Declutter and destress – your way


Declutter and destress—your way

I have never been a super-organized person. I have friends who color-code everything and hold their whole lives together with decorative paper clips, but I didn’t start catching on to the art of organization until very recently. If you’ve ever spent any time in the decluttering section of YouTube, you know that it can get pretty overwhelming and extreme. I mean, I’m not going to throw away all but three of my shirts and get rid of every single decoration that might be a little frivolous. That’s not me. If it’s you, that’s cool, but it certainly isn’t me.

So, where’s some decluttering inspo for the rest of us? As it turns out, the term “organized” is much more subjective than you might think. There are different ways for all of us to achieve our own personal level of organization, so whatever it is you want your life to look like, there’s a method for you.

Left-brained or right-brained?

SURPRISE: we don’t all think the same way, so we aren’t all going to organize the same way. Some people naturally take a minimalist, pared-down approach, while others prefer lots of extras and razzle-dazzle in everything they do. It’s all up to you, so consider your personal preferences before you go making any decisions.

If you’re more logic-oriented, for example, you might find that tools like file folders and divider tabs work best for you. On the other side of the coin, creative minds might try these strategies and abandon them, opting for their own tactic instead.

Big benefits

No matter who you are or how you think, cutting down on clutter can have a huge effect on your emotions and productivity levels. Physical clutter really does contribute to mental clutter, and I know that from several years of firsthand experience.

Cleaning up doesn’t have to be overwhelming! I recently reorganized my entire room based loosely on the Konmari method, and it’s made a noticeable difference in my mental and emotional health. Also, I take way less time to get ready in the morning, and I genuinely love all of the things I own. Sounds like a win-win-win-win to me.
Keep the best, leave the rest

(Mostly) everything in its place

There’s a big difference between messiness and disorganization. Your messy roommate leaves their used plates in the living room for days at a time. Your disorganized roommate is always in a frenzy because they forgot about an assignment until the day it was due. See? Different. I don’t know about the messy roommate, but if you’re the disorganized roommate, fret no longer.

Getting organized is more about a series of small lifestyle changes than it is about completely redefining yourself as a human. If you take it one little change at a time, you’ll hardly even notice that you’re doing anything different—that is, until you reap the rewards.

Find what suits you

Everyone’s organizational style is different, so you may try a few things and find that they just don’t work. That’s okay! Your life doesn’t have to be Pinterest-perfect in order to be organized. If you’re tech-savvy, give a virtual calendar a shot. Google Calendar is one of the single easiest ways to organize all your important dates, and Google Keep is a great tool for storing all your extra ideas and notes.

More of a classic pen-and-paper person? Cool. Lists might be your new best friend. To-do lists will help you keep track of all your obligations and deadlines. Bonus: they also come with the added satisfaction of crossing things off when you’ve done them. So you can feel like you’re winning at life, even if you’re just checking your laundry off your list.
Write that down

Monday Shower Thoughts

  • If telepathy was real we would all be able to hear each other screaming, “move!” in our heads at the grocery store.
  • When you buy Halloween candy to hand out as an adult, it’s like you are paying for all the free candy you got when you were a kid.
  • Falling asleep during A Nightmare on Elm Street is insulting to the movie on the highest level.
  • The first person to throw a boomerang must have been really confused and surprised.
  • When you are seeing half of the sun in a sunset, someone else is seeing the other half as a sunrise.

From the Blog

5 Ways to Organize Your Life
Staying organized during the school year can feel like a full-time job, but being unorganized can feel even worse! As college students, we always have class assignments, extracurriculars, appointments, club meetings, and more throughout the year. Don’t stress. Organize your life and it will no longer feel like one big task. If you can do just a few things each day, you can organize your life in no time.

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