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How to de-clutter your life in an effective manner


Do you think the clutter around you does not affect you? Various studies have shown that even if you don’t consciously notice the clutter in your room, in your house, in your locality, or even in your interpersonal relationships, it doesn’t mean that your mind isn’t processing that clutter. The audiovisual data is constantly getting into your brain and your brain is constantly processing it. You sometimes feel exhausted even when you haven’t achieved much? It can be because of the clutter around you.

What exactly is clutter

All that stuff that is lying around in your room is clutter. It isn’t necessary that all the things lying around are not required, it’s just that they’re not put at the right place. Again, everything that is lying around isn’t required. So you need to figure out what are the things that you need and what other things that you don’t need. The clutter inside your house has got nothing to do with how much you have and how much you don’t have. The same goes with your life. If you are not managing it properly, you are creating emotional clutter for yourself.

How to get rid of the clutter around you?

  • Create different columns categorising all the items: All these years you must have been accumulating stuff. Maybe at the time when you acquired it you thought it would be useful, right now it is not. Or maybe there are things that you have always been planning on using but haven’t ever gotten onto using them. So you can draw three or four columns in a paper and then start putting things under the appropriate heading – Used regularly, Used occasionally, Can be packed forever, Can be discarded
  • Separate the items you use regularly: These are the items that you can arrange last because you need to access them on a daily basis. Put them in a separate corner or if possible, in an altogether different room.
  • Start arranging the Used occasionally items: Start putting the items that you occasionally use in their cupboards and boxes. You can leave space at the front for the regularly used items.
  • Pack the items that you’re not going to use even occasionally: There are some items, like old books that you don’t want to discard but you don’t even need them. You can pack these books using newspapers, polythene bags and Sellotape and put them somewhere like an attic or the upper shelves.
  • Give away or throw away items that can be discarded: Finally you’re left with items that you neither need nor want to keep. You can either throw them away or if they can be useful to someone else, then give them away.
  • Arrange Regularly used items: Now you can arrange your regularly used items in front of the occasionally used ones. If there is no extra space in your cupboards, you can even arrange these items somewhere in the open by folding them or packing them properly.

If de-cluttering seems overwhelming in the beginning you don’t need to worry much. Chart out a long-term plan. Maybe a couple of weeks. Or maybe even a month. Devote 10 minutes everyday to your de-cluttering exercise and then stick to those 10 minutes. Don’t get carried away.

Another way of gradually de-clattering your home is to make a resolve that you are not going to purchase anything unless it is totally unavoidable.