Clear the Clutter Out of Your Life
Organize and simplify your life for better emotional health.
Clean Out Clothing Skeletons in Your Cluttered Closet continued...
Ellis’ mantra is, “If you haven’t seen it, needed it, or worn it in one
year, get rid of it.”
Nwogugu’s friend had three questions when they came to every piece of
clothing: Does it fit? Have you worn it in the last 12 months? Is there some
sentimental value strong enough to keep it? If the answers are no, toss
it in one of three options -- in a bag for charity, to sell at a garage sale or
on eBay, or for the trash heap.
Nwogugu went through the same procedure for her husband’s clothes and shoes
as well as her children’s. “By the time we were done with clothing, we
had over 15 hefty trash bags of stuff for Salvation Army.”
Organization Tips for Your Clutter-Free Action Plan
Here are more steps to help you clear clutter from your life:
Organize in bite-size bits:If the thought of getting organized
completely overwhelms you, set a timer for just 15 minutes a day. Knowing you
won't spend hours working on an organizational project might make working in
small nuggets easier to manage.
Mainstream email: Instead of checking email with each ding of the
inbox, read your emails on a regular basis only twice a day. When you open an
email, answer it immediately and don't save it for later.
Handle snail mail only once: Create a special time and place to read
your snail mail regularly. During the appointed time, open the mail and
immediately take action on it. File it with bills, shred it, toss it in the
trash, etc. Commit to touching each piece of mail immediately and only
Avoid horizontal piles: When possible, avoid putting paper in
horizontal stacks in your home or office. Save time and frustration by
categorizing and finding a home for paper as soon as it comes through the
Purge regularly:This applies to every room in the house but don’t
forget the kitchen and bathroom. Check expiration dates regularly on medicines,
vitamins, supplements, and cosmetics. Stick to the “when in doubt, throw it
out” rule. If you can’t remember when you purchased it, let it go.
The first day after Nwogugu de-cluttered she walked around her apartment,
remembering why she loved it. She no longer felt the need to escape. She looked
forward to writing. "All around, I feel much better,” she says.