Tips for January 2020

Keeping with the theme of decluttering, here are some tips you can try that can lead to a more open and spacious life and environment:

  1. Environmentally, our landscape is cluttered with throw-away items that aren’t necessary for a happy life.  So, think beyond single-use plastic and avoid single-use wooden cutlery, paper straws or aluminum cans because they also have an impact on the environment. What to use instead?  The real things – things that are reusable.
  2. If you’re buying new clothes (or anything for the home, office, car), get rid of something you already have.  For instance, if you buy a new dress, give an older one away.
  3. Plan your meals.  What?  How is that decluttering?  Well, by planning your meals before going shopping, you’re less likely to stock up on things you already have in the house but they’re buried in the back of the fridge or cupboard.
  4. Shop with a list.  Avoid impulse buying and stocking up.  In Europe and Asia, people shop for what they need on a daily basis so everything is fresh and used immediately.  Not possible for you? That’s okay – just be sure to buy what you need instead of impulse buying or getting more than you need because it’s on sale.
  5. Get enough sleep.  Okay, how does that impact clutter?  Well, your bedroom should have only two functions: sleep and sex.  Take the rest of the stuff out of the room; magazines, computer, knitting and your evening snacks.  Those activities should be done outside of the bedroom.  Allow space for a good night’s sleep.
  6. Mental to-do lists, packed calendars, and tempting distractions make your schedule feel as chaotic as your closet. Don’t be afraid to cut out or set restrictions on activities that no longer add value to your life.
  7. Saying No to something is as good as saying Yes to yourself.  We can clutter our lives by committing to things (and others) and end up overcommitting and being not fully present to enjoy the moment because we’re mentally on to the other items.  Leave breathing room in your schedule.