What is your clutter really doing to you? According to psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter, messy spaces and clutter can have some nasty effects on a person’s well-being. For one, it can cause anxiety. When the mind is constantly distracted and over-stimulated, it can be both physically and mentally difficult to relax. Believe it or not, avoiding that pile of clothes or papers can also cause you feelings of guilt, frustration and even embarrassment. Who knew an overflowing countertop or messy living room could do all that!
So, what’s the solution when you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips to get you started.
- What needs the most attention? When you look around your home or space, where is the first area or items that jump out to you?
- Focus and head straight for it. Give yourself 10-15 minutes to work on that space and don’t stop. Even a small amount of progress can be satisfying and help with momentum!
- Have a mountain to conquer? Ask for help. If you can, get the kids, spouse or your significant other involved. Round up the troops and give them specific tasks to do.
- Overcome the urge to “hang on” to things. If you haven’t read the stack of magazines that have been sitting there for 6 months, toss them!
- When you have difficulty throwing items out, opt to donate or pass them along. Create a donate bag or bin and give your self a set timeframe for the items to be delivered or picked up. If they are still in your home after one week practice some tough-love and get rid of them.
Experts agree that freeing yourself and your space of unnecessary items can lower stress levels and give you a calmer sense of well-being! And don’t worry, once you are finally able to relax and put your feet up, you can always download that favorite magazine!