2016 was all about getting your space decluttered and organised. YouTube was filled with organisational and decluttering videos; this was mainly inspired by Marie Kondo, who wrote the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Although I haven't subscribed to the Kondo method, I do like the premise behind it. Getting your things organised and space decluttered is a great way to take control of your life. It may not give you everything you want but it does create a good, clear space for you to have clarity in your thought processes and increase productivity. Plus it is a great way to just simplify your life a little and that is always a great thing. here are a few other ways to simplify your life.....
1. Get Rid of All Physical and Emotional Clutter:
You don't have to do it in one go, as suggested by Marie Kondo but decluttering things that you no longer want or need is a good start. Also, in the process, you can get rid of any emotional clutter you have lying around. Do you have gifts from an ex or maybe a letter or just some things that remind you of him? Do these things have an affect on your mood and make you grumpy? If the answer is no, then these are objects are not emotional clutter. However, if you do find yourself feeling sad (be honest with yourself), it is time to say your goodbyes to the objects. And if that's something you're finding too hard, why not store everything away into a box and store them in a place you're not likely to see.
2. Take Control of Your Own Decisions:
Sometimes, there are so many voices that your own one gets drowned out and it's hard for you to even understand what it is that you want or need. People will always have an opinion and will always want to part their advice. Listen to what they say but ultimately you should be the one who has the ultimate power and authority of what it is that you want to do. You don't always have to share your plans with everyone just know that you are the decision maker of your life.
3. Stop Following Fads:
Some fads are great but most are a waste of time and money. See what fads you are drawn to; do these suit your need, do they suit you and can you afford it? If you ask yourself some sensible questions and you find that it is worth investing in the item, then get it. If you think you are buying the item just for the sake of having it (afterall, everyone has one!) then just think about all the things you would rather be spending your money on and know that by buying something you don't want or need, you are taking away from what it is that you really want.
4. Choose Quality Over Quantity:
In my late teens/ early twenties, I was convinced I was being really savy with money as I would buy cheap accessories such as jewellery, belts and handbags. This is a big mistake of my yester-years. The items I would buy were so cheap that I ended up buying more than I needed. Afterall, a £2.50 bag from Primark is totally affordable. Unfortunately, having an excessive number of accessories meant I did not always use what I had and often I did not know what I had, as the items would just get lost in the closet. So, this savy money saving tip was infact a total waste of money. Fast forward ten plus years more, I would advise younger me to stop wasting money on cheap items and invest in one investment piece which will get used more and last a much longer time.
5. Be Comfortable With Nothing:
We are living at a time where there is a continuous stream of stimulation. Learn to be okay with nothing. Sometimes, it is okay to have nothing to do and just rest and unwind. Learn to live in the moment and enjoy the present, without being hung up with the past and all that that has been and gone. Take a break from thinking about the future; things will be fine, you are working your way up. So, just take a few minutes everyday for nothing. Be sure to enjoy your nothing time; it's precious.