A de-clutter always seems like a tiresome and laborious task but it’s worth it in the end! Especially if there are simple ways to declutter not just your home life but your digital life too. Sometimes we forget how long it’s been since we’ve actually had time to evaluate everything we have and we don’t realise that there are now things that we do not need.
Organising various aspects of my life is one of my favourite things to do. And I know it’s not just me that likes to have things in place!
Sometimes it can be difficult to find time to go through everything you have and PROPERLY give decluttering a go. So, until you have that spare day, week, month – whatever you might need, here are some simple ways to declutter.
How many files, papers and books are sitting on your desk? As a law student I have books all over the house and I’ll admit, they’re not in a tidy state right now.
One of the best ways I’ve found to tidy my desk is to take everything off of the desk and make separate piles for different items. Have a “doesn’t belong here pile”; “to go back on desk pile”; “rubbish pile” – having these different categories laid out in front of you will help you to quickly decide where that certain thing belongs.
Hopefully after you’ve done this you might be able to see the surface of your desk!
TIP: when you come across various papers, perhaps a basic filing system will help keep things tidy. (The following links are affiliate links) I like to use ring binders, coloured folders and expander files.
I know, the kitchen can be quite difficult to handle. That is why you should only tackle certain parts at a time – unless of course you want to be really ambitious and just go for it!
For example, a way to divide the task could be food; containers and utensils; plates, mugs and cutlery; miscellaneous – and don’t tell me you don’t have a miscellaneous pile.
Go through your fridge, cupboards, drawers – you’ll probably find a few things that are out of date. Especially tins and crisps.
Containers and utensils – do you need them all? Do you maybe have to get a replacement?
The same applies for plates, mugs and cutlery.
Miscellaneous – this can be the most difficult kitchen declutter. For example, you might have letters, notes, lists etc. Like the desk declutter, the easiest way to tackle this is to go through everything one by one and categorise it into the same piles as you would decluttering your desk.
The wardrobe – this can be a really long task so I would suggest leaving a whole day for this one. The best way I have found to declutter my wardrobe is to take everything out. So yes, the image you’re going for is a mountain of clothes.
Once you have everything laid in front of you, you can go through it one by one and again, CATEGORISE. Have a pile for “keep”; “throw away”; “donate”. And yes – you’re going to have to try things on.
TIP: put some of your favourite music on or your favourite tv show and just have that playing in the background – it’ll help the time go quicker.
For extra tips on decluttering your house and a BONUS checklist to break down this post, keep reading until the end!
Now that your home is looking fresh and tidy, it’s time to tackle our digital life. People often forget that having a clutter-free digital life can be just as important.
Sometimes after I have read an email I forget to delete it. And then 3 months down the line I find that I’ve got an email for a discount code that ended WEEKS ago. Having too many emails can trick your brain into thinking it’s got more stuff to worry about than it actually has. So this one’s easy – go through both your inbox and junk folder and delete everything you don’t need – brace yourself, this can take some time. But it will be worth it!
Another tip for decluttering your emails is to make separate folders within your inbox. Your emails won’t automatically go into these but if you don’t have time to read them then you can put them into its corresponding folder and sort through them later.
Decluttering your phone has numerous benefits. One being you can gain back LOADS of storage! Over the month I take I don’t know how many photos and screenshot things that are no longer relevant. It’s a great idea to scroll back through your photos and delete everything you don’t need anymore. I always surprise myself with how much irrelevant things I have stored.
Another tip for freeing up some space on your phone is to go through your apps and see if there are any you don’t use anymore. If so, delete! You can always re-download it later if you need to.
Because I don’t like seeing random word documents in my files, I generally always have a home for them. So that’s my tip – have a home for every document you create!
For example, I have a folder for my university work but then I have that split into further folders for each class. This makes finding a document so much easier than having to endlessly scroll!
I do this for my blog content too. I have a “Blog” folder but then have numerous folders within it to separate different photos and ideas.
Et voila! Decluttering doesn’t always have to be that never ending task. Finding some simple ways to declutter your life can help you to keep on top of things and help your life to run that little bit smoother.
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