Here are 10 Quick Life Hacks to De-Clutter and Simplify Your Life. Maybe a few might be perfect for you! Does life sometimes feel like too much? That’s often the case in modern society — rush, rush, rush. Bills, clothes, obligations and all kinds of chaotic clutter pile up in your inner and outer worlds. When you don’t have the time, you need to make some and reclaim space for yourself. Here are ten quick life hacks to de-clutter and simplify your life. Maybe a few will help you out a bit!!
1. Begin High and End Low
Don’t randomly move from chore to chore because you create more work for yourself in the end. You increase the time it takes to get the work done.
Begin high and end low as you work your way down. Dust the cabinets in the kitchen, and then wipe down the counters. Finally, sweep the floor and mop.
2. Bag 10 Items Per Room
Knock it out in a weekend or take it day by day. Your goal — bag ten items for donation or to toss per room. If you are really cluttered…repeat.
3. Filter Inbox Spam with Choice Words
You want to stay updated but not that much. Going email by email and page by page to eliminate spam gets old, so use filters and choice keywords to your advantage to banish all spam for good. Use common terms you find inside the email, such as “opt out” or “unsubscribe.”
4. Eat Seven Items
Eating shouldn’t be complicated, but it feels that way when it comes to dieting and trying to eat healthy. Avoid packaged foods, and eat only seven items — lean calcium, lean protein, beans, nuts, healthy fats, whole grains, veggies and fruit. No boxes for you and this method will certainly lower your carbon footprint.
If your de-clutter, do you fear your house will look barren? Perhaps you should downsize that, too. A smaller home doesn’t mean a smaller life — just a more comfortable and simple one.
Though most seniors get this advice around retirement, downsizing to a smaller home is commonly recommended for adults of all ages — especially when looking to de-clutter. Focus on specific downsizing goals when transitioning from homes and making a big move to a smaller space. This will help you avoid duplicates in toiletries and fill your home with items that matter to you, instead of clutter. It will also give you a fresh perspective on life. This may not be for everyone, but it is really something to consider. Think of it, you will have more time to travel and do things you always wanted to do! Plus save money on heating…electric and more!
6. Choose Paperless
Reduce the amount of mail you receive and sort through by having your bills delivered electronically — especially since the production of junk mail eliminates 100 million trees annually. Call the companies or sign into your online account to choose paperless billing, which means you’ll typically receive documents through upload on their website, email or a combination of the two. Stash back statements in the cloud.
7. Wear a Limited Basic Palette
Choose a few colors to wear as a part of your basic wardrobe, such as gray, black, blue, brown and another solid color or two. Use colors in your accents. It’s easier for you to mix and match your clothes, and you won’t need as many clothes.
8. Skip or Limit the Schedule
Do you over-pack your schedule? Keep all mandatory meetings for your job, but just tell everyone else that you don’t make appointments. If you want to meetup, or someone wants to meet with you, call and then show up together. Let the day flow.
Some appointments, such as going to the dentist or a family reunion, aren’t affairs you just show up to on any day you fancy. Make exceptions for those as you see fit. Otherwise, pick a percentage of your time or block of days that you will and will not schedule. Stick to it. You’ll feel more balanced when you don’t schedule every aspect of your life.
9. Restrict Information Flow
If you choose to go paperless, take a closer look at other areas of your life. Do the news and social media add more negativity and stress to your life? Do you waste time on these things?
Reduce and restrict information flow in your life. Check the weather and leave it at that. Choose preferred information sources and decide when you will check them. Do the same with social media, eliminating specific notifications on your devices altogether. Many researchers fear the impact of lengthy social media use in shortening attention spans, spreading inaccurate information and increasing stress levels. Take a day out of the month to unplug from everything electronic and just be.
10. Ditch the Smart Technology
How many devices do you need? Could you live with a tablet or a single smartphone? Could you live with a basic phone without all the frills? Give yourself thirty days to try it out and store your old devices out of sight.
Living a smarter life may mean living a simpler life for you. When you de-clutter, you get back to the basics and what matters to you. Give yourself more time to concentrate on the relationships and passions that enrich your life.
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Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Tripping.com and more!
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