Clutter takes on many forms and disguises that you may not even recognise it. Here are several places that clutter likes to hide.
♥ YOUR THOUGHTS
Do you think too much?
Do you have a lot on your mind?
Have you ever done a brain dump, where you write all your thoughts down on paper?
It could be a journal or anything that gets your thoughts on paper.
♥ YOUR SCHEDULE
Are you overcommitted?
Do you keep saying yes to requests even when you already have many things to do on your “to-do” list?
Every time you say “yes” to someone or something, you are saying “no” to something else.
Since you cannot possibly do it all, focus on what’s most important.
♥ YOUR INBOX & DIGITAL FILES
Do you have hundreds or thousands of emails in there?
Constantly looking through your inbox can soak up your time and drain your energy.
Take a look at your newsletters – what are your top 3-5. Seriously, unsubscribe if you really don’t get around to reading them, let alone putting the ideas into practice.
Files and photos on your computer no longer needed? Weed out what no longer serves you or isn’t a positive memory.
Old messages on your phone that no longer serve a purpose.
Are there people in your life that drain you?
What is it costing you?
How can you take care of yourself around them?
♥ UNFINISHED PROJECTS
Holding onto half finished projects or unmet goals can take an emotional toll over time, creating fatigue for the brain. If we make a decision to cut the loss and let go or decide to complete the project, our brain settles automatically.
♥ YOUR I’LL DO IT LATER LIST
What have you been putting off that is important to you?
Some things are worth taking action on immediately, and some things are worth scheduling so they are not done at the last minute when you’re under pressure, or not done at all.
♥ REMINDERS OF THE PAST
Do you have books on subjects that are out-of-date or that you are no longer interested in?
Do you have your grandmother’s heirlooms decorating your home, things you don’t even like?
Do you have photos around of an ex whom you’d rather forget?
Clear this clutter from your environment and notice how your energy changes.
♥ YOUR STORAGE
What are you storing in your garage or attic or in off-sight storage?
Are these things you love and use?
Do they enhance your life on a regular basis?
If they disappeared would you miss them?
Do you even remember what is in there?
High cupboards in the kitchen, filing cabinets, desk drawers, excess towels and clothing, wedding gifts never used.
If hidden clutter is affecting you, I encourage you to be ruthless when it comes to decluttering. No need to justify. It’s your environment…your schedule…your energy….No more excuses.
DECLUTTER THIS CHECKLIST
- Update the pics in your photo frames
- Put loose photos in a frame or scan them and throw away
- Hang up the picture frames that are hanging around or let them go
- Return books that aren’t yours (to friends or library)
- Donate old magazines to your dentist or doctor’s office
- Donate old books to charity
- Sell old books on Amazon
- Finish subscriptions you no longer use
- Give old makeup to a little girl who will love playing with it
- Hand wash or dry clean those delicate items that sit in your laundry basket for ages
- Sell old clothes, shoes, jewelry on eBay
♥ RANDOM STUFF
- Medicine – Dispose of old medicine
- Pens – Throw out crappy pens
- Gifts – Items you’re keeping out of guilt
- Craft Projects – Declutter the half-finished craft projects that will never get done
- Old Wallet – Get a new wallet
- Old Passwords – Change passwords to represent your new goals
- Cord Clutter -Tidy up and minimise cord clutter – decide on a cable box or zip ties to get rid of all that ugly cord clutter.
- Donate old blankets and towels to the nearest animal shelter
- Empty the recycle bin on your computer
- Back up and clean off your computer now to make room for the new one
- Delete old crap off your computer
- Scan important documents and shred physical copies
- Set up filters in your inbox so you can get to inbox zero
- Catch up with letters or phone calls
- Delete old texts
- Delete unnecessary phone contacts
- Place a No Advertising Material sticker on your letter-box. The stickers are available free of charge from the Distribution Standards Board. Call 1800 676 136 for more information.
- Report irresponsible distribution of junk mail. Report any junk mail which is littered, delivered in duplicate or delivered to a letterbox with a No Advertising Material sticker on it. Report offenders to the Distribution Standards Board on 1800 676 136. For more information about the board visit: http://catalogue.asn.au/dsb/
- Register your details on the Consumer Do Not Contact Opt-Out Service. Including yourself on this list will ensure that you are not contacted by 500 members of the Australian Direct Marketing Association. These members include banks, insurance companies, publishers, catalogue and mail-order companies and charities who contact consumers via: mail, telephone, direct response television, the internet and mobile phones.
- Make a digital choice. Register with online catalogue portals such as Catalogue Central or Lasoo Online Catalogues to receive only the advertising material you want. Alternatively, you can visit retailers own websites to receive store and brand catalogues online.
- To request removal, provide your full details to:
Ph: 1800 646 664
ADMA -Do Not Contact Service
Reply Paid 464
KINGS CROSS NSW 1340
For more information about the Australian Direct Marketing Association, visit http://www.adma.com.au
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About the Author. Karen Perkins is a Life Coach and Personal Hands-on Organiser. She enjoys helping busy people achieve results through effective lifestyle choices that improve their personal and professional lives.