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Clearing out the clutter

The new year is often a time for making changes, quitting smoking, exercising more, eating healthier.  This year I came across an interesting idea that involved removing clutter from your life.

Clutter is something we all have, there is the “junk drawer” filled with odds and ends, the stacks of papers to read, bills to file, and the clothes to pack away. Over the past few weeks I have endeavored to get rid of some of the excess from my many years of schooling, and with eight years of post secondary education under my belt the results was lots of notes, notebooks, PDF printouts, study notes, you get the picture. I can honestly say, with my recycling boxes full and shelves organized I felt a sense of relief.

This idea of clutter can apply to many aspects of life, in the workplace if you are constantly searching for pens, staplers, files, and other components of your day to day tasks you can be wasting valuable time . The result is less productivity, and the end result of mores stress.  Spend a few minutes at the beginning or the end of your day organizing so you can stay on track and decrease stress levels.

Within relationships there may be someone who is a constant source of negative thoughts or at the root of unhealthy activities, it is important to consider how these relationships are impacting your thoughts and beliefs. Is it time to make a change, is there a way you can distance yourself from this person in a supportive way.

A positive way to make these changes is to dedicate 15 minutes of your day to a self supporting activity – warm bath with Epsom salts, brisk walk outside, reading a good book, or talking to a loved one.

With the physical clutter a few areas that can become overwhelming are the accumulation of things. Whether it be clothing, dishes, children’s toys, furniture, or others. It is important to ask yourself a few questions:

1. Do I need this item?

2. Do I like this item?

3. Do I use this item on a regular basis?

Organization can take time, and energy so work on breaking it down. One helpful tip is to use a timer, set it for 15 minutes and do all you can in that time, that way hours don’t go by and you are left feeling disappointed.

To avoid this accumulation remember to purge regularly this can be done in  every room in the house,don’t forget the kitchen and bathroom. Check expiration dates regularly on medicines, vitamins, supplements, and cosmetics. Stick to the “when in doubt, throw it out” rule.

Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self-assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle. – Eric Zorn

On a side note, in addition to my clutter purging I am also embarking on an Elimination Diet, check out the this link and consider joining me!

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