When I am in a new stage of life – like after a breakup – getting my life in order is one of my favorite things to do. I don’t have to think of anyone else as I rethink my priorities and goals. I usually do a massive spring-clean in my home – especially around my desk and my closet. It is a great time to look at things with new eyes. You haven’t worn that dress for 5 years and actually you don’t even like it any more? Put it on the consignment store pile. There are bills floating around your desk from months ago? File them.
There is something so energizing about a cleanse. I have been sorting my kitchen this week (as I discovered every time I went to the supermarket I was sure I needed udon noodles – as I am going through a Japanese cooking binge – and then discovered 5 packets at the back of my pantry) and it feels great. Now I go to the supermarket and I know what is in the cupboards. No more extra noodles!
I found this great blog post on the living simply blog where the author’s favorite bloggers give their best simplicity tips. I hope it gives you inspiration to get organized and embrace the new freedom you have in your life. It got me to clean my desk of clutter today and I have been thinking about doing it all week!
Some of my favorite tips from the post:
- Prioritize: work out what is important and why (make sure it is important in the big scheme of things as well!)
- Focus: now you know what you need to work on, focus on it, shut out other distractions (like iphones, email or a messy desk) and just get going on it. Some people recommended giving yourself a time limit and sticking to it. Others recommended working in the morning (or whatever is the best time of day is for you).
- Before buying something, think really hard whether you need it. More clutter = more work for you. Think about giving something away each time you buy something new.
- Get rid of clutter – unsubscribe to e-newsletters that don’t inspire you, clear that backlog of emails in your account, clear that messy desk, get your dvds sent by mail or watch things online.
- Set up routines if you are busy – use set up food shopping lists, plan meals, plan in your exercise time, keep things in certain places so you can easily grab it when you need it.
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