Declutter These 5 Areas for More Balance in Your Life

When things pile up in the home or office, it reflects a disorganised mind. Get organised, get rid of clutter, and welcome balance back.

Where are the car keys? I thought I left my wallet here? Has anyone seen my pen?

If you often exclaim these words while furiously rummaging through the mess on the desk, it is time to clear the clutter. On the practical side, clearing out clutter saves precious time since small yet important items such as keys can be found quickly. Clearing clutter also frees up space to welcome other things into life.

Everyone has some form of clutter, somewhere. We highlight some five spots that you may have overlooked.

According to psychologist and health coach Beata Justkowiak, a study conducted by UCLA proved that women who felt that their homes are cluttered are more depressed, and have higher cortisol or stress hormone levels.

#1: Work Desk

The situation of a work desk can say a lot about the person using it—we can a person’s habits and state of mind just by looking at their work desk. According to psychologist and health coach Beata Justkowiak, a study conducted by UCLA proved that women who felt that their homes are cluttered are more depressed, and have higher cortisol or stress hormone levels. This proves that there is a strong relation between a person’s psychological well-being, which affects self-expectations and the ability to meet deadlines. Thus, a neater desk will facilitate efforst in meeting deadlines.

Make use of desk organisers to clear out desk clutter—sort letters and documents into trays; pin important items onto a board; recycle magazines, newspapers, and folders.

#2: Drawers

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Out of sight out of mind. This is what happens when things are kept in drawers. Stationary, brochures, snacks, Post-It pads, and accessories get forgotten when stuffed into drawers.

Throw out whatever is not needed; put stationary such as pens and staplers into a stationary holder and place that on the table; organise larger items into boxes and label them clearly.

Create labels for the various types of emails you receive, and sort them into corresponding folders. Unsubscribe from weekly electronic newsletters that you still haven’t opened.

#3: Email

Is there an e-newsletter from an e-retailer dated three months ago sitting in your Inbox? That is junk, and they get mixed up with important emails that require immediate attention.

Create labels for the various types of emails you receive, and sort them into corresponding folders. Unsubscribe from weekly electronic newsletters that you still haven’t opened. Chances are, if you haven’t opened it in a week – you’ll never open it!

#4: Bathroom Counter

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The state of our bathroom counter can affect how we start, and end our day. Is it a jumble of facial products, moisturisers, and half used toothpaste tubes? Justkowiak states that when good habits and a healthy lifestyle are kept, you will feel more relaxed and your energy will be boosted, thus improving overall productivity.

Dump anything that has not been used in the past three months, as most beauty products have a shelf life. Use trays to organise products that you will keep using, and also for accessories such as hair ties and bobby pins.

So if you hoard ‘skinny clothes’—items that you hang on to in hopes that you can fit into them again—it is time to throw them out.

#5: Wardrobe

Have so many clothes that you have no idea what to wear? Clutter in the wardrobe builds because our preferences for fashion change with time, and our bodies also change. Justkowiak explains that our mind views smaller clothes in our closet as what we are lacking—this brings up insecurities and is demoralising, thus making us easily give up on our fitness goals. So if you hoard ‘skinny clothes’—items that you hang on to in hopes that you can fit into them again—it is time to throw them out.

Recycle or donate clothes that no longer fit, and anything that you have not worn in the last year. Then sort everything by style, type, or colour so that you can easily pick out what you would like to wear.

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