New year = new me? Maybe not, but I’m slowly learning how to be a de-clutter queen. In one of my last posts of 2016, I talked all about why de-cluttering is so important! Slowly but surely, I’ve built up a few easy ways to de-clutter my life and I want to share them with you!
1. Clean your email inbox once a week
Inbox zero anyone? Ok, let’s be honest… that’s definitely not me. But, one of the easiest ways for me to feel like I’ve got a handle on things is to delete and sort a few emails each day. Tackle it a little at a time and before you know it, you might even hit inbox zero.
2. Clean your backpack/purse out once a week
I don’t know about you, but my backpack and purse are like blackholes. Things go in and never come out. I’ve made it my goal to go through them once a week and throw out unneeded papers, receipts, granola bar wrappers, etc. You’ll feel so much better being able to find all your things without unnecessary clutter in the way.
3. Take a garbage bag into a room in your house and throw out anything you don’t need anymore
This is one of my favourite things to do. Get strict and get tough. See a dying plant? Toss it! Shoes you haven’t worn in years? Toss it! (or donate it if you can!). Before you know it, you’ve cleared your physical space, which will clear your mind too.
4. Close a few of your internet tabs every night
I’ve always got multiple windows and multiple tabs open at all times. Each night I try to scan the windows I have open to see what I really can close ASAP. It’s such a small action, but I truly feel like it de-clutters my life.
5. Put your laundry away as soon as you’re done
I’ve always got a basket full of clean laundry sitting on the floor. Before I know it, I’ve got a pile of dirty clothes and a hamper full of clean clothes that I still haven’t put away. When I finally put it away, I feel so accomplished. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Just get it done.
6. Clean out your sock drawer and throw out your lonely socks once and for all
I always keep my lonely socks, thinking I’ll find it’s pair again one day. Months and years go by, and no socks. Just throw them out or repurpose them, but deal with them once and for all!
7. Unsubscribe from emails you don’t want anymore
One way to help you get a true handle on your email is to deal with that promotional spam once and for all. There is a great site called unroll.me that will let you check off what emails you want to unsubscribe from. If there are emails that you still want to receive, you can check them all off and “roll them up” so that you only get one email a day.
And there you have it! Six very easy and practical ways to de-clutter your life just a little bit. Getting rid of things that occupy space, whether physical or in your mind is totally liberating. Did I miss any de-cluttering tips? Make sure to comment below and let me know!