This is the greater part of an email I just sent to a client who is completely overwhelmed, not just with stuff, but with her schedule. I thought it might be good to share it with other folks.
“I think the best thing for you would be to simplify, simplify, simplify.
Schedule the critical stuff first and then seeing what you have time for after that. Like, for each day, “sleep: 8 hrs”… “showering, 30 mins.”…”commute: X hours” … etc. Don’t wait to buy a planner or calendar; any piece of paper will do. (I’m sure you’ve got some around. *grin*) You can create a master schedule and fill in the empty space as needed. (leave some free though, enough to keep you sane)
Get rid of more stuff – ditch it as you go; no need to set aside time. Maybe make a big sign saying “DITCH STUFF” or something like that to remind you.
Stop doing unnecessary things for other people, really, even little things. No one will mind if you sell those books or bring them to Goodwill instead of giving the books to them as gifts. They would rather see you happy and your home usable.
Even getting rid of clothes – when you try something on and it doesn’t fit, or you don’t like it much – will help keep your bedroom clutter down. Keep a box in the bedroom and just throw the unwanted clothes into it as you go.
Rather than neglecting things that really need doing, stop doing things that don’t. For instance, one of my clients uses a food delivery service: they deliver all your meals, including snacks, for a whole week, and their price is reasonable – I think it’s called “Food From the Heart”. No need to go shopping or to cook.
I also recommend exercising and/or breath-counting meditation.You need body and brain to be healthy and unstressed (or -less- stressed, anyway; let’s be realistic).”
I hope these ideas are helpful to you!