While some people can thrive in a creative mess, most of us are often distracted by a cluttered environment. When we feel stressed and overwhelmed, even the smallest of things, like not being able to find the socks we want to wear, can push us over the edge. So, in order to minimize the number of unnecessary things in your home, here are some tips on how you can deal with clutter, which will also have a great effect on your mental health.
Why do we keep clutter?
There are many different reasons why we hang on to various things. Most items in our house have a special meaning as they were given to us by a dear person or are reminders of a great moment. We are also afraid to throw things out because of fear. What if we regret getting rid of a certain item? Moreover, we keep some purchases because we don’t want to feel like we wasted money on them. Sometimes, disposing of certain possessions can look like we are giving up on a goal. Does getting rid of your stationary bike mean that you are admitting defeat when it comes to getting fit? No, it just means that you will implement some other strategies.
How can clutter affect us?
Being surrounded by clutter constantly reminds us that our work is never done. It can trick us into thinking that we are lazy which then leads to feeling ill and guilty. If you work from home, this can be especially challenging. It makes you lose time and things; it frustrates you because it affects your concentration; it keeps drawing your attention away from the important tasks. Studies have shown that physical clutter impairs your ability to think creatively and it overloads your senses. All of this leaves you tired, anxious and overwhelmed.
Come up with a plan
When you feel overwhelmed with all the clutter, it can be very hard to start getting rid of it. That is why you need to formulate a plan and stick to it. If possible, ask a friend to help you; they can often be a voice of reason. The key thing is not to push yourself. This task is very demanding, so limit yourself to three hours a day.
Decide what you actually need
Another thing to keep in mind is that you should divide your possessions into a few piles, one that you will keep, one for things that should go, and a pile for items you are not yet sure about. When it comes to the things that should go, you can either sell or donate them. Giving to charity can also make you feel much better. As for the things you don’t need at the moment, but are valuable to you, you can put them into a storage unit. If you live in the Sydney area, you can easily find specialists for furniture removals in Northern Beaches who will make sure all your possessions are transported safely.
Get rid of clutter room by room
It is best to approach this endeavor one room at a time. Determine which part of your house gives you the most trouble and start there. Here are the basics of decluttering certain areas.
The kitchen is probably the messiest room in every household. The important thing is to not let the dishes pile up. Try to wash everything after every meal, and tell your kids and partner to do the same. This should not be just your responsibility. If you have a dishwasher, even better. Then, make sure everything has its place and is labeled. That will make cooking much easier as you will know exactly where to look for what you need. Additionally, regularly check expiration dates and purge the items that are no longer good.
For the bathroom, you can get some hanging organizers and baskets which will keep everything in its place. Go through your products and get rid of everything you don’t use. Moreover, make sure you keep your medicine cabinet well-organized.
A tidy bedroom is crucial for a good night’s sleep which is, in turn, vital for our mental health. So, make your bed every morning, even when you just can’t be bothered. Don’t let your clothes pile up on chairs; put everything that is clean into the closet and everything that is dirty into the hamper. Implement some smart storage solutions, like high shelves, for the things you don’t use often. Moreover, go through your closet and divide your clothes into the previously mentioned piles. When it comes to the still-unsure-about pile, ask yourself whether the garment still fits you, have you worn it recently, would you buy it if you saw it today etc.
Dispose of all old or broken supplies. All documents which you have in digital format or no longer need should go as well. Then, create a system for keeping everything organized.
Clean out other things as well
Other things you can also declutter include your schedule (don’t spread yourself too thin; learn to say no), your phone and computer (delete all unnecessary apps, files and notes) as well as your diet (opt for clean organic ingredients instead of unhealthy foods).
Yes, clutter can be overwhelming but if we take it a step at a time, we can transform our life completely.
This guest post was graciously provided by Jessie Hogarth. Jessie is a passionate blogger and home designer. She loves writing about tips and tricks that make every home a better place, inside and outside. Besides this, she loves sports, outdoor activities, planning parties and spending time with her close ones.