Decluttering Your Life

You may not be this radical, but I’m getting to the point where I’m looking around my garage at all this stuff that I’ve accumulated over the years. When I take a look around, I see stuff I haven’t used in 5 years.

I want to get rid of it.

I want to limit the amount of possessions that I have, take care of, and that occupy bandwidth in my brain.

We recently read an article in the paper that recommended getting rid of 5 things per day in an effort to de-clutter your house. What an easy way to get rid of excess around you.

Television, phone, and email are other things that I want to de-clutter from my life. I have somebody else check my email for me. It’s too time consuming. They filter, answer the questions they can, and they give me the ones they can’t answer. Now, I only have to go through a few emails a day instead of several hundred.

What if you just go offline sometimes?

During the holidays, my wife didn’t check her email for about 10 days. Now, I know some of you are thinking, “Oh my gosh! I could never do that!” Many of you have phones that get your email 24/7. We have chosen not to get email on our phone. We just don’t worry about it.

The truth is, the people in your life or business will live if you don’t respond to them within 15 minutes.

They will live if it takes you a couple days to get back to them.

Did the sky fall down when my wife “unplugged”?

No.

Everything was fine. Yeah, she had a few late emails that she responded to, but people understood. They knew it was the holidays. She actually had taken off a few days to spend with our family. Things aren’t going to fall apart if you don’t check email every single day. In fact, just put a vacation notice on your email, problem solved.

This is a practice we will do more often.

It only takes some very simple steps to de-clutter your life. Trust me, you’ll never want to go back to a cluttered lifestyle again!

What are you going to do this week to de-clutter your life?

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Copyright Stephen Beck, 2010

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2 Responses to “Decluttering Your Life”

  1. Susan, Mrs. Homeschool

    Hey Steve.

    You’re getting the itch we got about 18 months ago. We were trying to get our farm in NC ready to sell and put a TON of stuff in storage. Box after box that, when we sold the property, didn’t even miss the entire time it was in storage. We sold quite a bit before moving to FL, but still has a full Ryder truck AND Uhaul trailer with junk.

    Long story short, we ended up selling about 95% of what we owned (or owned us), saved some cherished items with family, and moved all 7 of us to Costa Rica.

    Something dramatic happens after you’re bit by that bug. Doesn’t mean you move overseas, but all of a sudden, stuff seems to be almost like a poison that you try to avoid at all costs. Even gift giving this Christmas was hard for us because we didn’t want to contribute more “junk” into the lives of those we love.

    Looking forward to see what God is going to do with this shift to declutter in your life!

    Blessings,
    Susan :o)

  2. Christine

    Steve,

    How right you are. De-cluttering is one of my main goal this Spring.
    I am going through my desk, my desk drawers, my closets, the garage, etc. Everything and everywhere in the house is getting a thoughrough clean out sweep and it feels great.

    Cheers,
    Christine

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