Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? This week on ZENandTECH, Georgia and Rene talk about the joys of de-cluttering your life, and how getting rid of the physical clutter can help you get rid of the mental clutter as well.
Read on for the show notes!
Bad cluttering habits
- Feeling guilty about throwing things away
- Emotional ties make you keep more than you need to
- The time and effort it takes to manage all your stuff is daunting
- You always plan on getting to it later
Dealing with bad habits
- The freedom, peace, and calm you get will overcome any guilt
- Take a digital photo, that keeps the emotion but not the stuff
- The time you spend stressing over things is typically more than dealing with them
- Get to it now. Do it simply and efficiently.
Tips on how to de-clutter
- Work backwards: Take everything out of a closet, or box, or drawer, etc. and start with a clean slate.
- Set up four boxes (or piles): Keep, throw away, give away, and not sure
- If you're not sure, tend towards getting rid of things
- Set a time limit: 15 min. or 1 hour, keep it short so you don't burn out
- Do something you enjoy while sorting: Watch TV, listen to music, chat
- Don't store other people's stuff. Give it back to them or get rid of it.
Questions to ask
- When did I last use it?
- When did I last need it?
- How good will I feel never having to deal with it again?
- Get rid of 50 things. Do 10 a day for 5 days if you have to, or do them all at once. Just get rid of 50 things that are cluttering your life and write down how you feel once you're done.
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