In this article, Oprah helps declutter your life with 3 powerful ways. Clutter is perhaps causing you additional stress than you realize right now. When life is stressful and disagreable and our calendar is jam-packed with activities, we all need a quiet and clean home that we can come back to in order to relax in. That should mean a calm, organized area that feels light, spacious, homely and safe.
But for too many folks, our homes are just yet another factor that causes stress. And clutter is to blame. Clutter makes a space busy, disorganized, dusty and hard to clean. Conversely, if your space is emptier, you’ll be able to keep it looking pristine with minimal work.
Oprah: Declutter your life
So how do you go about reducing that clutter?
Learn to Detach
To declutter, first you must detach. How many things do you have that you simply never use, however you feel you can’t get rid of them because they were a gift ? Or because they have some kind of sentimental value?
Of course sentimental objects are necessary and we should all have a couple of keepsakes. But this can go too far if it means you feel the urge to hold on to every last item that you’ve ever owned!
If you’re keeping items in memory of someone, then how about keeping only one gift ? And if you’re worried about hurting feelings, you can always lie and say the item broke!
When it comes to hoarding clutter, one of the very worst stuff you can do is to look at something as a collection. You probably think of your DVDs as a ‘collection’ for example and there’s a good chance you’ll have made sure to include each DVD in a specific category, or that you feel says something about you. Now you can’t throw any away without ruining your huge collection!
This is a big cognitive shift but as soon as you realize that collections don’t mean something, decluttering will become a lot easier!
Take a Pause
When you’re thinking of getting anything new, always take a break to think about it. There are a lot of things that contribute to a purchase and plenty of these have been purposefully designed by marketing and sales groups to take advantage of our emotions. When we buy based on emotion, we end up making the wrong decisions. When we buy because we have gone away to think about something and then come back to it that means that we genuinely need or want the item.