How to Turn Over a New Leaf by Decluttering Your Life

How to Turn Over a New Leaf by Decluttering Your Life - letsreachsuccess.com

There is too much stuff, too many things going on in our life/head/apartment.

This isn’t the life we were supposed to live.  Not in such chaos, not with so many useless belongings.

We’ve become selfish and materialistic, a nation, focused more on things than relationships and love.

Every material object we own (or at least we think so, because how can we really own something… aren’t we just its temporary possessors?) takes our energy, provokes arguments and problems. We spend money on it, get angry when someone else uses it and sometimes spend more time with it than with our family.

We also think too much. What does it matter if someone doesn’t like us? It is not possible for a human being to please everyone simply because people just want to judge others no matter how chaotic their own life is?

Instead of generating peace and positivity, we fill our heads with meaningless worries, fears and stress that are slowly, but steadily destroying us. Instead of decluttering, we’re adding more clutter.

The world was created to be simple, so were love and relationships. But we did very well in making them a nightmare. Husbands and wives live together just because it is more expensive to get divorced. People choose their friends by the wealth, connections or popularity they’ve gained and don’t care if they are good or bad.

In this post I’ll be writing about the importance of throwing away, let’s say, one third of the stuff we have.
Organizing and setting things in order is also substantial, but is another issue.

Here it’s all about eliminating, deleting and removing things that are a hindrance in the way of achieving our potential.

How to declutter your home and life

Everything that makes you feel overburdened can be undone by cleaning up every aspect of your life. It’s another way of making it simpler by decluttering and embracing clarity and peace.

1. Decluttering your apartment.

  • Throw away all the stuff you don’t need and have never used.

Explore every wardrobe, drawer, cupboard, cabinet and space in your home and set apart every object that you’ve never used, you don’t like, is needless and all the things that you are sure you will use “someday”.

You have to be very uncompromising and harsh.

Many memories can come back to you but don’t let that distract you. Throw away everything that reminds you of an old lover, a person that is no longer in your life or of some tragic moment from the past. You don’t need any of that in your new, clean life.
Make space for better things.

  • Your desk: Do you see too many pens and pencils on it? Are there any old magazines or newspapers in the drawers? Too many sheets? What about business cards, envelopes, files…?
    Don’t think too much – just put everything in the bin.
  •  The kitchen: Look for some spice, herbs, jars, snacks or cereals that are just staying there and which no one is going to eat.
    Get rid of them.

Now is the time to visit the fridge for another reason. You will only benefit from throwing away all the junk food and things that have too many calories and no nutritive value.

Related: 40 Things to Live Without

2. Clearing your mind.

  • Imagine there is a recycle bin icon in your mind. Now take all negative thoughts, worries and fears and drag them to it.

Do the same with the sad and unpleasant memories from the past.

This step may be the hardest to make because it requires more than just throwing away something material. It takes a lot of time and hard work. You can practice doing it in the evening before sleep.
Just think about how easier and happier your life will be without all the things that are engaging your mind most of the time.

Related: Letting Go of Past and Future

3. Organizing your computer.

  • Desktop: delete all the icons you don’t need.
  •  Programs: Most people have so many useless programs and applications that are only slowing their work and covering space. Delete the games you used to play, dictionaries you don’t use anymore, programs for photo editing and planning and so on. Leave only the ones you use the most.
  • Mailbox: Take a look at each email and delete the inessential ones. Do the decluttering once in the morning and once in the afternoon, and don’t think about your email while doing your most productive work.

4. Reconsidering the people in your life.

  •  Old acquaintances: There is no point in maintaining a relationship with someone you don’t have anything in common with, just because you were friends in high school or elsewhere. Just stop seeing them.
  •  Everyone has at least one person in his life that drives him crazy. He may be close to you, maybe you even have to live together, but the only communication you have with him is arguing, yelling at each other and getting annoyed.
    This will be a brave and decisive action but you just have to take him out of your life or at least keep your meetings to a minimum.
  •  Do the same with all negative people in your life.
    Of course you should try to help them first, but when you realize they only have a bad influence on you and after seeing them you always feel worse and depressed, it is high time you stop gathering together.
  •  Reconsider your To-do list. Remove the pointless tasks that are just wasting your time.
  •  Goals: Many people have too many goals, which is engaging their minds with a lot of things at the same time. In such cases, it’s much more likely to fail.

Keep your long-term goals up to 4-5 and as many as you can handle in the short term. After achieving them, you will be satisfied with yourself and very motivated to continue developing yourself.

Decluttering and organizing your life is a big step, which requires a lot of determination, effort and will. The good thing is that you have to do it just once and never think of it again.

It is a great therapy when moving on with your life and turning over a new leaf. Once you’ve done it, there will be no regret because you will have so much space for new and better things.

Since I did that decluttering, I’ve felt such freedom and regeneration that I started looking at things from a different point of view. Of course, I still keep some memories that are valuable to me, but it became a habit of mine to throw useless things away so that they find someone who needs them more and make room in my life.

Make these big changes and embrace the new people, things, moments and thoughts that the future has in store.

Which aspect of your life needs decluttering? Share how you feel about this in the comments below.

See also:

To Declutter Any Room, Ask These 2 Questions
How to Simplify Your Life

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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