Inventory and clean your life once a year.

“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” – Lin Yutang

Clean house, both literally and figuratively. Examine your own self, evaluate your goals and current activities, and also take an inventory of your material “stuff”. Keep the good and useful things, and jettison what is bad and dead weight. Clean your life with extreme prejudice.

  • Ask yourself, “Do I need this?” when looking through the things you own. If not, leave it in front of your house and post a curb alert on Craigslist.
  • Ask yourself, “Do I ever wear this?” when going through your closet. If you don’t give it to Goodwill or pass it on to someone who will wear it.
  • Ask yourself, “Will I ever read this book again?” when looking at your bookcase. If not, pass the book on to a friend.

Just don’t allow “things” to accumulate or they may clutter your life. When you de-clutter – inventory, and clean your life – you will feel more free. You will actually be less tied down and feel it.

Don’t limit this practice to material items. Apply it to your actions and habits, too. As you think about your daily routine and schedule, ask yourself what you want to continue doing – and what you want to alter about your life. Then make the changes. (Related to this, you should often ask yourself: “What is the best use of my time right now?”)

Do this yearly, at minimum – the New Year or your birthday are natural times to do this. But it wouldn’t hurt to do it more often as well. The start of spring or fall would also be good times to re-evaluate your life.

Simplify. Minimize. Optimize.

Inventory and clean your life at least once a year. You will feel more free as a result.

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