Improving Life After 40 Through Experience And Feng Shui

“My view on Feng Shui: don’t put your bed in front of the door because you won’t get in.”
– Jonas Eriksson, FIFA Referee


The power of 30 second decluttering.

Decluttering is one of the most effective ways to not only improve your surroundings, but to also feel better, and it can be done in 30 seconds.

The benefits of decluttering are more beneficial than you may think. According to Dr. Stoler’s article, The Many Mental Benefits of Decluttering, removing unnecessary objects from your space not only opens the room, it frees the mind.

Here’s a quick guide to help you declutter and make a noticeable difference in your space instantly.

1. Identify The Target Area

Choose a small, manageable spot to tackle. This could be your coffee table, a section of your kitchen counter, or your nightstand. Keep it focused to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

2. Understand The Area

Know what you’re rapidly decluttering. 

If it’s your desk, then understand it’s for improving how well you work. Should it be your bed, then it’s about improving how well you sleep. A drawer in your dresser, it’s about how organized and available your articles of clothing are.

You get the idea.

3. Set a 30-Second Timer

Get your phone or timer and set it for 30 seconds. This creates a sense of urgency and helps you stay on task.

4. Quickly Gather Out-of-Place Items

Scan the area and collect any items that don’t belong. Place them in a temporary container, like a basket or a box. Don’t spend time sorting or deciding—just gather everything that’s out of place.

Don’t think, just grab!

5. Wipe Down The Surface (Optional)

If there’s a little time left on the clock, give the cleared surface a quick wipe with a cleaning cloth or wipe. This step is optional but can make a big difference in how tidy the area looks.

6. Return Essentials Only

Place only the essential items back in the area. For example, if you’re decluttering your desk, you might only put back your computer, a notepad, and a pen. 

Keep it minimal and functional.

7. Deal With The Container Later

Set the container with the out-of-place items aside to sort through later. Plan to address it when you have more time, such as during your next TV show break or at the end of the day.

8. Repeat To Your Satisfaction

As small as it may seem, consistently decluttering in short spurts can have enormous long-term effects. What may have started as no more than a drawer or corner, will eventually become an entire room. 

This can lead to another room, which ultimately will include the full home.

If you’d like more information on decluttering, I wrote an extensive article you can read here.

The power of 30 second decluttering