Cutting back on stuff or clutter brings peace to your home. It makes it easier to enjoy the things you love.
When you cut back on life clutter it can bring peace to your life and help you enjoy the things AND the people you love.
What does cutting back on life clutter look like? It’s the process of cutting back or eliminating anything that is keeping you from truly enjoying your life and the people you care about. Unnecessary things that take up valuable real estate in your life make it difficult or impossible to actually enjoy your life.
We all get so busy doing things and acquiring things that we think we are supposed to do and have. Not long after I turned 40 I realized that quality not quantity needed to be my goal. I no longer need more, more, more. The “more” was making me miss the world around me.
The “more” was also making me tired. Trying to keep up and catch up all the time.
Cutting back on life clutter also means being aware of how you spend your time. What’s eating up all your time and effort? And, is it truly making you happy? In my 40’s I also realized I can say “no” and the earth would still turn. I don’t have to be all things to all people. It’s ok to be choosey about things that I agree to do and when I do them.
Here are 5 ways to cut back on life clutter.
- Volunteering for everything. Whether you choose to volunteer in the community, your church or at your kids school it helps so many people. However, when saying yes to volunteering make sure the project or program speaks to your heart. Don’t spread yourself too thin. When I say yes at my daughter’s school it’s yes to bringing in supplies, cookies, or helping with field trips. I do not volunteer for the year long position of “room mom”. When our family does volunteer work we make sure our daughter is involved. She needs to see us involved and we choose only local projects. I want her to see ways to help the people or causes in her local area.
- Social Media. There’s so much out there. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Periscope, oh my. The list grows constantly. Social Media is a fun way to see what’s happening in the world and what your cousins and college roommate are up to. But, it’s a time sucker. You don’t have to be on all the social media platforms. Find a couple you really enjoy and forget about the rest. Find a good time to check it, get caught up and then forget about it the rest of the day. Facebook tip: since the posts on Facebook get more personal (your phone number, pictures of your kids, your birthday, etc.) only become friends with people you would give the keys to your house.
- Clean up your apps. The apps on your phone take up valuable data. They also clutter up your screen. They make it hard to see the things you really want when you want them. If you don’t use an app, delete it. If you haven’t used it for more than a month, delete it. You can get it back out of the “cloud” if you change your mind, but uncluttering your apps is like pulling weeds. Suddenly you’ll see all the things you really enjoy and need.
- Take a Friend Inventory. We all have friends that are tiring. You know the ones I mean. They take a lot of effort and offer nothing in return. Friends should make you happy and support you. If you’re doing all the “heavy lifting” in any of your relationships, it may be time to move on. Read another article on friends here. Or this one.
- One in one out. I would be remiss if I didn’t touch on house clutter at least a little bit. We downsized our home a while ago (read about that here). When we moved in to a smaller house we decided we would adopt a “one in one out” policy. We don’t bring anything in our home, unless something similar gets thrown away, donated or sold. Our child is painfully aware of this policy and is reminded every time she absolutely positively MUST have a new toy. (Smile) We also go thru the house in summer and right before Christmas and make sure we are donating clothes, books, toys, and anything else that’s not needed or nailed down.
Life clutter wastes time and energy. I’m sure we can all add more to the list. This is a good start on cutting back on anything that makes it hard to see what’s really important.
Love and Less Clutter,