Before you can get down to the nitty-gritty of spring cleaning, you need first to clear the clutter. Clearing out the mounds, piles, and stacks of “important things” you just haven’t gotten to yet can help clear the mind, as well as the home. Not convinced that decluttering is useful or worth it? Consider these facts: the average person spends 12 days per year looking for things they can’t find, and the average office worker spends 1.5 hours per day looking for items they’ve misplaced.
Take care of the tangible clutter
Have a place for everything; some ideas we’ve found helpful is to keep cords and chargers in a sewing or tackle box. Check the fridge for expired food or condiments before taking out the weekly trash. Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive by unsubscribing from junk mail at ecocycle.org. Be reasonable and realistic when you declutter: are you going to upcycle those frames, bottles, and jars into some functional Pinterest-worthy piece of art? If not, toss, donate, or recycle it.
Start each day with a clean slate
Now imagine curtailing all the unnecessary disarray in your everyday life. In today’s always-reachable, over-committed, and over-scheduled lifestyle, it’s hard to get some alone time to decompress. To regain focus and a brighter, calmer mind, start with making your bed. It’s a simple task that metaphorically starts the day with a clean slate - even if it’s just throwing the covers up over the pillows.
Cut down on commitments
The world won’t fall apart if you don’t head a committee, attend every gathering, or always be the one to watch your husband’s sister’s kids. Decide what’s essential to you and worth your time. Maybe being there for others is what you live for, but then cut back on other unnecessary activities and responsibilities, or enlist the help of a spouse, family, or friend. Asking for help is just as crucial as providing support.
Manage your technology use
We live on an information superhighway. Do yourself a favor and limit your feeds, newsletters, and daily email updates. Turn off the television and finally finish that book that's been collecting dust on the shelf. Remove social media apps from your phone to stop the notifications, reminders, and easy access.
A clean home is healthier and can also affect your mental well-being. Decluttering can help you live with less stress, which means you’ll be calmer and kinder to be around. By taking time in the evening to declutter, you will start the next day a little more relaxed which will substantially increase your performance and productivity.