There are numerous articles all over the internet advising on how to declutter. Anyone who has embarked on a decluttering process can easily say that the system they’ve used is the best. But remember: A clutter control system that has worked for one person might not work for another. There is no one universal way guaranteed to be adequate to all.
A decluttering system is not like a free-size shirt that can fit anybody. It has to be tailored based on a person’s lifestyle and way of doing things. Crafting clutter solutions and strategies in order to organize an individual’s life, such as time, space, and finances are target-specific.
Organize Life by Managing Time
Part of knowing how to declutter is understanding how to manage time well. Time management is a common problem for lots of people. Lack of an efficient system to manage time often results in people forgetting appointments, showing up late for work, missing deadlines, or relentlessly living a fast-paced, chaotic lifestyle. Establish a decluttering system and manage time well by trying out these tips.
First, list down daily tasks both at home and at work. Choose the tasks that can be delegated to others and do so accordingly. From the tasks that must be done, create a schedule and exercise diligence in sticking to it. If the time allotted for a specific job is already up, stop and shift to the next one. Get motivated to finish the next task earlier than scheduled. Then go back to the previous task. The key: Stick to the schedule.
Second, learn to set priorities. Part of time management is knowing how to differentiate between the tasks that need to be done and the tasks that can wait.
Finally, invest in decluttering tools. A simple notepad and pen can be helpful. Also, if money is not an issue, organizing tools such as an electronic organizer or any efficient PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) can help in any decluttering project.
How to Declutter a Space
Whether it is getting rid of clutter at home or the office, decluttering a space needs a good amount of planning. Formulate a decluttering strategy by incorporating these general tips on how to get rid of clutter.
First, keep in mind that every space has a designation. Try to stick to it. The top of a refrigerator is just that—the top. It should not be used to hold papers, books, and other odds and ends. Get rid of clutter by being firm on what to keep and dispose of.
Second, utilize shelves, storage bins, filing cabinets, and other similar tools for organization. Any area at home or office that seems to accumulate clutter, designate storage for it.
Organizing Life by Keeping Track of Finances
Managing finances is an integral part of organizing life. A well-managed financial aspect of an individual’s life can easily lead to financial stability. Here are some tips on how to declutter financially.
First, when making purchases differentiate between necessity and luxury. Try to stick to just buying essentials. Also, when budgeting, refrain from including unexpected income and future profits. Unless it’s part of the bank account, it will not count for anything.
Second, allocate storage for receipts and label them accordingly. Take advantage of software or other tools online that are specifically designed to organize and keep track of finances.
There is no one decluttering system that will work for everybody. But with these general tips and tricks to keep in mind, you can be on your way to finding a system that works for you while achieving your decluttering goals.
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