Clutter in any part of your life does not allow for 'new' things to come in......Need some motivation to clear the clutter? Begin thinking about what you want more of in your life. It has been my personal experience that if you want something (or someone) to come into your life, you have to make room for it/them. There's a universal law that says nature abhors a vacuum (if there is a gap, something will fill it). For example, if you want to have more clients, create physical space in your filing cabinet by removing folders of inactive clients (see how, below). If you want to attract a mate, start clearing space in your closet to accommodate their wardrobe. Aim to clear one-third of the space in your filing cabinet and/or closet and watch what shows up for you as nature takes its course.
Decluttering the filing cabinet:
By setting a timer at the onset of this or any 'decluttering' project you will find that the job can be accomplished faster and less painfully as you are giving yourself 'permission' to stop once the buzzer sounds or to reset and committ to another few minutes or hour depending on time and mood.
1. Spend the first 15 minutes of your day pulling and discarding files that are no longer current or relevant.
2. Start at the front of your filing cabinet and place a color file folder vertically as a marker to indicate where you left off each day.
3. Keep the recycling bin nearby for the discarded paperwork, or if it is of a confidential nature, toss into boxes and have a shredding company pick them up when you are done / or have the children help by shredding as you go.
4. File owners manuals/warranties/receipts etc by year purchased then recheck every other year to see if any of it can be purged (even owners manuals can be searched and saved in pdf format) woohoo!
Remember thatÂ the internet has made so much paper rather pointless as most anything informational can be found virtually. Your recycle bin will be filled in no time (making the environment a better place) and you will find that 'new' space was made ..... don't forget to think about how you need to retrieve things can be much different than anyone else's style .....some are more visual so make sure you procure a label maker to help identify where things are and where they need to be returned to.... if you are not a visual person then simply filing things away without labeling may work for you. Either way try to 'rid' yourself of 33% (1/3) during the first sort and you may wish to revisit a few weeks later to see if there were things you could not 'part' with the first time that now seem easier to 'let go' ...
Happy De-Cluttering and welcoming the new into your life!