Quick Relaxation Tip: Is Minimalism for You?
A quick relaxation tip for today is to start decluttering all that stuff you have lying around. Perhaps minimalism is for you.
Here's an interesting idea. All that
stuff you have laying around the house, the yard, the garage, the
office, and not to mention the storage building you had to rent because
you couldn't fit it anywhere else is adding to your stress load. It may
sound odd, but your material possessions may be stressing you out.
a good reason why more and more people embrace various forms of
minimalism. There's a lot of peace and tranquility to be found when what
you own is comprehensible and easy to keep track of. When you have a
lot of stuff, you have to keep mental tabs on it all. The more
possessions we pile up, the more heavily the responsibility of taking
care of and accounting for everything weighs on us. Most of this happens
on an unconscious level.
simple act of cleaning out your closet or a junk drawer and throwing
out anything you no longer want or need is incredibly freeing. A weight
is lifted off your shoulder and as an added bonus you end up with more
Speaking of space; it's the root of the problem - at least in part. Our homes are bigger than ever. Take a look at your childhood home by comparison or go even further back in history and look at the average house and room size. It was tiny in comparison to houses being built today. And let's not even get into the huge amounts of storage space our homes have these days.
We tend to fill our dwellings with things as long as they fit. When room is at a short supply, we look for container and organizer solutions that allow us to cram more stuff into the same amount of space. There's a reason we have "container stores" now and professional organizers. The amount of worldly possessions we own has grown out of control and it's taking a toll on our physical and mental health.
How can you reduce the stress your things cause you? You do it one drawer, one closet, one box, and one room at a time. Start with something, anything and go through and declutter. Keep the stuff that's truly important to you and either toss or donate the rest. Rinse and repeat.
Be patient with yourself. This process will take time. Don't be tempted to purge it all in one major session unless you're the type of person for whom this is the only way it will get done. Instead work on one category or one room at a time. When you're done, go through it all again. This time it will go much faster, but you'll be surprised about how many other things you'll find that you can easily live without.
Give it a try. It's a freeing feeling and even the act of declutter itself is a great stress buster.
Quick Relaxation Tip:
18 5-MINUTE DE-CLUTTERING STRATEGIES
1) Relaxation tip: Designate a spot for incoming papers. Papers often
account for a lot of our clutter. This is because we put them in
different spots — on the counter, on the table, on our desk, in a
drawer, on top of our dresser, in our car. No wonder we can’t find
anything! Designate an in-box tray or spot in your home (or at your
office, for that matter) and don’t put down papers anywhere but that
spot. Got mail? Put it in the inbox. Got school papers? Put it in the
inbox. Receipts, warranties, manuals, notices, flyers? In the inbox!
This one little change can really transform your paperwork.
2) Relaxation tip: Start clearing a starting zone. What you want to do
is clear one area. This is your no-clutter zone. It can be a counter,
or your kitchen table, or the three-foot perimeter around your couch.
Wherever you start, make a rule: nothing can be placed there that’s not
actually in use. Everything must be put away. Once you have that
clutter-free zone, keep it that way! Now, each day, slowly expand your
no-clutter zone until it envelopes the whole house! Unfortunately, the
neighbors don’t seem to like it when you try to expand the no-clutter
zone to their house, and start hauling away their unused exercise
equipment and torn underwear when they’re not at home. Some people don’t
appreciate simplicity, I guess.
3) Relaxation tip: Clear off a counter. You want to get your house so
that all flat spaces are clear of clutter. Maybe they have a toaster on
them, maybe a decorative candle, but not a lot of clutter. So start with
one counter. Clear off everything possible, except maybe one or two
essential things. Have a blender you haven’t used since jazzercise was
all the rage? Put it in the cupboard! Clear off all papers and all the
other junk you’ve been tossing on the counter too.
4) Relaxation tip: Pick a shelf. Now that you’ve done a counter, try a
shelf. It doesn’t matter what shelf. Could be a shelf in a closet, or
on a bookshelf. Don’t tackle the whole bookshelf — just one shelf. Clear
all non-essential things and leave it looking neat and clutter-free.
5) Relaxation tip: Schedule a decluttering weekend. Maybe you don’t
feel like doing a huge decluttering session right now. But if you take
the time to schedule it for later this month, you can clear your
schedule, and if you have a family, get them involved too. The more
hands pitching in, the better. Get boxes and trash bags ready, and plan a
trip to a charity to drop off donated items. You might not get the
entire house decluttered during the weekend, but you’ll probably make
6) Relaxation tip: Pick up 5 things, and find places for them. These
should be things that you actually use, but that you just seem to put
anywhere, because they don’t have good places. If you don’t know exactly
where things belong, you have to designate a good spot. Take a minute
to think it through — where would be a good spot? Then always put those
things in those spots when you’re done using them. Do this for
everything in your home, a few things at a time.
7) Relaxation tip: Spend a few minutes visualizing the room. When I’m
decluttering, I like to take a moment to take a look at a room, and
think about how I want it to look. What are the most essential pieces of
furniture? What doesn’t belong in the room but has just gravitated
there? What is on the floor (hint: only furniture and rugs belong there)
and what is on the other flat surfaces? Once I’ve visualized how the
room will look uncluttered, and figured out what is essential, I get rid
of the rest.
8) Relaxation tip: Create a “maybe” box. Sometimes when you’re going
through a pile of stuff, you know exactly what to keep (the stuff you
love and use) and what to trash or donate. But then there’s the stuff
you don’t use, but think you might want it or need it someday. You can’t
bear to get rid of that stuff! So create a “maybe” box, and put this
stuff there. Then store the box somewhere hidden, out of the way. Put a
note on your calendar six months from now to look in the box. Then pull
it out, six months later, and see if it’s anything you really needed.
Usually, you can just dump the whole box, because you never needed that
9) Relaxation tip: Put a load in your car for charity. If you’ve
decluttered a bunch of stuff, you might have a “to donate” pile that’s
just taking up space in a corner of your room. Take a few minutes to box
it up and put it in your trunk. Then tomorrow, drop it off.
10) Relaxation tip: Create a 30-day list. The problem with decluttering
is that we can declutter our butts off (don’t actually try that — it’s
painful) but it just comes back because we buy more stuff. So fight that
tendency by nipping it in the bud: don’t buy the stuff in the first
place. Take a minute to create a 30-day list, and every time you want to
buy something that’s not absolutely necessary (and no, that new Macbook
Air isn’t absolutely necessary), put it on the list with the date it
was added to the list. Make a rule never to buy anything (except
necessities) unless they’ve been on the list for 30 days. Often you’ll
lose the urge to buy the stuff and you’ll save yourself a lot of money
11) Relaxation tip: Teach your kids where things belong. This only
applies to the parents among us, of course, but if you teach your kids
where things go, and start teaching them the habit of putting them
there, you’ll go a long way to keeping your house uncluttered. Of
course, they won’t learn the habit overnight, so you’ll have to be very
very patient with them and just keep teaching them until they’ve got it.
And better yet, set the example for them and get into the habit
12) Relaxation tip: Set up some simple folders. Sometimes our papers
pile up high because we don’t have good places to put them. Create some
simple folders with labels for your major bills and similar paperwork.
Put them in one spot. Your system doesn’t have to be complete, but keep
some extra folders and labels in case you need to quickly create a new
13) Relaxation tip: Learn to file quickly. Once you’ve created your
simple filing system, you just need to learn to use it regularly. Take a
handful of papers from your pile, or your inbox, and go through them
one at a time, starting from the top paper and working down. Make quick
decisions: trash them, file them immediately, or make a note of the
action required and put them in an “action” file. Don’t put anything
back on the pile, and don’t put them anywhere but in a folder (and no
cheating “to be filed” folders!) or in the trash/recycling bin.
14) Relaxation tip: Pull out some clothes you don’t wear. As you’re
getting ready for work, and going through your closet for something to
wear, spend a few minutes pulling out ones you haven’t worn in a few
months. If they’re seasonal clothes, store them in a box. Get rid of the
rest. Do this a little at a time until your closet (and then your
drawers) only contains stuff you actually wear.
15) Relaxation tip: Clear out your medicine cabinet. If you don’t have
one spot for medicines, create one now. Go through everything for the
outdated medicines, the stuff you’ll never use again, the dirty-looking
bandages, the creams that you’ve found you’re allergic to, the ointments
that never had an effect on your energy or your eye wrinkles. Simplify
to the essential.
16) Relaxation tip: Pull everything out of a drawer. Just take the
drawer out and empty it on a table. Then sort the drawer into three
piles: 1) stuff that really should go in the drawer; 2) stuff that
belongs elsewhere; 3) stuff to get rid of. Clean the drawer out nice,
then put the stuff in the first pile back neatly and orderly. Deal with
the other piles immediately!
17) Relaxation tip: Learn to love the uncluttered look. Once you’ve
gotten an area decluttered, you should take the time to enjoy that look.
It’s a lovely look. Make that your standard! Learn to hate clutter!
Then catch clutter and kill it wherever it crops up.
18) Relaxation tip: Have a conversation with your significant other or roommate.
Sometimes the problem isn’t just with us, it’s with the person or people
we live with. An uncluttered home is the result of a shared philosophy
of simplicity of all the people living in the house. If you take a few
minutes to explain that you really want to have an uncluttered house,
and that you could use their help, you can go a long way to getting to
that point. Try to be persuasive and encouraging rather than nagging and
negative. ~ parts adapted via ZenHabits.net
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