’s short enough that we can all fit it into our busy schedules. If you do this one thing, it becomes a good habit. It will also ensure you keep your home or office clutter free in the future.
- De-clutter storage space first. Once you get control of drawers, cabinets and closets it will be so much easier to find a home for everything.
- Pick one room for your 15-minute daily sessions and stick to it until everything is de-cluttered. It doesn’t really matter which room you start with.
- Be ruthless in deciding what to keep and what to let go. You can’t succeed at de-cluttering and simplifying your life or office unless you are willing to let stuff go. To make it easy, take the attitude that you are prosperous enough that if you happen to get rid of something you need in the future, you will simply give yourself permission to buy a new one, rent it, or even buy one from a secondhand store at a bargain.
- The bottom line is to go into this STUFF DIET with the mindset that most stuff can be replaced!! (because it CAN!)
- Deal with paper. Little and often works best. Paper causes a lot of clutter. Bills, invoices, and receipts without a system get out of control fast. For example, you can stop paper clutter by creating a simple system for incoming mail. You’ll need a bin and a 2-tier tray. Designate one tray for items that require action, and the other for documents that need to be filed. Set up a filing system that suits your own personality and needs. Create reminders for scheduling actions like paying bills, appointments, and events. Outlook on your computer is a good system.
- As soon as you bring something new into the house or office, set aside storage space for it. Always keep it in its place when not in use.
De-cluttering releases the blocks that have been holding you back. It ignites the fires of energy within you – energy you didn’t even know you had! The stress in your face and body will ease and your confidence will return when you feel more in control. Things start to fall into place in every area of your life when you de-clutter your surroundings.
Your new motto: If it doesn’t serve a purpose, have meaning or monetary value—out it must go!
Love and Light,