If your life is cluttered, the beginning of the year is an excellent time to free up some of the extras that are taking over. These time-consuming items that clutter your space and take up time can be unnecessary material items at home or work, additional commitments, or a digital overload. There are things you can do to reduce some of this abundance and live a more minimal life. It will feel like a weight off of your shoulders, and you will have more time and peace of mind to dedicate one hundred percent to things that need your attention.
10. Continue Each Day
The key is to start. Once you have started the process and get into the swing of getting rid of the things you do not need and realized what you do need, you can keep going on to other areas of the room or your life. If you have everything sorted, then the next thing to do is deliver the donation box and put the recyclables to the curb. Keep in mind, you can start an additional ‘maybe’ box for those items you are not completely ready to pass on to someone else, and if in another six months, reevaluate the collection.
9. Start Small
If it is your office creating the most daunting task, start with a pile of papers on your desk. Put them in order of priority and put anything already taken care of into the recycle bin. If it helps, put the top priority items in a separate tray, so they are front and center. Next, hit a shelf or drawer. If there are things there that have been left unused, put them in a separate ‘donate’ box and give them to someone else later. It is important to start slow. Give yourself ten minutes per day to accomplish each small job at a time, so you do not get overwhelmed and feel like giving up.