It feels so darn good to declutter, especially your every day life.
I’m not talking about my closet or our accumulated stuff from years and years of living in the same place. We’ll do that when we move in the next 2 years.
This decluttering war path I’ve been on for the last few weeks all started one Sunday afternoon when I was working on a client’s website, trying to finish what had been a very long project. Most of the work had nothing to do with design, which I love, but more about reorganizing the site.
Anyway, at that very moment, I decided I didn’t need this frustration at this stage of my life. The next day I had a plan in mind.
Get rid of work you don’t like to do
So I downsized/streamlined my work. No more full website designs. Only now offer help on a per hour basis to bloggers/website owners when they get stuck on their design.
I redesigned and decluttered my business site GaliDesigns to reflect this new change.
And will spend most of my time writing on this blog, on a regular basis. This is the fun part.
Clean up your computer files
Just like living in our house for 30 years, when you work online you save and/or download lots of stuff over that time.
When my computer decided it wouldn’t restart I reached out to a local Mac expert who found the problems and fixed them. But he told me I had been saving files in the wrong places!
When I now my ‘Finder’ (a Mac equivalent of Windows Explorer), I should only see the system directories: Applications – Desktop – Documents – Downloads – Movies – Music – Pictures – Public – Sites and only save whatever to these directories. Before I was all over the place.
Amazing what I found when I went through all my files/folders from way back, like 7 years or so. E-books that don’t exist anymore or so old they don’t apply anymore, documents I have no idea what they were for, pictures I have never used, etc.
Pushing that delete button was so exhilarating! All that junk gone….
Then I move what was left in the right directory, so much easier to find anything.
Declutter your Trello Boards
If you never heard of Trello, it’s a web-based tool that keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details. Very flexible, easy to use and free.
It’s like a filing cabinet. You create different Boards, under each board you create lists and then under each list you create cards.
So let’s take an example from my Trello.
Board: SimplyLise (this blog)
Lists/cards : brain dump (a card for each idea I get) – Recipes (a card for each recipe I want to add to the blog) Admin (a card for each techie stuff I need to do for the blog)
Lists/cards: Apps (cards for apps I want to try) – Computer (cards for different functions on how-to for the Mac)
Anyway, you get the idea. You can use Trello for anything you want.
Which is why I had to really declutter my boards!
Get rid of unused recipes
I bet it’s the same in your household….we basically cook and eat the same meals over and over. Once in a while I’ll try a new recipe, it might or might not become part of the ‘list’.
So I just finished going through my recipe box and got rid of everything I haven’t made in over a year or ever!
Yes I still have a recipe box (it’s so old now that I’m getting this cute one) but it now contains only a few that I created or that I cut up from books or the TV Guide (like from 1994) or recipes that were given to me such as my Tuna Casserole or my mother-in-law’s Carrot Cake just to name a few.
Next I’m going to give away all my cookbooks to the local library.
I think only those who love to cook still have real paper cookbooks.
I google any new recipes I want to try and if we like them, I save them in my bookmarks and my Trello board.
I guess next I’ll have to declutter my closet and get rid of clothes I haven’t worn in a year. I’m on a roll!