Decluttering your life is about more than just getting rid of the stuff that takes up space in your home. It’s also about getting rid of the stuff that takes up space in your life. OK, that metaphor is a bit of a stretch, but bear with me.
Over the past couple years I’ve been on a decrappification kick. I have indeed reduced my possession load (or anchors in a manner of speaking). I have also managed to streamline my life as well as my possessions. Here are a few of the things I’ve done, in no particular order.
Digital versions of publications cut down on paper waste and accumulation. I stopped buying newspapers and magazines in favor of online versions and e-zines, respectively. Now I have less paper cluttering up my house, less to store and/or archive, and less to lug to the recycling center every week. I also buy most of my “books” now for use with the Nook and Kindle apps on my tablet.
One place setting is enough dishware for one person. I stopped using up all my clean plates and cups before doing dishes. I bought a large plate, a small plate, and a soup bowl-all plain white. When I use one of these I wash it when I’m done. This minimizes the time I spend doing dishes unnecessarily. And they are easy to keep track of.
Online bill payments are a great idea in my opinion. This not only eliminates incoming paper (i.e., bills) but it pretty much gives me an instant receipt. I automate these bill payments whenever I can, which means I have less to remember and deal with. It works out well for me overall, and I can keep all the records I want on my laptop without occupying any space. Just remember to back up your files if you go this route.
Gyms are nice but streaming workouts is convenient. I have a collection of Beachbody exercise program DVDs I’ve accumulated over the years. Then about a year ago Beachbody on Demand came along with the ability to inexpensively stream most of their programs on laptops and tablets. It all came together for me a few months ago when I got an Amazon Fire Stick, which includes a Beachbody on Demand app. I now stream my workouts on my full size TV, at my convenience. I also recent bought the “digital unlock” for a new program, Body Beast. I don’t even need the DVDs now!
Maybe the best thing I have done for myself is that I take a digital Sabbath every Sunday. Basically, I don’t go online for Facebook, Twitter, and so forth on my phone, tablet or laptop. I don’t text or instant message. I still call and take calls on my phone, but I don’t think of that as being the same as Facebook, etc. It is surprisingly restful regardless of anything else I may be doing. Surprisingly, the world continues to turn without my active oversight!
There are lots of other ways I declutter my life, large and small, but this gives you an idea. Hopefully, you are inspired to try it yourself.