how to declutter your life in 4 awesome steps – introduction

Is decluttering a chore, a state of mind, a meditation? I sure don’t look at it as a chore. For me, it’s a cleansing experience. It’s the shedding of the old in order to prepare myself to receive the new. Decluttering is an art form, because with practice you get better, as you allow yourself to let go of things (or thoughts), one by one until only essential remains.

We’re getting ready to move. In a few weeks my family and I are packing up our stuff, getting a big ol’ truck and hitting the road. The new home is only about 100 miles away. I am looking forward to this move, so everything is as it should be.

I’m grateful that a few years ago, I went through my whole house, applying some cool decluttering methods to clear out a bunch of, well… clutter. Now the time has come to do it again! I only wish that I maintained thedeclutteredstate with more discipline.

The truth is, you don’t need much at all! Much of what you keep is for false security or sentimental value. But you can deal with both of these emotions and understand yourself better as the result. In order to declutter your life, you don’t have to wait for a move. For best results, it should be started today, and maintained at regular intervals, such as every six months.

Having a clutter free life can do wonders for you. It can eliminate chaos, establish clear thinking and reduce your stress. Here are the main areas where clutter accumulates. Let me show you how to declutter your life one awesome step at a time.

1. Simpler Home

You spend your life here. Your home should be a place of rest and peace. You are here to recharge yourself so that you can deal with the outside world. The house is your emotional oasis that deserves to be clean and well organized at all times.

2. Simpler Office

If you’re not at home, chances are you’re at the office. You may have an actual office, or share the workspace with coworkers. In any case, having a decluttered place of work will improve your efficiency, save you time and give you a stress-free environment.

3. Simpler Email

Your life is centered around the Internet and the email is still the preferred method for much of your personal and work communication. This is why I place the email in its own category. Organizing your communication is unparalleled for all of your projects.

4. Simpler Self

This is about learning to place your life in perspective. It’s about organizing and prioritizing your time and projects. It’s how effective you can be at your tasks. It’s how much free time you can create by focusing on what’s most important. Good stuff!

Now that you know what’s ahead of you (and me), its time to move forward. In the next few posts I will explain the main decluttering concepts alone with some useful tips, ideas and even some terrific tools to help you achieve the clutter-free life you deserve!

Live well. Vlad

2 Responses to how to declutter your life in 4 awesome steps – introduction

  1. Freedom | Rethinking the Dream November 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    We did a major declutter and purge last year. We rid our lives of practically everything that hadn’t been used in the last 6 months. Our house felt so much cleaner and, in a way, happier after that. It’s hard to have an oasis that is cluttered with junk, getting rid of all that stuff made it feel like an oasis again.

    • Vlad November 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

      Hi Freedom, good for you! It takes guts to do such a thorough cleaning (cleansing?) as you describe. But the benefits will last far into the future. Thank you for sharing :-)