2. Tip everything out of your make-up bag and bathroom cabinet. Old, almost empty bottles of cosmetics, shampoos etc which have been hanging about for too long need to go in the bin. Wipe out your make up bag or better still, treat yourself to a new one and fill it with only products you know you will use. Clear those shelves and wipe them down with a soapy cloth. It's amazing how much better clean, spacious cupboards and shelves make you feel.
3. Delve into those coat pockets, handbags and purses and chuck out all the receipts, old bus tickets, tissues and sweet wrappers. Odd bits of change can go in a money box - thereby starting a whole new good habit of saving money!
4. Food cupboards are next. How long is it since you took everything out of your larder and checked the date and condition of stored food? Whenever I tackle my food cupboards I am shocked at the number of unusable jars and packets that have been shoved to the back. Soggy crackers and crumbs mingle with sticky puddles of leaked oil and syrup: “Oh how shameful,” I say to myself! Once again, with the bin overflowing and shiny clean shelves, your mood will brighten immensely!
5. Don't forget the fridge and the freezer. Are they due for defrosting? Go on, take the plunge, get rid of all the ice on the walls of your fridge or freezer and see how much space there is inside, when you have finished.
6. How tidy is your work space? You've heard the old saying: a tidy desk is a tidy mind. Maybe you don't work at a desk, perhaps you work in a kitchen or a service area of some sort but wherever you are spending your working day, make it easy on yourself and be sure the items that surround you are the things you need to do your job, that day. Store unnecessary bits and bobs in appropriate places or discard altogether. Not being able to find essential tools and information causes stress and mistakes at work. The same goes for your computer: give it a clear out from time to time too.
7. How tidy is your car? I'm ashamed to say, I'm guilty of storing all sorts of junk in mine. It gets me down, I'll be honest. I just keep adding to the piles of CDs, spare jackets, umbrellas and carrier bags. Then there's the door pockets overflowing with bits of paper, sweet papers and petrol receipts. Nothing gives quite the same satisfaction as having cleaned the inside of the car. It seems so much bigger after it's done!
8. Declutter your body. Yes, you know it makes sense. Give your body a rest from all the alcohol, sugar, and fatty foods. Don't make yourself miserable by cutting out your favourite treats forever, but take a few days away from the junk and drink lots of water to flush away toxins that have made their home inside you. See how fresh and energetic you feel, although I must warn you that if you normally lean heavily towards an unhealthy diet, you may find that you feel rough before you feel better. Be patient, it's worth it!
9. Habits which waste time. You know what I mean. Have a good look at your daily routine and ask yourself what value there is in spending large chunks of the day, playing games, browsing social media, watching TV shows that you're really not interested in or laying in bed late. Be totally honest with yourself, here. If you were to get up an hour earlier, give yourself designated times during the day to catch up with what your friends are up to on Facebook and allow a set amount of time for gaming or watching TV, what other new and brilliant things could you be doing with your life?
10. Now, here's the hardest bit: (yet probably the most useful) people decluttering. If you're honest with yourself, there are folk in your life who are no good for you. It's tough but you know you have to phase them out. I'm talking about people who cast a negative shadow over your dreams. The ones who always see the bad in situations, the ones who don't support you in your dreams and goals. Spend less time with them and seek out individuals who make you feel good about yourself: the ones who encourage you in pursuit of your goals, the people you aspire to be like.
We become like the people we surround ourselves with - so make good choices.