Declutter your belongings
'Less is more' - you probably already heard this sentence a million times. I know that advertisements make us believe that we need more things to be happy. However, I think the opposite is often true. The fewer material possessions you own, the more relaxed you can organize your space and maintain it. And having fewer things to organize will give you more time to spend with family and friends and to experience true happiness.
The rule of thumb is: 'If you have more space available, you can keep more things.'
I will give you a practical example on which steps you can take right away:
I love to read and for that reason used to have a whole wall of bookshelves. However, when we moved from a 3-bedroom apartment in Queens into a studio apartment in Manhattan (so we would have a shorter commute to work), I changed my perspective on how many books I need to own. I went through my whole library and made decisions about what to keep and what to donate to the library. Then I decided on a specific space and on how many books I wanted to keep. It can be a whole shelf or maybe a drawer or even a smaller box - depending on your available space. There is no right or wrong. It depends on your priorities. And you can still read a ton of books. Just borrow some from your closest library or buy more e-books.
Find at least one book you don’t need anymore and donate it the next time you are leaving the house.