Somebody recently asked me (with a bit of skepticism) if I really think decluttering makes a difference.
Yes, I REALLY do believe in clutter-free living – not sterile, super-tidy, or extreme minimalism – just an organized system for the things you love and use.
Clutter has a negative effect on some pretty important intangibles in the course of a day:
- energy level
Clutter is anything that doesn’t serve you, but takes up space in your world. We all know what a distraction smart phones can be while we’re using them, but did you know your phone doesn’t even have to be in your hand to decrease your cognitive abilities? According to two studies from the University of Southern Maine, “the mere presence of a cell phone can reduce the quality of your task performance.” For tasks that demand full attention – try putting your phone out of sight.
If you want to organize your workspace but don’t know where to start, later this month I’ll have a step-by-step mini-course available – The Organized Workspace. The course is designed around simplicity: simple systems, broad filing categories, visual cues and being very selective about what items to keep.