We can reduce much stress, increase effectiveness and be generally happier if we make an effort to declutter our lives.
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You don’t have to wait until spring to organize. It can be a mindful, all the time task. But I also know, that decluttering can be an overwhelming task that must be handled in much the same way you eat an elephant… one spoon full at a time.
A series of small focused steps can have a huge impact.
Since this year our goal is to accomplish specific tasks, its best to focus on that space first.
1. Clean. Remove everything, create a pile if you must. Admire the empty space and allow yourself to claim it.
2. Don’t let the pile haunt you, but don’t feel like you need to take care of it all at once. Pick one piece at a time and make a decision. Do you love it? Do you need it? If not, and know that 80% of the stuff we hold on to we never look at again, recycle it, donate it, or give it away.
3. Eventually you will have a pile of items you love. Organize a space for them. Give them a home. A place you can return them to.
This is important, but especially important if you only have a part time space or you need to share your space with others.
4. In some cases you’ll have a “maybe” pile. If you don’t touch anything in 6 months let it go.
The act of simplifying and organizing will do wonders for your stress level and motivation. Maintaining is a practice in self discipline.
The possibilities and YOU are limitless!
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