De- cluttering Life

I recently read a great blog about the beauty of simplicity. So I am trying to make my life simple by de-cluttering it.

This is the season for making new plans and implementing changes in life. So if you want a streamlined life, free of a lot of extra stuff, both literally and figuratively, go for a purge.

De-cluttering space ;

I think that sorting our clothes, books, pictures and all other stuff which is un-organized not only frees up the space but also gives us the comfort of knowing that we don’t have anything which we are not using.

The extra clothes, out dated, out-sized and worn out all can be sorted into the categories of;

Donations

Give away( disposed off)

Stored away for next season

One advice, I found to be practical is to give away or donate clothes which don’t fit anymore. If we keep them in hopes of fitting in them again, that day sometimes never comes.

Books and photographs are more difficult to organize. We seldom feel like parting with books, old or new. Some can be donated to the lending libraries but most books we would love to keep. So the trick is to store them on shelves and not in boxes or crates. A cheap book shelf is easy to get and will keep the books within your reading range. Nowadays we usually don’t have pictures in hard copies. But if you do, take some time to organize them in albums or scrap books, with a small note saying when and where. It may be useful to add who, in case of old photos. This is a time-consuming process and should be attempted when you have free time on your hands.

Knickknacks and other miscellaneous things can be either stored away or kept in appropriate place

De-cluttering digital space;

The digital space we have is limited, no matter how many giga bytes of it we have, because all things add up. Make a point to free up the space on the laptop, phone and tablet/ iPad etc by deleting old documents that you no longer need. If you feel like me that the moment you delete anything, you will have an urgent need of it, then you should buy a portable hard drive( a really large memory stick) and transfer your data on to it. iCloud, OneDrive and other online storage facilities are excellent to store data which you don’t want to part with. Uploading pictures to online data storage helps free up the space on your digital devices and may even do away with the necessity of getting a new one with more storage space.

De-cluttering mind;

The most useful and important part of de-cluttering is that of our minds. Worries, stress and concerns about future eat away the peace of mind. We can be so distracted by all that is going on in our brain that we may not perform our jobs properly. There are a few tips to de-clutter our mind;

Set priorities; do what is important first. Leave the un-important tasks for later.

Learn to let go; you cannot do everything, and achieve all that you want. So if you are unable to do something, let go of the feeling of failure and move on.

Take a deep breath; deep breathing gets more oxygen into our bodies and help us relax.

Make decisions;being decisive takes a load of your mind. But don’t go back and rethink your decisions.

Share with loved ones; as they say that a burden shared is a burden halved.

Limit the amount of media, social media and digital devices you use; we all know now that too much information, can bring chaos to our mind, so limit the amount of TV, Facebook or other media/ social media you use and give your brain a breather.

Un-wind; at the end of the day, unwind. Physically unwinding and relaxing can make our mind relaxed.

These are a few of the tips to make life simple and free from clutter.

Hope that this is useful to some of you.

Waiting for your feedback and comments.

#Keepitalive

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Writings as a part of:

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48 thoughts on “De- cluttering Life

  1. One of the things recommended when selling a house was to de-personalise it, aka getting rid of clutter. Buying the boat in 2014 we got rid of practically everything we owned. Selling the boat in 2017 meant we had nothing to transport or store until we bought a house. If nothing else, living on the boat taught us that we didn’t need a lot, and the minimalistic life suited us, so we bought the basics for the house and there’s not much clutter.

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      1. When we sold, everything we kept, including my car fitted into a 20 foot shipping container. 90% of that had to go when we bought the boat and when we couldn’t fit what was left in, 90% of that had to go too. The charity shops loved us (300 videos and DVDs) and we gave away enough furniture to furnish a 2 bed apartment.

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  2. Awesome advice, Sadje. My biggest problem is paper. Bills, mostly, but stuff relating to my kids’ health and schooling … I’m constantly drowning in it all! I really need to work on it. πŸ˜›
    Thanks for sharing this as part of Just Jot it January! πŸ™‚

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  3. Great post. I especially like the section on de-cluttering the mind. Ironically, I’m working on a piece about working towards a simpler life and is it even achievable in today’s chaotic and hectic environment we live in and unfortunately for most of us, the one we have created on our own.

    Thanks for taking the time and energy to put this together. Wonderful job.

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  4. Good post Sadje … every year, Suze and l perform a decluttering, we either sell, or donate and we have had a few big clearouts alone in the last year, have another mahoosive one coming up and just starting now, on books.

    Last year l offloaded 300 odd books,l am still offloading the DVD’s – slow process that is, and we have planned to start offloading clothing this weekend.

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      1. The easiest way l have found is to simply detach the emotion from the items. The biggest problem is that if you think they are more valuable to you emotionally, then you either overprice them or never offload them. Once you stabilise your mind and say ‘I have the emotional memory stored’ therefore l do not need this anymore – you can offload very quickly.

        Also Suze and l adopted a minimalistic approach to lifestyle, currently that’s out the window as we have things from Dad’s place here, but if you start to think in the minimal, you realise you don’t need what you have.

        We are constantly downsizing, we are in rented accom, but we now know through adapting this approach of minimalism that you fast come to realise that you can exist in much lesser space as well.

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  5. I was a hoarder – until several moves cured me of it! I do try to keep it simple and with each move I got rid of a lot – and then collected more. No, it was not by choice. My children God bless them, like to be generous and have gifted us with a lot of stuff we don’t need. It sits in totes in the basement or on shelves collecting dust. This Christmas I literally begged them not to do this, and I think I succeeded – we still received gifts, but this time it was stuff we actually could use. We live in a throw away society and we really don’t need half to three quarters of the stuff we own. I like your tips, but with work and family obligations de-cluttering once again will have to wait a bit. Great post!

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    1. Thanks for your great feedback. Absolutely right. We own more than we can use. And there are people who would appreciate it, if it gets to them. But time and effort is required to declutter.

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