From constantly tripping on an electrical cord, not finding your notebook or simply feeling uninspired to work, the effects of a cluttered space range from mild frustration to finding it outright impossible to work. In fact, clutter, which can cause a rise in the stress hormone cortisol, was found to have a strong link to procrastination in a study published by Current Psychology.

 

If you’re working from home as part of social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19creating a clean, organised environment in your home is especially important in promoting productivity and ultimately, your ability to generate an income.

 

So, where exactly do you start with decluttering your home? Well, with a clear action plan.

 

 

1. MAKE TIME

Whether it’s a day or weekend, or a set time over a week, cleaning your space requires you to dedicate time. This will help keep you accountable and committed to the task at hand.

 

2. TARGET KEY AREAS

Create a list of problem areas in the home. Whether it’s the garage or the spare bedroom, this will help keep you motivated as you tick hotspots off your list.

 

 

3. DONATE

Decluttering your home inevitably means you’ll need to let go of some things. If you find it difficult to throw things away, find a worthy cause you can donate unwanted items to.

 

 

4. USE THIS EXERCISE AS A TEACHABLE MOMENT

By getting the whole family involved, you can teach your kids about the importance of keeping a space clean, teamwork and starting and completing a task.

 

5. CREATE A SYSTEM

Once you’ve decluttered your home, create a system that will prevent you from creating the same untidy or disorganised space, like using a filing system or using designated storage containers.

 

MANAGE HOME AND RCS ACCOUNTS

Don’t forget that you can also manage your accounts using the RCS Self-service platform. Visit the portal here or download the RCS Store Card App (available for download at selected App Stores).