This post is contributed by Efinancial, our life insurance partner.

John Wesley was on to something when said, “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Though the idiom can be adapted to “cleanliness is next to goodliness,” because, well, organizing your life feels really, really good.

Summer’s the season for cleaning — not just your home or your work desk, but all areas of your life. Clutter, both the physical and emotional kind, begets stress. With a de-cluttered life, you can reduce the panic and focus on the things that really matter to you. You just have to get some of the un-fun stuff out of the way first. Here are 4 simple ways to get started.

1. Declutter your home

We get it — cleaning the house can be anxiety inducing. But it doesn’t have to be. Instead of cleaning the entire place to spotless perfection, focus instead on 2 high-traffic areas, like the kitchen and your closet.

Starting in the kitchen, give the counters and range a good scrubbing. It can be a nice walk down Meal Memory Lane as you chisel away at that dried alfredo sauce you attempted, hoping to impress your dinner guests. Pull everything out of your refrigerator and toss anything past the expiration date (like last month’s leftovers). Wipe down the shelves with a damp sponge and restock your basics, putting everything back in its proper place.

Then head to your closet. Avoid all sentimental feelings and purge anything you haven’t worn in a year. Donate the things in decent condition, and if you must, stuff those old concert T-shirts you hold so dear in a vacuum-sealed bag out of sight. As for the rest of your place, just make a personal goal to vacuum once a week. Think of it as immediate gratification — you’ll love it!

2. Pre-plan your social life

It’s still early summer, but summer comes in hot. Street fests, beach days, road trips … summertime always feels like it’s over before your base tan sets in.

Start booking your fun in the sun now. Get those rooftop BBQs and plans for music festivals locked in and request the time off from work. Planning your summer in the summer alleviates the time crunch and gives you something to look forward to. With your summer social life in place, you’ll have more time to sit poolside and finish that book you’ve been reading for 3 summers straight.

3. Freshen up your career path

If you’re aiming for a promotion, now’s the time to shine (like your kitchen counters) because mid-year evaluations often occur in June and July. And if you’re more interested in jumping ship, mid-summer months can still be prime hiring time for many companies. With your career goals clear in your mind, you might just realize you’re in more control than you thought.

4. Organize your finances

So you got through tax season. Stressful, wasn’t it? You now have a whole year to be better prepared for the next one … and to spend better all around. Though we’re not here to give you a lesson on budgeting, we can tell you that if you carve out a day to come up with a new budget for spending, saving, and investing, the rest of your personal fiscal year will seem way less, um, taxing.

Sorting out your future

Organizing the main aspects of your life can seem overwhelming, but it’s an illusion. Start small and keep it simple. And the sooner you begin, the easier it is. Kind of like life insurance.

Buying life insurance seems like a big deal. After all, it’s your life we’re talking about. But like wiping down your counters or straightening out your finances, checking it off your list now means you can breathe a sigh of relief sooner. Take a few minutes and get a quote for life insurance today or make sure that your existing coverage still fits your needs.

Ahh … now doesn’t that feel great?!

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