De-clutter Your Life
Having a neat tidy house is very important. Yet, we are in a culture that loves to collect things. If we look at each drawer and shelf in our houses, we will be amazed because, more often than not, we are just keeping things for the sake of it.
The anatomy of any drawer or shelf will usually go like this:
– We have things that we haven’t used for years, yet we think maybe we will need them after we throw them so we keep them.
– Or things that are not working but we tend to convince ourselves that they can be fixed and hence be useful so we keep those too.
– Outdated or outgrown clothes that we believe we can use if we lose weight or that we think might become fashionable one more time. We mostly never tend to look at the old clothes that are back in fashion, but rather go buy new ones so again things are kept with no potential use.
– Pens that are no longer working simply because we don’t take the effort to check them. These are only taking space while they should be in the trash.
The thumb rule is to keep things that you only use or things that you believe are precious. Other than that, it is either trash or something that can be of better use if given to someone else. Just keep in mind that you need two boxes wherever you are; one box for trash and another for giveaways or donations.
Some tips on how you can de-clutter your house:
1- Take the decision: Usually if everything is in place, you can take this decision once every couple of years. But if you can’t keep things in place then you might need to do regular de-cluttering activities.
2- Prepare two boxes one for garbage and one for donations: This way when you approach any place to de-clutter you will have the things you will keep which will go back to the drawer or shelf, the things you will throw away and the things that are in good shape but not needed.
3- Start filtering out everything one by one: Get rid of the habit of collecting stuff. If there are cosmetics, ensure you throw away the expired ones. If there are pens try them; you will find many of them are not suitable for use already. If there are accessories, I can assure you that you’re probably only using half of them.
4- Clean the shelves and drawers: These drawers and shelves, more often than not, collect dust due to the presence of many small scattered items in them. So in order to ensure the de-cluttering process is done properly, you need to totally empty them, clean them in a suitable way then re-arrange the items you decided to keep.
5- Use things that help you with the arrangement: These can include drawer separators, plastic baskets, plastic boxes, jars, empty cups or even colored buckets. The purpose is to arrange the items in a way that makes it easier to quickly find anything even if you are in a hurry. The way you separate items not only makes things neater but also manageable. Lastly, whenever you want to clean this drawer or shelf any time soon, you will only need to move out a couple of plastic containers, clean and take them back rather than having items scattered all over.
6- Maintain that for as long as you can: Never let things pile up again. This is easier than you think. Leave one piece of paper on the dining table and you will find it turning into an office by the end of that week.
7- Clean regularly
Keeping your house de-cluttered has so many benefits:
1- It helps you feel more relaxed (This is a true psychological benefit).
2- It makes organizing everything much easier.
3- It helps with cleaning because when things are organized; they have less tendency to collect dust.
4- It saves time as you know where everything is located.
5- It helps the poor since you can make them happier with things that are a necessity for them.
6- It can even help save the environment if we are in a more recycling savvy culture.
Diana is a wife and a mother of twin babies who is inspired by music, nature and daily life interactions. She uses her passion for writing to capture special moments, replace pain with laughter, and inspire others. She is a feature writer for several publications in Egypt and the Gulf; through her Twin Mummy’s Diary she shares her thoughts, experiences and helpful tips as she goes us through the roller coaster ride called motherhood, with its challenges and joys.