Too much clutter is a common problem for many adults. We can have clutter in our home, our schedule, and finances. Without consistent decluttering, this can cause disorganization, stress, and lack of focus. If you want to feel successful, it’s important to take control of your environment, and decluttering is one of the easiest ways to do just that. Luckily, decluttering is easy if you know how to do it! That’s why we’d like to show you a few easy tips to help you declutter your life.
- Get Rid of the Extra – The first step in decluttering is to get rid of anything unnecessary. Haven’t worn that top in a year? Donate it. Haven’t used that monthly subscription in months? Cancel it. Don’t use that store credit card anymore? Pay it off and cut it up. Clear out the extra stuff in your life, home, office, schedule, and finances and you’ll get a better picture of the things you actually need and how they can benefit you.
- Purchase with Intention – Anything new you introduce to your environment should have a purpose. There really are two parts to this.
- Avoid Impulsive Spending: Only buy things with purpose. It’s easy to pull out your credit card and buy something that seems useful. Instead, give the purchase thought and be sure it’s something you need. Check out this article to learn more about controlling impulse spending.
- Try to Make Due Without It: Before you buy anything, even if you think you need it, see if you already own something that will work. For instance, if your TV stops working consider moving a TV from a bedroom before buying a brand new one.
- Schedule with Intention – Our schedules get jammed packed with a lot of unnecessary items, both personally and professionally. Before you accept invites, decide if this is something worth your time. For instance, some meetings can be avoided if you just pick up the phone and work it out. Or, maybe you don’t need to attend your neighbor’s BBQ just because you were invited. Remember, your time is valuable so you should be in control of the way your time is spent.
- Get Your Finances in Order – You should know how much you’re making, how much you’re spending, and how much you owe. You should also have clear financial goals. Money troubles is a huge stress point for many adults, but the only way to manage that stress is to properly manage your money. We have lots of articles available about Managing Your Finances and how to Jump Start Your Savings to help you get started.