De-clutter Your Life – 3 Steps to Manage Your Time


De-clutter Your Life – 3 Steps to Manage Your Time

By Tori Glaude

With working and having activities Monday-Friday while the weekend is sprinting past, it’s hard to find the right time to do some real de-cluttering. Some may even find it difficult to have a self-care day or relaxation time.

Let’s take a step back and think about the way we view de-clutter—it’s usually meant to do “spring cleaning” of your home, office space, car, and personal documents. But another way de-cluttering can be effective is cancelling out things in your life that are no longer needed. When’s the last time you can remember having a week of doing awesome things you wanted to do?

Here are our 3 steps to let go so that you can have more control over your time:

Make priorities over the things you love to do.

This is important. Instead of first looking at the things you don’t like to do, approach de-cluttering with a positive mindset that you will have more time for you and your happiness. For example, I love to read a great book during my leisure time. If I have too many things on my plate for the weekend, then I am disappointed that I didn’t get to have my alone time with my book. So the best way I’ve gone about this was to make my schedule around reading so that it is a priority and not a “maybe.”

Put your life into three big categories.

Starting from scratch and looking at everything can be daunting. Break it up into three different categories (i.e. work, extracurricular activities, home-life). Can you delegate anything? Can you eliminate anything? And if you can’t remove it, can you do less of something? Write out a list of these things and then rewrite how you envision your ideal schedule to be. When doing so, it’s better to be specific as possible; so include times, days of the week, and conditional stuff for a fluctuating schedule.

Test out your new schedule.

Now—the best part is to put your new schedule to work. With the things that you’ve eliminated or have committed to doing less of, you should be able to notice a change in your time and less stress. Testing out your schedule could show that you are ready to say “no” to the things that do not feel beneficial to you and participate in a life that helps you with time management and happiness. Use this new schedule as an opportunity to give yourself a break from the day-to-day tasks that you were used to doing because you felt like they were things you had to do.

Now that you know the steps to de-clutter your life, try these out, take your time in being specific, and share with your girls!