streamlining your environment

Declutter your life, declutter your mind; Part Two

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Picture courtesy of www.weonlydothisonce.com

As I discussed last week, having grown up in a somewhat cluttered environment I yearned for an organised, streamlined living environment where absolutely everything had its place. In my early twenties I was far from organised and, not having carved out a career for myself yet, earned relatively little which meant I lived in small rooms that served to make the task of streamlining my possessions that much harder. One of the first resources I came across was The Flylady. She made decluttering possible for me, a task which seemed huge at the time.

As part of last weeks exercises you made a list of all the rooms or spaces you wanted to declutter. If you found that you wanted to declutter almost all of your rooms when you made the list, I strongly recommend getting The Flylady’s book ‘Sink Reflections’. It tackles all of the issues most of us have with getting started, keeping on track and maintaining a streamlined living space. If you’re just too keen and want to get started now, here are the five essential decluttering tricks of the trade to lead you to the organised living environment you’ve always dreamed of! More

Declutter your life, declutter your mind; Part One

Picture courtesy of www.weonlydothisonce.com

Picture courtesy of www.weonlydothisonce.com

I grew up in a somewhat cluttered house and from a very early age I yearned for a super organised, decluttered environment. By the time I hit my early twenties, in line with the lack of discipline indicative of that decade, my attempts at creating a harmonious decluttered living environment left a lot to be desired. It was only really when I was older that I could effectively discipline myself to declutter my surroundings and implement organisational systems so that my living space was suitably streamlined.

 

Having lived in a cluttered environment I knew just how detrimental the effects of clutter could be. I knew that if my living space was cluttered my ability to focus and concentrate was greatly reduced. For years decluttering gurus have spoken of the adverse effects of clutter however recently science has proven what decluttering experts have long since known – that clutter directly impacts our ability to concentrate and focus and that it considerably reduces our creative ability. Once I achieved a decluttered and organised living environment my clarity of mind significantly increased and my productivity soared.

 

For many decluttering is one of those important but nevertheless non urgent tasks however when we look at the proven advantages to decluttering it is surprising it isn’t higher up on our list of priorities. After all, who doesn’t want to be more focussed, have higher levels of concentration and creativity? More