DeclutterL e your 45%
You’re 15 minutes late for an interview because you couldn’t find your wallet. Which has to be somewhere under that pile of black jeans that all need cleaning. And by the time you’ve SnapChatted the #wardrobesplosion, well … some other girl has landed your dream job.
Ugh, hate her. But sort of want to be her, with her immaculate colourcoded wardrobe, amazing social life and accordion-folder thingy full of alphabetised tax receipts. Getting there from where you are right now can feel daunting but the good news is that decluttering your life is really just about figuring out what you really want in life, and letting the rest take care of itself. “When you get clear on what you’re good at and exactly what you want, the clutter naturally just starts to fall away,” explains life coach Lauren Heys at the Moxxi Group. Once you figure out your purpose, you discover new reserves of motivation to get the daily shiz in order. “Emotionally and mentally, when you have connected to that big goal, you’re able to break it down and then create a must-do list of how to get there, which helps you work out what’s important and what isn’t on a daily basis,” Heys says.
So, for example, when you realise you do want to write that screenplay, tidying a workspace becomes a lot more urgent. Or if friendships are your true priority, getting off Facebook and organising dinner with a real human doesn’t seem so completely impossible. “When your priorities are in order, you feel calmer and then your environment quickly begins to reflect that,” according to Heys.
There’s still something to be said for identifying and taking action on individual areas of life clutter, too. And Heys agrees. “When there’s something hanging over your head, your brain can’t give its full attention to what you’re actually trying to achieve. You end up doing all of the things and none of them well.”
And so, in the interest of your mental clarity, total wellness and a dealt-with ‘to eBay’ pile, we’ve put together three common areas of stuck-in-a-rutness along with (neat, alphabetised and colour-coded) ways to deal with every single one of them. Hint: You won’t be needing any highlighters or Post-It Notes en masse.
Put your hands in the air like the hot mess you are!