How To De-clutter Your Life

Every January there is this grand gravitational pull to realigning our stars with proclamations and resolutions.

Story by Becca Edwards

We think that by shedding pounds and/or problems this new year will be a clean slate. Also, every January we find ourselves just plain stuffed — whether it is an abundance of holiday loot (ahem, overly generous grandparents) or the inevitable epiphany that if we didn’t eat, drink and or be merry for a skinny minute, it truly would be a gift.

As a result, we feel compelled to do some premature spring cleaning and de-clutter. But how we de-clutter should be up for discussion. De-cluttering does not necessarily mean cleaning out your bedroom closet. Sometimes it means cleaning up your inner closet. Nonetheless, here are some tips to tidying up both.


De-clutter your life


Recalibrate

Now that everyone is tired of partying, this is a great month to cook nutrient-rich food at home and opt for clean living. For this reason, every January my family “recalibrates” and goes strictly whole foods and no booze. And this is not just an effort to reset our gut health and give our livers a break, but to get our sanity back. Did you know roughly 25 percent of the population suffers

from low-grade to full-blown depression post holiday season? Besides seasonal depression, a psychiatric condition identified by the Mayo Clinic as SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, there are other factors that generate the general malaise most people feel come January. Foods high in sugar and fat, as well as more than two servings of alcohol a day, can have a negative impact on hormones and neurotransmitters, making it difficult to actually feel happy.

Recalculate

Look at your bank and credit card statements. Is there a reoccurring charge like a gym membership you are no longer taking advantage of or a channel subscription you never use? Has your cable or phone bill sneaked up to a higher rate? Weed out what I call “money suckers” and close out unneeded accounts and renegotiate with your providers.

Redesign

Look at your home, office, your car or any space you spend time in. How can you simplify it? How much natural light comes in? Do you have any real plants? Could it be better organized? Feng shui is for real. And though feng shui is a complex system of theories that are used to promote good energy, try an acronym my first writing professor often shouted—K.I.S.S., or keep it simple silly. Start by simply cleaning out that miscellaneous drawer or glove compartment and then attack bigger tasks like tackling the arrangement of your furniture.

Reassess

A frazzled mind is a cluttered mind. Sit down with a pen and paper, not a device. Studies have found pen and paper note-taking boosts memory and the ability to retain and understand concepts. Write down your short and long term goals, devise a plan to achieving them, and then commit to the plan.