For years, scientific researchers have studied and revealed that a cluttered home can cause a cluttered mind. It should come as no surprise that clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces and ourselves. Clutter is not simply our possessions, but also how organized those possessions are. It is possible to have a lot of stuff but no clutter, but the opposite is also very true.
Studies have shown that people who collect large amounts of stuff, be it books, clothes or knick knacks – is typically due to negative emotional concerns or events that have occurred in their lives. Many times these intense negative feelings result in the inability to let go of stuff. It may not be an extreme case of hoarding, but not being able to let go of possessions can leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed, yet we rarely realize that it’s the clutter that is the source of the stress in our lives.
Fortunately, clutter is one of the easiest life stressors to fix. Here are a few sure fire tips to tackle de-cluttering your home:
- Tackle the decluttering of the home as a family. Tackling the job alone is isolating and can be overwhelming too. Get the whole family involved by starting with a room everyone uses and making each person responsible for a section. If you’re on your own, start with one area at a time and finish de-cluttering that area before moving on to another.
- Have designated areas for items that you use all the time. This way you can find them quickly and easily when you need them. The key is to make these spaces “closed” spaces…like a drawer or cupboard so it doesn’t create another cluttered area in your home.
- If you don’t use it, or don’t need it, get rid of it. You can toss it, recycle it, or donate it (one person’s trash is another person’s treasure), but don’t keep it. If you use it, but only rarely, store it in a box in the garage to leave easy-access space for things you use more often.
Your home is your sanctuary, and it should reflect a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Having a cluttered home indirectly creates clutter and disorganization in other parts of your life and mental clutter can sometimes be more stressful than physical clutter. Taking the time to organize your home will help clear your thoughts and allow you to create more space in your home that you can enjoy. Overall, your home should be an escape from the stresses of everyday life, so get organized and create the beautiful, healthy home you deserve!