2 Simple Tips to Help You Simplify, Declutter, and De-Stress

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Simplify, declutter, de-stress…

Have you noticed the light changing? Here in New Hampshire the darkness falls later and later, and I don’t know about you, but my thoughts are turning toward spring.

Possibilities are expanding as the light returns. Simple pleasures beckon as the world opens to newness. Soon enough, buds will be bursting, windows will be thrown open, and we’ll be spending time in the springtime sun, getting our gardens planted.

Decluttering helps you de-stress…

And yet, there’s the detritus of winter to deal with. It’s no simple task, clearing out the old to make way for the new. Decisions have to be made. Things that were useful may need to be let go of, or at least put away for a season or two.

Part of making a new beginning involves clearing away the old.  It’s a task that is often set aside when life is busy. But there’s a price you pay. Clutter adds to your stress, and it builds up and gets more difficult to deal with as time goes on.

Leaving clutter ADDS to your stress…

Going from winter to spring is a transition. And when you go through a transition without addressing the old, as well as the new, you add to the clutter in your life.

This can be either mental clutter or the kind of clutter that you can trip over as you cross your bedroom.  Either way, clutter is going to impede your efforts to move forward.  You may think that leaving it saves you time, but in the long run, it doesn’t. And as the clutter builds, it drains your energy, too. That’s because it weighs on your mind, as well as slowing you down.

Here are 2 ideas…

The best way to approach many tasks, including decluttering, is to break your job into chunks. The smaller the chunks the better.

When you do this, you build success into every step. This is a fantastic motivator. As your accomplishments grow, you’ll find yourself looking forward to your de-cluttering activities.

If letting go is hard for you, it is helpful to make it a multi-step process. For example, you might have a recycling box for paper you’re getting rid of. Put it in the box and wait for a few days before recycling. Building in some flex time in case you change your mind makes it easier to put those old papers in the box to begin with.

And you can do the same with other household items. Create a ‘donation box’ and put it in an accessible spot in your house. Then, any time you see something you don’t use or care much about, put it in the box. If you change your mind, you can always retrieve it. But my guess is that you often won’t. This makes downsizing a much easier step – and soon it will be a habit.

Another very helpful step you can take to declutter is to stop letting your mail pile up. Open your mail right beside your paper recycling box. Throw everything into that box, except the things that you need to take action on. This will make a big difference for you, I promise.

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