We’ve talked about ‘less is more‘. Let’s look at how you can make ‘less is more’ a reality in your life. Remember, less stuff = less stress, so if you want less stress in your life, let’s get to work to get rid of some of that clutter that is cluttering up your life.
Here’s some first steps to have you get started :
- Have a place for everything. If you don’t have a place for everything, it has to go somewhere, and it will end up where you don’t want it to be, on a table top, bench, or even the floor. So make sure everything has a home.
- Every time you take something out of it’s place to use it, put it back as soon as you are finished with it.
- As you start to go through the decluttering process, ask yourself if you want to keep the item, i.e. do you use it, like it, need it? Your answer will determine whether you keep it or get rid of it.
- When you are preparing the evening meal, clean up as you go. Have some hot soapy water ready to wash utensils as you use them, and put things away when you have finished with them. Try to keep the benches clear of as many items as you can to create a feeling of space.
- Have specific places for items that you use regularly, so it’s easy to get them out, and easy to put them away. And you’ll know where they are!
- When computers came out there was a lot of talk about a paperless society because everything could be stored in the computer. Didn’t they know we’d have printers that plug into those computers? I don’t know about your house, but mine is not paperless! And papers are one of the hardest things to keep control of. The best way is to deal with papers as soon as they come in.
- Try to keep the ‘flat tops‘ clear, i.e. table tops, benches, desks, dressers, coffee tables, side tables, beds, etc. And the floor!
These are just a few ideas to get you started moving toward less.