Spring clean your life: Declutter

Sorting out your stuff may just be the quick fix you need.

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We’ve all accumulated things we don’t need and over time, and they just get in your way. Even things that may be ‘organised’ and neat can be clutter if they don’t work for you personally. Clutter keeps us from creating new goals and taking positive steps forward. And clutter can be incredibly draining. Indeed, in the office, if you can’t see your desk, you may be less productive and feel more stressed.

Get organised

Creating more time and space for ourselves allows us to focus on the essentials in life, and saves us stress. A fresh, clean slate allows us to be mentally and emotionally energised for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Other than your annual spring-cleaning (which may take longer than you think!), the trick is to come up with methods of organising that work across all areas of your life. Many mums think that they’d get on top of things by taking a day off work and parking the kids with the grandparents, or if they had a hand around the house. But this is not true! Daily or continual maintenance is absolutely necessary to maintain any order around the house.

Put flexible processes and systems in place that you can easily adapt to your changing life. Even creating simple spreadsheets to track expenses, home repairs, or outline travel plans can make a huge difference in our lives.

Books to help you organise

Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways To Save Money, Simplify Your Life, And Save The Planet, by Elizabeth Rogers and Colleen Howell (Call no.: English 640 ROG)

10,001 Ways To Declutter Your Home On A Small Budget, by Ed Morrow, Sheree Bykofsky and Rita Rosenkranz (Call no.: English 648.5 MOR) 

One Year To An Organized Life With Baby: From Pregnancy To Parenthood, The Week-By-Week Guide To Getting Ready For Baby And Keeping Your Family Organized, by Regina Leeds with Megan Francis (Call no.: English 649.122 LEE [FAM])

Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-Up Way To Get Organized & Let Go Of Perfection, by Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch (Call no.: English 640 ROC)

Check www.nlb.gov.sg for availability.