People live their lives by their standards, but what you may not realize is that the disorganization in your life can be adding stress. Taking the time to make a few simple changes can make a big difference in your life and help reduce stress in order to make your life easier.
Clutter is simply not productive, especially at work. If your office or work-space is too cluttered it can actually impact your ability to focus and process information, which will have a negative influence on your productivity and even your mood. It’s like a perpetual case of the Mondays.
So, what can you do to help cut your clutter? The best way is to actually schedule time in your day to declutter. If you do it once a day it will go from feeling overwhelming to manageable. This way, maybe everyday can feel like a Friday (or maybe not, but it’s a nice thought)! Also, keep in mind the 80/20 rule: you only use 20 percent of your things 80 percent of the time. So, keep the stuff you use most often available and around and find a home for the rest. And throw out stuff you never use.
So, you still have those pants from 1997, huh? Well, you haven’t been following the cardinal rule of closet decluttering, which is for every piece of clothing you add you should throw out one piece. I mean, that “Hootie and the Blowfish” shirt has some memories, but it’s time to say goodbye.
If you’re just getting started, instead of doing a massive culling of old clothing try to follow a one in two or three out rule. This way you can do a little at a time and it won’t feel so overwhelming.
The Cleaning Closet
You probably weren’t thinking of this, were you? It’s a truth universally acknowledged that no one ever cleans out the cleaning closet, or at least people that don’t declutter regularly. Chances are you have really old cleaning supplies in there that need to be thrown away. Go through it; toss what you don’t need or whatever expired in 2004.
Oh yes, you know this had to come up. If you’re like most of the world you have a few experiments from Harry Potter’s advanced potions class lurking around in the back somewhere. Clean out that fridge at least once a week!
And speaking of eating, how are you planning those out? Most people don’t have the desire or energy to prepare a 3 course (heck, one course) meal when they get home from work. The best thing to do here is to plan it out and just make one trip to the store a week to get all that you need. It saves you time and money and gives you a structured plan to follow which will probably end up being more nutritious than the fast food you were going to pick up on the way home. Freezing is always a great option too if you want to prepare meals in advance. That way you can just come home, defrost it and voila!
Finances can be a huge source of stress. You should do a few things to help you manage your finances and reduce that source of stress in your life. Mainly, know your credit looks like. Get a credit report and go through it. Also, come up with a budget. If you have savings goals or have a trip you’d like to take, find out how much you need and figure out how much you can save by sticking to a weekly budget.
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