- Home and/or Workspace: By clearing your workspace and/or home, you are energetically clearing out anything that is taking up unnecessary space in your external world. You will be amazed at the difference this can make. Not only will you feel accomplished, and organised, but you would be amazed at what turns up on your declutter journey. I found $65 USD that I’m about to cash in, and a whole heap of clothes in perfect condition that I haven’t really worn that I’ll sell or donate. It’s a win-win for my home and workspace and my bank account.
- Email: By decluttering and re-organising your inbox you’ll feel less overwhelmed of a morning when you login. After 17 years being an admin unicorn I can attest to the power of organisation just by doing this simple step. I feel more in control, I know where everything is, and I know whatever is left in my inbox is what needs to be worked on throughout the day….a to-do list if you will. It’s a wonderful feeling when you’re looking for something and you know exactly where it is. And have fun with it! Yes, that’s right, I said fun – make your tabs beautiful colours, have labels and then sub-labels (yes I geek out on this stuff), and all of sudden, the most “boring” job becomes one you’ll enjoy.
- Social Media Accounts: Social media is great – I love it! I also know that we are consuming so much more content in this digital age, and it’s easy to lose track of who we follow and why. The reality is that as we as individuals evolve, so do our needs and wants. I’m running a small creative business now, so I want to follow accounts that relate to creativity, kick ass women in business, and accounts heavily focusing on mindset so that I’m continuing to feel supported and part of a community of like-minded ladies (with a healthy dose of cute doggo and animal accounts). Once a month I have an audit of my social media and it’s the best way for me to ensure my precious time is filled with accounts that bring me joy and purpose. So go ahead and have yourself a little social media audit – you’ll feel better for it.
- Bank Accounts: A lot of people don’t like to look at the ol’ bank account BUT I cannot recommend this more highly. Look through all of your outgoings – do you really need to be subscribed to 3 streaming services? That trial you tried, never used and forgot to cancel before the trial period expired could mean that you’re getting charged for something you’re not using. My bank account audit has saved me $80 a month, and over 12 months that adds up to $960 that could be in my account instead of having it go to someone else for products and services I’m not using.
- Photography Galleries: You’ve purchased Lightroom Classic, or Photoshop and you’re editing at the speed of a gazelle being chased by a lion, and you feel so accomplished because well look at you pumping out your glorious images. Then you do it again, and again and again, until it’s 2 years later, 7000 images deep and you “still haven’t gotten around to categorising your images and placing them in folders”. It’s the same principle as the emails – get them organised so that each time you login to edit you have a clean slate to work with. Make it part of your workflow so that once you’re happy with your images and you’ve sent them off to the client, then you categorise and file them et voila, you truly have finalised that job, and you can easily access them at anytime in the future.
So, there are my 4 top tips for decluttering (plus a little extra one in there just for you photographers out there). You could apply this to so many things in your day-to-day and work life, and honestly, making time for this once a month will truly give you such a feeling of accomplishment.
I’d love to know if you’ve used any of my tips, or whether you have some of your own. Drop a comment below – I’d love to know your favourite declutter moments. If you’d like to see more useful articles like this one, then head on over to my blog. Want some behind the scenes? Then be sure to follow me on Instagram.
Till next time,