Life can sometimes feel extremely overwhelming, am I right? For me personally, I feel even more overwhelmed and stressed when things feel too cluttered in my life. Starting with a fresh slate ALWAYS helps me to feel refreshed and motivated. In today’s post I’m sharing 5 ways to declutter your life so you can reduce stress and breathe a little easier.
Clear out your email inbox.
This is a big one and something that I am definitely working on! Between all of the promotional, social, and regular emails that we receive on a daily basis, the little red number on our inbox can go up pretty quickly. Go through your emails and delete all of the unread emails that have been sitting there for a few months that you have no intention of ever opening. Next, create a new folder for important emails that you need to keep, and delete older emails that are no longer necessary to hold onto. Finally, unsubscribe from brands and promotional emails that you are no longer interested in receiving emails from.
Detox your social media accounts.
Do you ever scroll through your social media and realize that a large portion of the posts on your newsfeed are from people that you haven’t talked to in years, or things that you just don’t care to see anymore? Go through and unfollow them. Get rid of any accounts that you’re not interested in anymore, and start following more accounts that post things which are relevant to your life or are inspiring to you.
Clean out your closet and drawers.
This is a common way to start decluttering because it just feels SO GOOD once you’re done! Go through your closets and get rid of all the things that no longer fit, the things you haven’t worn in over a year, and the things that are so worn out but you’ve been holding onto anyway. I like to make 3 piles when I’m cleaning out my closets – a keep pile for all of the things you still love and want, a donation pile for items that are in great condition, and a garbage pile for things that aren’t. When it comes to putting all of the items back that you’re keeping, use Marie Kondo’s method of folding your clothes to store in your drawers (spoiler alert: GAME CHANGER!). Also as a side note, many donation companies such as The Salvation Army will also accept your “garbage” pile of used clothes in order to recycle the material rather than having them end up in a landfill.
Make sure everything has a home.
When organizing just about everything in your life (your home, your workspace, your purse, etc.), make sure that everything has a home. Whether its on the top shelf, right corner of the kitchen cupboard, in the small inside pocket of your purse, or in the box on the top shelf of your closet, give every item a designated home. When things don’t have a home it’s way too easy for them to get placed somewhere and never picked up because we don’t know where else to put it.
Reduce your commitments.
I think this is a really great way to declutter your life in a way that doesn’t involve all of the physical “stuff” around you. Life tends to feel overwhelming not just because of all the physical clutter, but also because of the amount of things that we have in our daily schedules. REDUCE YOUR COMMITMENTS. Free up more time in your life by committing to doing less and you’re sure to feel a ton better.
I really love that these 5 tips are super manageable and easy ways to help declutter your life. I’ve been working on doing these since the new year started, and although it’s taking me quite a while to do it because baby Mia takes up most of my time these days, I’m still making a lot of progress and it feels great! I hope you guys find these tips helpful and that they help you in decluttering.