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As I mentioned in the previous post, if an area of my house has become really messy for some reason, I tend to avoid it because of the anxiety it brings. Clutter effects my mental health hard and fast! Now, one woman's clutter may be another woman's treasure. My tolerance for clutter is very low. My daughter seems to be OK with wall-to-wall clutter. Fortunately for me, her room is at the end of a hallway so I typically only have to take a deep, cleansing breath before entering a couple of times a day. (Although, if I'm not careful I might catch a peak when I go into the laundry room next door.) My point is, although each person's tolerance for clutter may be different, an excessive clutter can negatively impact our lives.
Benefits of Decluttering
Clutter can cause stress which can contribute to a host of other physical, mental, and emotional ailments. But let's focus on the positive. Here are some of the possible benefits that can come from a clutter free environment.
- Improved Concentration
- Better Sleep
- Increased Energy
- Elevated Mood
- Reduced Allergen Exposure
- Improved Functioning and Creativity
If you are dealing with intolerable levels of clutter, you are probably already feeling overwhelmed. We have some tips to make decluttering a more manageable project.
- Begin with the area that brings you the most stress. Get that out of the way and it will probably be easier to tackle other problem areas.
- Use aromatherapy to help get in the mood. Try diffusing Motivate Encouraging Blend, Balance Grounding Blend, Bergamot, or Wild Orange in the area you are decluttering.
- Start small - really small. Choose a drawer, cupboard, or section of a room. Complete that area and count it as a success. You can always do more immediately or just tackle another small area the next day.
- Set a timer. You would be amazed at how much you can get done in 10 or 15 minutes.
- Listen to something you love. Great music or a favorite podcast really can make even dreaded tasks fly by. (You won't catch me cleaning bathrooms without my headphones on!)
- Don't be afraid to let go. Whether you are holding on to things for sentimental value or in case you might need them someday, give yourself permission to donate or dispose of items. If you struggle with this one, read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It has inspired millions.
- Look for creative ways to make decluttering work for you. Start with 10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home from becomingminimalist.com.
Things To Declutter Now
Finally, a few ideas for spaces (physical and virtual) to start on now. On your mark...get set...DECLUTTER!
- Desk or workspace
- Hard drive
- Home network
- Online storage
- Junk drawer
- Any drawer
- Toy chest
- Medicine cabinet
- Winter coats, gloves, hats, etc
- Music collection - physical or electronic
- Small appliances
- Your schedule
- Filing cabinet
- Kitchen Cabinets
- Bathroom Cabinets
- Make Up
- Hair products
- Linen Closet
- Books (magazines and eBooks too)
- Garage (break it up into smaller areas)
This list could go on and on, but these should get you started and well on your way to a decluttered, peaceful environment.
Do you have a decluttering tip or success story? We would love to hear it!