How To Declutter Your Life

The first thing that comes to mind when we talk about decluttering is Marie Kondo’s unique method of decluttering and organising of our belongings. But decluttering goes beyond just our physical space. It’s about being intentional about simplifying your life and getting rid of things that don’t matter. This way, you can make more space for things that matter and lead more productive and happy lives! Essentially, you can declutter your mind, digital space and the intangible things around us, like relationships.

Physical

As Marie Kondo said “Discard anything that does not spark joy.” We often find decluttering a pain because we are either emotionally attached to our belongings or we feel the need to keep it just in case. Yet we don’t actually need most of the things that we keep! Ask yourself, have you used in the past 6 months? If the answer is no, you probably won’t use it in the future either! Only keep the necessities or things that make you happy. (Think winter wear or photo albums of your childhood days). Remember to sort and label them into clearly defined categories so that you won’t have to flip the whole house upside down just to find them! If you really, really can’t bear to discard those things, keep them in a box. If you don’t use any of the things in the box after 6 months, discard them. No more just in case.

Digital

Now that you have decluttered your physical space, it’s time to move on to your digital space! We’re always complaining that we don’t have enough memory space on our devices. But do we really need that much memory space? Rather than upgrading to a device with a larger memory space, why not make some space instead? It keeps your devices organised and it’s definitely much lighter on your wallet! Start deleting pictures, videos or apps that you no longer use. Yes, it’s painful to delete a random screenshot that you took 5 years ago, but do it anyway. Declutter your home screen or desktop by catergorising them into folders. Suffering from an overflowing inbox of unread emails? Unsubscribe to newsletters that no longer appeal to you and start deleting your junk mail!

Mental

Remember how Steve Jobs was always wearing the same clothes? Turns out, there’s actually some science behind it! We make thousands of decisions every single day. We think about what to eat, we think about what to wear and even that to do. In the long run, this can lead to mental fatigue. So give your mind a break instead of being overloaded with information, decisions and things to remember! Set reminders, keep a schedule and create a to-do list to help you focus and cut down on decision making throughout the day. Allow your mind to wander from time to time and engage in your favourite hobbies. You don’t have to be ‘productive’ every single minute of the day. Speak to a trusted friend or therapist if you find yourself struggling to cope with the stress and worries that are constantly running through your mind. Perhaps a new perspective can help you to better understand and compartmentalise your thoughts and feelings.

Relationships

Friends who put you down and criticise you all the time? Feel that they are just making use of you? It’s time to let go of people who bring negativity in your life! It’s definitely hard to walk away from them. You might have had many years of friendship with them, or you might have owed them a favour once. But know that it’s okay to put yourself first. Your mental wellness and happinesses should be your priority. It’s also okay to outgrow your friends. After all, our direction and priorities change as we grow older. Surround yourself with positive people who make you happy and support your growth. Positive energy is contagious!

 

Where do I start? There’s so many things to declutter! Take small steps. You don’t have to declutter everything in a day. Start with a portion of your room and gain momentum from there!

 

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