New Year, New Me: Your Essential Guide To Decluttering Your Life

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2018’s arrival marks new beginnings and the time to get your life together. Here are eight different tips that we hope will help rid your life of clutter and recharge your mind, body and soul.

Say Goodbye To Toxic Relationships

When it comes to friendships, quality rules over quantity. Take the time to re-evaluate the people you surround yourself with. Weed out ‘friends’ who indulge in gossipy and petty behaviour, ones who create unhealthy drama and bring your good vibes down. While cutting ties with these toxic characters will be an unpleasant task, focus on the good influences and stick to the friends that truly mean well – you’ll be happier in the long run.

Go On A Social Media Purge

Witnessing online trolls and distasteful behaviour seem to be part and parcel of any social media experience, but why subject yourself to needless negativity? Be it ‘friends’ who post dramatic tirades online, needlessly gossipy sites, or even Instagram accounts which promote unrealistic standards, give your social media feed (and yourself) some TLC by unfollowing content that burn you out.

Clean Up Your Wardrobe

Let’s face it, we all have items in our closets that never see the light of day, taking up unnecessary space. Set aside some time to look through your clothes and take out pieces you haven’t worn in over three months. Consider donating them to charity. Trust us, the process of freeing your wardrobe from clutter will be a cathartic experience as well.

Reduce Your Commitments

A key factor to a healthy lifestyle is maintaining a good work-life balance. And between juggling schoolwork, social activities and the occasional part-time job, you’re probably already biting off more than you can chew. Start by scaling down on what you’re already doing, and learn to prioritise your commitments – don’t be afraid to say “no” to unnecessary activities or projects. This way, you’ll be able to focus and invest better effort into what you’re working on instead of stretching yourself thin.

Straighten Out Your Finances

With the rise of contactless payment methods, spending money has never been easier – which increases the rate of splurging on unnecessary items. Get your finances in order by re-examining your purchases and pinpointing areas where you can save on (like clothes or video games), and keep a diary of your expenses if you need to. You’ll rest easier knowing you have funds safely kept away for rainy days!

Bury The Hatchet

There’s no positive value added to your life when you’re harbouring a grudge. It can even be detrimental to your mental health holding on to all these negative emotions. So it’s time to be the bigger person by learning to forgive the other party. Be it writing a letter, talking to them over the phone or addressing the issue face to face, do whatever you need to do to release those negative emotions from your life.

Do Digital Decluttering

As the storage on our mobile devices increase, we find ourselves prone to digital hoarding – media files, email messages, applications and the like. But besides slowing down our phones or laptops with unnecessary content, digital hoarding can also take a toll on our minds. So it’s time to let them go. Delete those repetitive photos you took when you were in search for that perfect selfie. Uninstall those apps that you haven’t touched in more than three months. You’ll breathe so much easier when your devices are more manageable.

Organise Your Space

Having an untidy workspace is normal but if you’re constantly digging around to find documents you need, then it’s high time for a clean up. Not only does a messy desk impede productivity, it can also be clogging up your workflow. Remove the unnecessary – this means loose stacks of paper and excess stationery – and try to keep only the bare essentials on your workspace. You’ll see a drastic improvement in no time.

 

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