Today you are going to clear the clutter from one area of your life. Any area…You get to choose.
This morning I’ve been running around looking for a copy of orders for labs that my daughter’s doctor gave me a couple of months ago. She has an appointment at the lab tomorrow and I’m supposed to bring them with, but can I find them? No. That’s because my home is cluttered and disorganized. Some of it is mental chaos after the holidays, but there’s really no excuse. SO it’s time to clear the clutter.
Clear the clutter from your home
This is a tough area to keep in order when you are living with cancer. Housework tends to get tossed to the wayside in favor of the more pressing medical needs as well as fatigue that you experience. We are going to start small, here. Just choose one thing, maybe a junk drawer, a medicine cabinet, an end table where all of your papers land. It could be your refrigerator or a closet, or a bookshelf. Whatever it is, one at a time, decide what to do with the items that are keeping it cluttered. Clear them out and clean the spot with some dusting polish or hot soap and water. You are bound to feel better afterward.
Clear the clutter from your car
The next time you go to your car, head out 10 minutes early and bring 2 empty grocery bags with you. Use one for garbage and the other for the things that need to be brought into the house. Then deliver them to their respective homes. You can vacuum and scrub your car’s dash and cup holders another time.
Clear the clutter from your purse
Dump the whole thing out. Toss the scraps that you no longer need. Put away anything that doesn’t belong in your purse and replace the rest of the items in their respective places. That should make finding your chapstick easier next time your lips are dry.
Clear the clutter from your computer
Now that we keep a lot of our lives in digital form, even our computers get cluttered. You may need to organize and delete a host of emails. Your photos might need to be organized and backed up on an external hard drive or in a cloud. Perhaps you have to go through your bookmarks bar. Surely there is something in your computer that needs to be organized and backed up.
Clear the clutter from your phone
Some of us use our phones as much, if not more than, our computers. Have you gone through your contacts list lately? Look for duplicates or old entries that can be deleted or updated. Back up and delete photos. Get rid of apps you no longer use. This will make your phone run faster and more efficiently.
Clear the clutter from your tablet
More of the same goes for your tablet. See if there are e-books you need to organize or delete as well as old games and apps. Anything that can go should, even if you have space, by clearing the clutter, you make decisions as well as finding things easier.
Once again I will be doing double duty in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I will be sharing ways to avoid burnout, here at Facing Cancer with Grace. At Heather Erickson Author/Writer/Speaker, I will share ways of thinking creatively, using Brainsparker’s Kickstart Course of A to Z prompts. I hope you’ll visit me at both sites.
What do you need to declutter?
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In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.
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