August 4, 2011

Wellness Wednesday

Affirm for yourself that you are a success. Affirm that you are successful in getting rid of your clutter. If you are having a hard time getting started, be grateful that you are such a successful clutterer. Who else could have amassed such a collection of stuff?     Source Unknown

Today's Wellness Wednesday is about ridding our lives and minds of clutter. I am sure that you have heard that a cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind. Clutter is also shown to make you feel more stressed and inhibits productivity.
This particular subject is one that I struggle with... I love keeping "stuff" and I am so overly sentimental- "oh I cant get rid of that - what if (insert various doomsday scenario where I may actually need said item)." I have experienced first hand how good it feels to declutter and only have the essentials.... but I do need to make this more of a daily practice - not a once a year mad women raid- bagging things up (and then driving around with bags of things in my jeep forgetting to stop by goodwill).
 I am really hoping that in writing this post some of the declutter tips will really rub off on me..

15 Great Declutter Tips

1.Declutter for 15 minutes every day. It’s amazing how much you can get through if you just do it in small increments like this.

2.Don’t allow things into the house in the first place. Whether you’ve begun decluttering the living space, or you’ve just completed it, stop bringing in new stuff NOW. Even if that’s ALL you do and don’t start decluttering immediately, if you can only establish one habit at a time, establish the no-more-stuff habit first. This way, when you do get to decluttering the existing stuff, you’ve already stopped making it worse. Think of bailing out a boat with a hole in it. You can bail and bail, but it won’t do anything for the leak.

3.Donate stuff you’re decluttering, so you don’t feel bad about wasting it.

4.Create a Joe’s Goals chart with decluttering on it — either daily, or 3 times a week. Check off the days when you declutter, and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment.

5.Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room, doing the superficial stuff first – surfaces, empty the bin etc. Repeat, but do more the 2nd time around – ie. open the cupboards.

6.Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen. If the kitchen is tidy, tidy up the next room – it’s only 3 minutes but it keeps you on top of everything (helps if you have an Englishman’s obsession with Tea as well!)

7.Use the “one in, two out” rule. The rule: whenever you bring in an item, you have to throw away two other items. First you cheat, by throwing out two pieces of paper, but soon you will have to move to big stuff.

8.Make your storage space smaller and more minimal. If you have lots of storage, you’ll fill it with stuff.

9.Clothing rule: If you haven’t worn an item in 6 months, sell or donate it.

10.The One-Year Box. Take all your items that you unsure about getting rid of (e.g. “I might need this someday…”), put them in a box, seal it and date it for 1 year in the future. When the date comes, and you still didn’t need to open it to get anything, donate the box WITHOUT OPENING IT. You probably won’t even remember what there was in the box. I love this one!!

11.Declutter one room (including any closets, desks, cabinets, etc.) before starting on the next one. Spending time in that room will feel *so* good, and it will be so easy to keep clean, that it will motivate you to do more!

12.Keep a list in your planner labeled “Don’t Need It – Don’t Want It.” When you’re out shopping and run across some kind of gadget or other item you crave, note it down on the list. This will slow you down long enough to reconsider. Also, seeing the other things on the list that you nearly bought on impulse really helps.

13.Internalize that your value is not in your “stuff”. It is just “stuff”. And realize that your value grows when you share your “stuff”. Hoarding is a selfish act. How true!!

14.Have someone else (who you trust!) help you go through things. They don’t have the (sometime’s irrational) emotional attachment that you might have, but can still recognize if something should be kept.

15.Gift everything. Books you’ve read immediately get recycled among friends, family or local libraries. If you buy a new gaming system, donate your old one – and all the games
One more for the car that a client of mine shared with me.... 
When stopped for gas- go through your car and empty out all trash and make sure things are clean and neat. If your car is clean go through your bag or purse. (I have actually started doing this one and I LOVE IT!)

Last night I wanted to declutter my food cupboards... I ended up finding supplies to make a delish pasta salad... Ill get the recipe to you soon!

Any more great decluttering tips out there to share??

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