Declutter: Clean Up The Mess

Dropping The Excess Baggage


Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – Leonardo da Vinci

Decluttering your entire life gives you the chance to focus on the things that matter.  A lot of the things we think we need are not essentials of life. In fact, we can thrive without most of the things we think are deal breakers. For possessions, less is more. You will not realise how light you can actually be until you actually let go.

Most often than not, things are not just things once they get into our possession. They become objects of value and sentiment filled with nostalgia making it hard to abandon. Living in a clutter is like carrying excess baggage and can slow you down. Which is why you need to declutter.


What To Declutter

Physical Belongings

Remove the physical items you don’t need or use any more. Start from your wardrobe and move to the other parts of the house. Everything which doesn’t serve you anymore should be removed, keeping only the essentials. You can either give them to charity or sell them to make extra cash. Whichever way you decide to go about it, clean up. Don’t be in a hurry to fill the space after cleaning up.


First, have an overview of your finances. Look at how best you can automate savings, investment and bill payment. Which monthly financial commitment is not necessary? Which of your spending can you cut back on? How can you be as frugal as possible and spend less on impulse?


From social media friends to real-life friends, check who you want to eject from your life. You’re allowed to keep the memories but not the people.


Your work environment can affect the quality of work you do. Clear the physical clutter. Clean up your desk and compartment. Clear your work schedule too. Keep only important things on your to-do and don’t commit to too many things. Make use of note and calendar apps to track your time and activities.


Decluttering will teach you how to detach yourself from people and things. It will make you organized, increase your productivity, creativity and help you focus on what’s important.

Also published on Medium.