Getting in touch with clutter does not mean going all Marie Kondo; touchy feely, but it does require an honest assessment of the true cost of clutter- loss of productivity, creates stress/anxiety, decreases sense of self control, negative impact on self-esteem, negative impact on health.
Solution: Get in touch with clutter
Ask yourself Do I like it and use it?
Does it add value to my work/life?
Do I like it and use it?
Frequently we don’t use items simply because we don’t like it, too difficult to operate, complicated or we never took the time to work out how to use it and get the most out of it. The question to ask yourself: “Why hang onto it, if I don’t like it or use it?”
Does it add value to my work/life?
Real change requires real action, in a study conducted by OfficeMax they found 46% of employees surveyed had difficulty segregating clutter from essentials.
As the old saying goes “time is money” wasting time looking for essential items to complete a task or carry our everyday tasks limits our ability to live the life we want.
The question to ask yourself: Why hang onto things that are out of date or superseded?
How to get in touch with clutter and stop the clutter spiral
- Have I ever bought something only to discover I already have one, two or more of the same?
- Do I waste looking for essential items?
- Have I ever found items that do not belong in the home/office but take up valuable space?
By answering YES to all 3 shows a tendency towards the clutter spiral; losing track of essentials, over purchasing, time and space wasted due to clutter.
- Overflowing waste and recycle bin
This may sound obvious but the simple act of remove rubbish goes a long way to regaining control over clutter.
- Magazines and Subscriptions
Donate or recycle out of date magazines and manuals, to reduce paper clutter consider online subscriptions. Avoid a build-up of online subscriptions set a time frame to delete and/or unsubscribe to any that are no longer relevant.
- Old vision boards
Vision boards are one way to plan our future and visualise our dreams, dismantle and reuse old vision boards and create a new vision that sparks the change you want.
- Worn, broken or unwanted items
Space is valuable, a home or office chocked with stuff hinders function and flow, rather than going to the hassle and expense of moving home/office, regular decluttering creates space and improves productivity. To find out where to repair, responsibly dispose worn, broken and unwanted items visit Recycling & Responsible Disposal
Composting is a form of recycling, consider an in-house compost system rather than relying on the recycle bin.
- Add shredded paper to a compost bin
- Add tea leaves to a compost bin
- Add coffee grinds to office plants and garden beds to neutralise the soil
- Add food scraps to the compost bin
- Inspirational Quotes
Walls are dotted with last year’s inspirational quotes and ideas, are out of date, obsolete, not doing what they are supposed to do, just taking up space, it’s time to move ahead, and bring in fresh new ideas, reuse the frames and add new inspirational quotes.
- Return items
Return any items that do not belong in this space to their correct home, remember the office is for working the home is for living not storing stuff!
- Routines and rewards
Establish weekly routines to file, declutter, return and recycle, this will help maintain a clutter free home and office, rewarding you with more time to creating the change you want.
The 10Rs’© Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward