If you’re at all like me, you’re really busy. I’m constantly trying to juggle work, parenting, relationships, business, and more. I’m moving quickly from one area of my life to another, and then on to another again. This high level of activity can leave me, and others like me, feeling stressed out and overwhelmed. The truth is, however, that we don’t need to be. There are things that we can do to help reduce stress and declutter our lives. 

Here are 6 tips for decluttering your’s:

  1. Put your finances in order. This is one of the highest stress points for people — financial concerns. When it comes to your money, you’ve got to take control. You can do so by ensuring that the money you have is working for you (savings, retirement, and money market accounts) and that you have a plan for paying off any debts that are hanging over your head. If you feel like you don’t have enough income coming in, take on a side hustle for a limited period of time until you’ve paid down your debts.
  2. Make a list. When you have a running list of all that you need to accomplish, you are much more likely to get those things done! Break everything down in order of priority and begin crossing those items off one by one. It’s so satisfying! 
  3. Get rid of clutter. The more clutter you have, the harder it will be to accomplish anything. That’s why it’s imperative to get rid of it. Start with a general purge, going from room to room (maybe one room per day) and donating or throwing out those things that you no longer need or use. You’ll be surprised by how much lighter you feel after you do, and you won’t miss those things at all. I promise.
  4. Clean and streamline. Again, the idea here is to make things less complicated. Streamlining is particularly important in those areas that you work or take care of administrative tasks in. It’s hard to stay in control when your desk is a mess! Clean it up!
  5. Conduct an audit. Where can you make changes and improvements in your life? Are there things in it that are no longer serving you? Do you want to improve in certain areas? What can you change/eliminate/add to increase your balance/well being?  Start asking yourself these questions and then formulate and implement a strategy for your overall betterment.
  6. Plan ahead. Start planning ahead for as many areas of your life as you can. Perhaps you can begin doing meal preparation on Sundays for the whole week. Maybe you can schedule out some quality time with your family or allocate your tasks a week or two ahead of time. Whatever it is, the more you plan, the easier it will be to balance everything. You’ve got this!