How to De-Clutter Your Day-to-Day Life
It's nearly spring (I promise, it really is) and you know what that means – time for spring cleaning! And while there are endless tips on storage bins and closet clean-outs and everything else, something that I think is equally important is to take time once in a while to de-clutter your daily routine.
There are things – like our phones, living spaces, cars, etc. – that we rely on and interact with every single day. And while it can be difficult to find the time in your busy schedule to keep these things organized and sorted out, it can actually be more stressful on your day-to-day life to have all these things in disarray.
So this spring, I urge you to take some time and try out the tips below. You will probably be surprised how much easier it makes your daily life.
While this may seem trite to some, I find life much less stressful when my social media feeds only reflect people and topics I actually am interested in following. See, like it or not, most of us (especially bloggers) spend a lot of time scrolling through various networks. If you find that seeing pictures of your middle school best friend's baby bump or irrelevant tweets from a spammy account you followed for a giveaway six months ago only frustrates or stresses you out, then hit the unfollow button. If you would feel guilty or rude unfriending someone on Facebook, you can just hide their updates from your news feed so they can still connect with you, but you don't have to see their misspelled rants when you log in to play Candy Crush.
Just as our social media feeds get jammed, so do our poor smart phones. If you're like me, you don't think about deleting those 30 failed selfie attempts until your exhausted phone pleads low storage. But wouldn't it be easier (and less stressful) to find the photos from your spring break trip 2014 if you didn't first have to scroll through 12 drafts of shadowy coffee Instagrams? Spoiler alert: yes. Also, remember all those apps you downloaded in January that were guaranteed to boost your productivity? Yeah, when was the last time you opened those puppies? Seriously, your phone and your sanity will thank you.
Well, part of de-cluttering your life also involves de-cluttering your space. I'm getting ready to move again, so I'm slowly but surely beginning the process of cleaning out my possessions. Nothing like moving to remind you how much useless stuff you own. I've always loved a lot of knick-knacks and sentimental tchotchkes, but sometimes you have to decide what you must keep and what you can leave as a fond memory. You certainly don't have to get rid of anything, but finding new storage solutions and clearing up your space so it reflects yourself exactly as you are in the present time period is extremely refreshing.
I don't know about y'all, but I am not a morning person. In fact, I've yet to ascertain whether or not morning people actually exist. Since I've started my "real" job, I have to be up at 7:30 every morning. It took a while, but I realized that things go so much smoother in the morning if I take the time the night before to set the coffee, make up a lunch, set out my outfit, and generally do what I can to make sure my morning is as uneventful as possible.
Seriously, nothing makes me feel more stressed out than when I'm just trying to find my headphones, or a pencil, or a hair tie in my bag and it's so full of receipts and gum wrappers and Starbucks straw papers, and orphaned earrings, and melted lipsticks that it takes me an hour to unpack it all and finally find a quarter for the parking meter. And while it seems simple enough to fix, it's another one of those things that you just don't do in your day to day life unless you set aside a time to do it. So just take a deep breath, dump out your purse or backpack on the floor, and go to town sorting it all out. You'll thank yourself, I promise.
Another thing that always stresses me out is when my car is super cluttered with pop bottles and wrappers and receipts and gloves and whatnot. But again, it's one of those things that I never think about until I'm getting into my car to drive somewhere and thus don't have time to remedy the situation. So, take some time this weekend and, if your car is like mine, show it some TLC.