3. Get organized
Being organized isn’t just trendy. It’s good for your health. Clutter can derail your focus and foster stress. The root of disorganization comes from having too much stuff. You don’t have to go completely minimalistic. But look around: how much do you use or wear on a regular basis?
- The big pitch — Set aside time to go through clothes, toys, decor, knickknacks, kitchenware, tools and cabinets. Room by room, sort items into four piles: keep, donate pitch or store. Then follow through.
- The big questions — When you’re tempted to buy new things, ask yourself:
- Do you really need it?
- What will you get rid of to make space for this?
- The daily sweep — Clear your mind each day by setting aside a little time to clear your space. A couple of 15-minute cleaning spurts go a long way to keeping things tidy.
- Clean off your desktop (virtual and physical).
- Scan the clutter “hot spots” where mail, paperwork and other items tend to pile up.
- Jot a to-do list and tackle the quickest chores first.
- The sound financial habits — It’s easier to lower stress and get your finances organized when you have healthy financial habits.
Learn more about the cost of clutter and how to stay on top of it.
4. Be grateful
Of course, this is the season to give thanks. Do you have a year-round gratitude practice? Grateful people tend to feel better physically and emotionally, sleep better, have higher self-esteem, have lasting friendships and more mental resilience.
How do you develop a gratitude habit? Some people keep a daily journal or toss notes into a jar. Here are 11 more creative ideas to get your grateful vibes flowing.
Cinfed is open and ready to help
If you’re stressed about financial issues, you can schedule an appointment at a local Cinfed branch; we’re open and ready to help. Of course, you can use our drive thrus, ATMs/ITMs, online banking, mobile app and mobile deposit from the safety of your home or car. Here’s what to expect if you visit in person.