Declutter Your Life For Better Productivity

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Declutter your life for better productivity will show you how to achieve the productivity you deserve for all the hours of work you put in.

Living a disorganized and cluttered life is never the best choice if your goal is to lead a productive, prosperous, and content life. One small change today can lead you on the path to greater productivity.

4 reasons why clutter gets in the way of productivity

Clutter is loud and distracting.

Clutter makes focusing difficult. The more clutter the less able we are to focus. This leads to reduced productivity and precious wasted time.


Procrastination goes hand in hand with clutter because who among us is eager to do that which we hate doing? When surrounded by clutter a cry I often here is ”I don’t know where to start!’. I have the answer and it’s simple.

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Reduced efficiency

Reduced efficiency is another negative trait of living in cluttered spaces. How much time is wasted looking for stuff?

If you are a keeper of clutter how long does it take you to move collections and things around to clean under and around them?

I do not enjoy cleaning and am also a neatnik so naturally I set myself up to make cleaning as efficient and fast as possible.

Owning just what I need is aesthetically pleasing to me. Unless it makes my life simpler I don’t want or need it! I do this with clothes, kitchenware, furniture, and personal hygiene stuff. I do this with everything!

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Increased Stress

Increased stress is a byproduct of living with clutter. Clutter to me feels loud and visually chaotic. Not exactly a conducive environment to focus on the tasks at hand or to relax.

Constant stress increases our cortisol levels.

Cortisol acts as our bodies built-in alarm system and is our body’s main stress hormone. Cortisol is the stress hormone that surges and causes all the symptoms we associate with “fight or flight”.

Here are some tips to declutter and improve our productivity.

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Starting small is the simple answer

If you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start pick up one object. Just 1 object is a great place to start! Reach over and pick up the first thing your hand touches. Do you need or want this? Why? Do this again. Follow these 7 action steps.

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Better Productivity!

Feeling successful now after dealing with the first objects pickup another object and do the same thing! At this point, I would suggest you set yourself a small goal.

A manageable goal is to deal with 1 or 2 pieces of clutter a day 3 days a week.

Perhaps your goal will be to clean out 1 drawer or bookshelf. Maybe you have a chunk of time and wish to tackle a whole closet.

You set your pace. Do not make a goal you won’t be able to keep. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Start small, enjoy, and savor your success. Rinse and repeat.

Systems are your way to better productivity

Create a system of what to do with the objects you are keeping. Ideally ‘getting rid of’ is the first step. Ask yourself if this object is still serving you. Be honest with yourself.

Next, Move the kept objects to their appropriate room in the home, or make a pile and then bring the pile to the destination. The point is a place for everything and everything in its place.

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If you live in 1 room only bring the object to the area within that room where the object will be kept. The next step is to figure out where that object and the same category of objects are going.

Better productivity is on the way!

The very last step is to go out and buy containers, and only if needed. Ideally, the goal is to get rid of clutter. When stuff gets tucked away in covered totes, transparent or otherwise, they tend to be forgotten,

Having a ton of covered containers around is an open invitation to fill with clutter. Take an inventory of the things you have decided to keep. Do you need a container(s)? Just buy what you need.

Another idea is to go through a container of stuff you have stored for years in the back of a closet, in the cellar, or heaven forbid paid for monthly storage. See if you still need this stuff.

Ideally, you can get rid of stored things and recycle the container to its current use! This is what I call the ultimate two for!

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Simplify your way to productivity

Simplify, Simplify, Simplify! Stop complicating your life.

Stop carting around and surrounding yourself with all this clutter. By decluttering you will simplify your space, peace of mind, and your life. You will be more productive in less time which will lead to far greater joy.

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Marj Bates is a life long ridiculously organized declutterer and artist. Less is more are words Marj lives by in everything she does except collecting dogs. “Dogs are like potato chips! Can’t have just one.” says Marj. Marj wonders if growing up with a fanatically clean Jewish mom means her decluttering and organizational skills are in her blood.

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