my life has become a wonderful array of chaos, fun, and excitement. but with it, comes a lot of messy spaces and piled up garbage. lately, I’ve tried to get into the habit of constantly de-cluttering things around me to stay sane and keep the momentum going. specifically, I focus on three important things:
we live in a small apartment in the city, and between the two of us adults and sophie, things pile up quickly. I’ve made it a point to ask myself on the daily what I need and don’t need. for example, I try to do laundry on sundays, which lets me process the clothes I’ve worn and go through the ones I haven’t when I’m putting things away. if I come across something that I feel I haven’t had use for in ages, I put it in a bag that I have out next to the bed. when that bag is full, I either put the items on threadflip or donate them. I probably donate a bag full of things once a month! doing this lets me keep our home clean (though it could use a lot more work) and my mind less stressed.
I try my very best to keep my desk neat. I bought a pretty stone tray where I keep nic-nacs, and then keep files in a small plastic box under my desk. the neater my desk, the more focused I am. I also think it helps to lay out my to-do list for the day so that all I have on the desk is the computer and the list. I also try to pick up things around me, especially in our kitchen where things can get messy. a little cleaning here and there can go a long way in keeping everyone focused and happy.
inside my laptop
where do I spend most of my time every day? on my laptop! I have no idea what the cost per use is for my laptop, but it’s got to be in the single cents range. because I use it so much, I have to keep things as orderly as possible. I try to trash files that don’t get used, and keep my desktop clean and free of random files. I also make it a point to try to get as close to inbox zero as possible every day. I use systems like UnrollMe to keep my inbox from getting spammed and have made it a habit to check all emails (personal and work) within an hour of getting up in the morning. this rids me of feeling overwhelmed and lets me focus on work.
instead of setting aside a few times a year to de-clutter, consider making it a daily habit. little changes go a long way, and it could save your sanity.