Do you aspire to live a clutter-free life but the amount of possessions that you have accumulated over the years make you feel overwhelmed and afraid to tackle the job of decluttering? Here is the good news: You can start by doing small tasks that will make a significant impact! Below is a list of seven simple things you can do today to give yourself a head-start on simplifying your life.
1. Clean your kitchen sink
Plates, cups, glasses, utensils, and other kitchen tools can quickly pile up if we don’t wash them right away. Why not give the area a little “reset”?
Begin by clearing off the drainboard and putting away all the clean dishes. Next, wash every dirty item that is sitting in and around the sink. Throw out the old sponges, soap containers and other unneeded things. Then, thoroughly clean the sink compartment and surrounding surfaces.
2. De-clutter your desk
Working in an untidy environment can prevent us from being able to think clearly and stay focused. Keeping our desk free of distractions is key for being able to work efficiently and effectively.
To create a distraction-free environment that supports maximum productivity, take everything off your desk and empty the drawers. Next, go through all the items and assess whether they are something that you really need. File away crucial documents; shred unimportant mail and paperwork; eliminate old notes and unnecessary objects. Put what remains neatly in the drawers.
3. De-clutter your wallet
When you open your wallet, do you have to browse through old notes, business cards of people you never plan to do business with, or old receipts and bank cards, just to get to what you are looking for?
Go through every pocket of your wallet and take everything out spreading it on a table or floor. Get rid of what you don’t need anymore. Once you are left with only essential items, put them neatly back in the wallet.
4. Clean up your desktop
Is your desktop cluttered by unnecessary icons such as outdated files that no longer serve a purpose, shortcuts to programs that you rarely use, or picture files that are scattered over the place?
Drag to the trash bin all of the files and shortcuts that you don’t need, and organize the remaining icons by putting them into proper folders. Keep on your desktop only those files that you use frequently and/or need quick access to such as the internet browser, email client, a few important folders and software that you use on a daily basis.
5. Clean up your Facebook friends list
Do you really care to keep in touch with every single person on your Facebook friends list? Most likely not. Why not do a little clean-up? By doing so, you will clear up your news-feed making you less likely to get caught up in reading status updates that hold no meaning to you, or spending hours browsing through photos that add absolutely no value to your life.
6. Clean up your phone’s contacts
There is a good chance that your phone’s contact list contains people that you never reach out to and will most likely never reach out to in the future. Those contacts only unnecessary take up space and make it more difficult to find and access the important ones.
7. Clean up your phone’s home screen
Similarly to your computer desktop, take a look at your phone’s home screen. Do you really need two, three, or four pages of icons and widgets? Do you really use all of the apps that you downloaded? Do all of those widgets really add value to your life or are they just sitting there?
Uninstall the apps that you no longer utilize and organize into folders the ones that you only use sporadically. Make your home screen a place that only contains the essentials so that you can quickly access them when needed.