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;
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.
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.
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