Time to Declutter!

Many practices can translate over into our health and wellness routines that we commonly don't even acknowledge. Decluttering your physical space is absolutely one of them. One of the best feelings in the world is coming home to a clean and clutter-free environment! Clean dishes, folded laundry, organized workstation, and a perfectly made bed? Ahhh...what a relief!

On the contrary, it’d be pretty stress-inducing to come home after a vacation or long days’ work to find the opposite. It’s easy to forget the power a clean yard or empty sink can do for one’s overall health. I, myself, have found tackling the task of decluttering to be pretty overwhelming when going at it head-on. In the following, l reveal the process that I’ve found helps me get down to business when it's time to declutter!

Time is usually of the essence…am I right? Being short on time often calls for “time blocking” the projects that need to be accomplished. I try to allocate a 10-15-minute block of time to each individual task. Sub-task chunks of time may be necessary to complete the overall project.

For example, let’s say you are focusing on decluttering your office or workstation. You should begin by clearing the floor and desk first. It's nice to be able to see your floor every once in a while, you know? Organize the papers and boxes into different piles accordingly. Completing this sub-task first sets you up to move on to the next sub-task necessary.

Your next “time chunks” will be spread across the different piles, organizing each pile individually. Sort through each stack and decide what it is you really need and what really needs to go. Remember that it's important only to keep what you absolutely need. It is very easy to get caught up in the "pack rat" way of life! If you find it tough to let go of a few items, create a ‘maybe’ pile to keep them in. It may take 2 or 3 attempts to most efficiently complete the task but, pat yourself on the back at this point, you are slowly chipping away to success!

Effectively time blocking, allocating time chunks to necessary sub-tasks, keeping the essential items and letting go of the nonessential ones all add up to a process that can help put you on the fast track to decluttering life like a Jedi! Once you've completed the process, and you are a little more organized than you were a few days ago, a celebration is in order. This is a small victory that deserves to be recognized. Go to the movies to see the new Fast & Furious #25 or make that new Banana Ice-Cream recipe that you've been meaning to try.

You might not see it quite yet but building a healthy habit of decluttering will help you with building a personal discipline in other areas of your life. The practice tends to carry over into other areas that may need attention, such as having the discipline and dedication to food prep, stretch or foam roll daily.

"A year from now, you may wish you had started today." -Karen Lamp