Six Steps To Declutter Your Life
In this blog, we have put together six effective steps to got a question for you: since Covid-19 decided to become the third wheel in all of our lives, have you found yourself reflecting on your life more than you did before?
Has Covid prompted you to reassess your priorities? Where you live, how you spend your days, what you value, your friendships. Maybe you’ve realized the things that you crave in your life are not present?
If you are answering yes to all, some or one of these questions – you are not alone! It’s been nineteen long months since the pandemic hit our shores and how our lives have changed.
In response to these feelings, we’ve decided to try an experiment; to embark on a challenge to live a more simplified life. A life where the little moments feel big, the space around us is meaningful and our time spent is time well spent!
Six steps to declutter your life.
1. Cultivate a morning routine
Leaving some aspects of your life to chance is always exciting, but waking up and having a purpose fulfilled morning will add fuel to your day.
There are studies that show that humans are able to make a certain number of decisions each day and once we reach that limit, we feel easily overwhelmed and simple tasks seem chaotic – it’s called decision fatigue. That’s why Steve Jobs wore the same thing every day, it’s why we often find ourselves gravitating towards the same, standard sandwich from the same cafe for our work lunches.
By creating a morning routine, you remove a whole lot of decisions from the start of your day. Your brain can take comfort in knowing what you are going to be doing for the first hour of each day, and it will set you up for all of the unknowns that come your way.
The tricky thing about a morning routine is that you have to want to do it. Don’t set yourself the goal of running each morning if you hate running. Choose exercise that you find easy or enjoyable and work up from there. If you find mediating difficult but would like to start, try a five-minute mindfulness session rather than going hard with thirty minutes.
You need to own your morning routine, but here are some building blocks to get you started:
Mindfulness: this could be meditating, breathwork, journaling.
Movement: run ten kilometres or do some light stretching – whatever it is, make it achievable and preferably outside.
Nourishment: drink a big glass of water, and then have whatever will make you feel good. If that’s a big old cup of black coffee then do that (but perhaps make that your first and last of the day).
2. Declutter your closet every, single month!
I hear you screaming at the screen some version of: “Between the kids and the washing, how am I supposed to find the time to declutter my wardrobe?!”
It’s similar to your morning routine, and you’re not going to like hearing it again but – you’re going to have to make time. Once you’ve achieved your major overhaul – think Marie Kondo – the monthly tidy-ups will be efficient, effortless, and effective!
Why monthly? Well more often than not you’re going to hold onto things in that first declutter and you’ll see over time, they are still sitting there collecting dust; even though you thought you might use them.
Maybe you’ve also got some jewellery that is sitting pretty collecting dust? A piece that is broken? Or that was once meaningful but just isn’t anymore? Well, you know where to send that! If you don’t hit the link!
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3. Organise your finances and start tracking your money.
One of the major stresses in life is money. It’s both one of the hardest things to talk about and one of the most important things to talk about. And there’s no doubt that you’re probably talking to yourself about it (maybe on an endless loop in your brain?).
> Where is our money going?
> How much money are we spending?
> Should we be investing our money?
> How can I make more money?
> How can I save more money?
Have a conversation about money with someone on your team; your partner, a friend, or a family member that knows you and will be honest with you. You’d be surprised with how much money you can save by reassessing your financial situation – it might be as simple as changing energy providers.
Some of our tips: close the bank accounts that are collecting dust. Invest in a coffee machine (rather than your two six-dollar flat whites a day), hit the op shops, do meal prep for the week on a Sunday. Read our blog on The savvy way to make cash for more tips!
Identify where your money is going and how you might be able to reduce spending. Remember you are working out how to streamline your life to simplify your day.
4. Turn off your social media
We know how addictive social media can become; late-night strolling, the endless double taps! Sure it can be a fun tool to connect with friends and family, get some fashion inspo, find your next DIY and document your breakfasts. But have you ever wondered what can happen if you have a social media detox?
You might find yourself;
> Sleeping better
> Becoming more productive
> Feeling less stressed
> You might even see a boost in your own confidence!
Our happiness is one of the most critical aspects of our life. While social media can be good, it is essential to check in and see if social media is really having a positive impact on your life.
A simple way to start could be limiting your social media use after dinner – put your phone away for an hour before bed and see if you feel a difference after a week.
5. Be grateful.
When it comes to simplifying our lives, it’s also learning how to put the world around us into perspective.
What better way to do that than by writing down what you see in front of you and what you feel in a particular moment as a form of gratitude.
You could start by being grateful for the paper that you have to write on. That you have muscles that are strong enough to hold a pen, that you have been educated enough to be able to read and write.
Gratitude journaling is a great way to start and end your day and will become easier the more that you do it. You might even find yourself mentally noting moments of gratitude throughout your day – cultivate that habit. It’ll make you feel good.
6. Set monthly goals
Instead of waiting for the new year or your next birthday to roll around, set your goals monthly and build on them each month.
The goals you set should be achievable. Do not overdo it by writing a list of six to ten goals; you will set yourself up for failure. Instead, focus on one or two things that are important for you to achieve, and make sure they are achievable!
Some things you could consider; read a book a month, declutter one area of your home, or start your day sitting outside in silence for five minutes, without your phone – before the world wakes up!
A simple life doesn’t mean you need to become a nomad and live out of one suitcase. A simple life means you slow down, embrace the day, consider how lucky you are, and become present for yourself and your loved ones.
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