The Secret to Decluttering Your Life

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Do you feel that your life is just a little too cluttered?

Clutter comes in a wide variety of forms and can slowly accumulate over time in an almost imperceptible fashion.

Many people don’t realize that part of the reason they feel as though they don’t have enough hours in the day is due to disorder and disorganization. If you are feeling stress, your clutter definitely is not helping.

You don’t have to look much further than your email inbox to see an example of what I’m talking about.

Clutter doesn’t on the surface seem like a big deal, but it steals our most precious and valuable commodity, our time. It’s a manifestation of chaos, and we have no choice but to roll up our sleeves and tackle this issue.

Stop the Mental Clutter

It’s time for a good old-fashioned inventory. This means taking a close look at not just our tangible goods, but also our way of thinking. In my opinion, the worst kind of clutter is the kind that happens in our minds.

Taking note of the outdated ideas that are harmful to our productivity and happiness is one of the smartest moves that we can make.

Do you have self-defeating thoughts?

It is important that you identify them so you can start moving towards letting them go. And if you don’t, then you only have yourself to blame.

Eliminating Physical Disorganization

Finding these physical elements may be harder than it might initially seem — as clutter has a way of sneaking up on us.

If this describes your situation, you can be very sure that it is causing you a good deal of lost productivity. But where do you begin?

First and foremost I suggest that you buy into the idea of packing light and unloading the excess baggage of your life.

The next step is going room-by-room and taking note of objects that serve no purpose, are no longer used or are in your way.

You’d be surprised how much distracting junk you have lying around. When you are trying to focus and achieve your goals in life, this “stuff” can truly interfere.

After all, even if you are successful, tackling the largest decluttering job first will leave you feeling quite exhausted and may prevent you from moving forward.

Check for Results

If the steps that you’ve taken have indeed removed mental and physical clutter, you should be able to achieve more in a given day. More importantly, you should also notice that your stress levels are dropping.

If your mission has not reduced your stress levels, then perhaps you had very little mental and physical clutter to begin with and congratulations are in order. Another option is that you still have work do.

Staying on top of clutter is a permanent “side job.” The bottom line is that periodically you’ll need to invest the time to make sure that clutter isn’t sneaking its way back into your life.

Once you’ve removed excessive clutter from your life, you will not just have more time, but you will also have a sense of accomplishment and experience a boost to your self-esteem.

If you want to ensure your happiness, declutter your life today.