Don’t lie. Most of you have a designated closet, box, or a drawer full of junk. We literally refer to these places as ‘junk drawers’. Here’s why simplifying things is life-changing and why you should always keep your house tidy when you work from home.
If this blog post title made you cringe, I don’t blame you. Keeping clean haunts me. Cleaning is one of my worst enemies. But keeping your place tidy means something entirely different. And you may not want to hear this, but it’s insanely important to keep your house tidy when you work from home.
Why? Because focus. Because we are emotionally attached to things. To junk. To clutter…at least according to Marie Kondo, a life-changing Japanese organization consultant who wrote The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
This is especially important for those who’s workspace is in their home! Clutter can catch up with you fast in a space you spend most of your time, both living and working. And when we are holding onto all this excess…books we’ll never read, trinkets we never look at, or gifts that bring up no joy by came from loved ones and we have too much guilt to throw away….These things take up space, both literally and energetically. When all that clutter is spilling into other aspects of our life, we simply cannot efficiently focus on our everyday tasks.
Running late on a task or a post or getting back to a client and can’t find something? For me, this fuels anger and anxiety, which easily derails a good portion of my day. When it’s easy for me to find things when everything has it’s place, this happens less and keeps me productive.
Becoming clutter- free can help boost productivity when you work from home – it opens up spare time to focus on the important aspects of life like your work.
Some quick tips to de-clutter and keep your house tidy when you work from home so you can be more efficient:
- Pick something up. Does it not bring you immediate joy? Did you connect it with a memory of a person a place and associate loss or guilt with to object? Release it. That memory is already inside of you, is part of who you are today and will not disappear with that object. It is OK to stay emotionally attached to people long after they exist in your life, but don’t confuse that with things that belonged to them or reminds you of them.
- Received a gift you don’t love? Realizing how much abundance your life has makes it much easier to discard things of ’emotional’ value that you’re holding onto. Share that abundance with others in need by donating. Sometimes, simply the act of a loved one giving you a gift is the moment that the gift served it’s purpose in your life. It’s OK to know that it is ready to be released after that, even if you haven’t used it.
- Does something cause you stress? An unfinished project or book? Shoes that just don’t fit right but are sooo cute? That stuff is draining your energy and wants to be released, so release it.
- Books and DVDs…This is a hard one. Many people feel like the sanctity of the word should be preserved in their house by them creating a library of books they’ve come across, regardless if they enjoyed them or every plan on reading them. The same goes for DVDs. With everything being digital, try and keep only the things you like, not that you’re keeping so that other people see you own them.
Try tackling one category today. Clothes is a good place to start. The lightness you feel from even deciding to de-clutter will hopefully make you more productive and more efficient with work. Before you know it, you’ll be hyper-focused on what really matters because you won’t have the task of tidying your home hanging over your head.
Have any of you felt the life-changing feeling of de-cluttering and how it helped you focus better when you work from home? Let us know in the comments below!Ready to get serious about your work from anywhere job search? I whole-heartedly recommend Flexjobs, the site where I found my first freelance writing gig. There are zero scams on their site and they have their own 100% remote team, too!