- April 10, 2016
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Lifestyle
When we live in a world that is full of clutter we can become overwhelmed in every way. This then forces us to live a life in which we are constantly in a state of stress.
When we declutter our lives we create a less stress filled environment, we bring order to our lives, we create more time (no wasted minutes on searching for keys or important papers) and we gift ourselves with a less cluttered mind.
When our mind is not overwhelmed with minutiae we are more open to seeing the happiness that surrounds us.
The first steps in this pursuit seem to fall quite logically right in the center of the matter, the home.
I have put together my Top Ten list of ways to declutter your home. They work for me and I am hoping that they work for you too.
1. Make your bed everyday.
2. Set the timer for 15 minutes and go through your home gathering items that are not where they should be.
3. Set the timer for 15 minutes and place these items in the correct room.
4. Create a task list for every room in your home that includes everything that needs to be done to keep that room clean. For example, the bathroom list may include: empty trash can, swishy toilet, wipe down sink, pick up dirty towels.
5. Fold your bedsheets into a matching pillowcase. No more time looking for matched pieces.
6. Open your mail next to a recycle bin. Toss the junk mail right away. Shred anything with personal information.
7. Create a daily chore list for every household member.
8. Every time you wear something and then hang it back up turn the hanger. If in one year’s time the hanger has not turned toss the item (to charity).
9. When you buy new clothing staple the receipt to the price tag. If you do not wear it within the month return it. You did not need it.
10. Place all of your returns in one area of the home (or better yet in the car) and make sure that receipts are in the bag or taped to the item.
If you love these ideas then wonderful. Go ahead and use them. If they do not resonate with you then think about what really will. Share those in the comments below. I can always use more tips for organization and my readers would love to hear from you.
You may also like to read and follow the principles of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Fly Lady is also an amazing source of information and organizing tips to help you get started and to keep going for a life time.
If you enjoyed this post then please do share and do not forget to share your best tips in the comments. Thank you.