Fall is a great time for “cleaning out the clutter”. It may be the leaves that have collected in your eavestrough, or the extra items in your closet! De-cluttering can literally make you feel better. You can find things more easily, it brightens up your home and in general, feel lighter and more in control.
- Clean patio furniture and children’s summer toys before storing for winter
- Clear eaves and downspouts
- Drain and store garden hoses
- Sort through storage bins/benches, repair broken items, discard or recycle what you didn’t use this year
- Have chimney flues inspected/cleaned
- Clean garden tools, wipe down with oil (motor oil works fine or WD-40)
- Go room to room and list all the things you intend to do to simplify your environment. What do you love? What do you want to let go of?
- Identify items in 3 columns: Keep (I love it), Recycle/Reuse (I like it but someone else could make better use of it than me), Recycle/Trash (This is taking up space in my home and I don’t like it and don’t want it).
- Go through at least one “junk drawer” and remove another you don’t use or can’t recognize!
- Find moments to focus on the positive, that is, “de-clutter” those things that are causing negativity in your life.
- Revisit your commitments, and ask yourself what are you going to say “no” to, so you can say “yes” to what matters most? This will free up space and time in your life for what matters most to you –your closest friends, family, as well as your own health and wellness.
- Simplify your exercise routine so you can fit it into your everyday schedule.
- The new rule is “eat foods that are the closest to the real thing rather than foods that are overly processed and prepared”. This is a great way to “de-clutter” your diet! Why eat applesauce with added sugar when you can bite into a fresh apple? You’ll feel healthier and save money as well!
- Sort through your cupboards and refrigerator. Discard items past their due dates as well as items that have been forgotten (sauces and spreads you never use, spices that are old or you don’t like).
- We all love our phones, tablets and apps but declutter your tech by removing apps that you don’t use, unsubscribe to email lists that don’t interest you, and clean up your contact directory.
- Go through your photos to keep the good ones and discard the duplicates. Make sure you’re backing up, especially your precious photos.
- Clean out your offline files and hard copies of documents, and get rid of what you don’t need.
- Do the same for your electronic files. Make sure everything is backed up
- Wash and inspect plants, re-pot if needed
- Discard office items like pens that don’t work and knickknacks that just take up space