Cluttered, chaotic spaces can have a negative impact on the brain. They can affect the way we feel about our home and workplace and also about ourselves. The correlation between stress and mess isn’t always an obvious one. However, according to Psychology Today, a disorganised environment can overwhelm your brain with excessive stimuli. As a result, it can affect elements of your wellbeing. We’ve got 5 tips on how to declutter your way to good health!
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Anxiety and clutter can go hand in hand. When all you see is mess it’s easy to feel stressed and irritable. The task of decluttering can feel so overwhelming that the thought of tackling it can create anxiety.
Tip One – Start small
Lets face it, life is busy. Like the saying goes: Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither will your house be transformed overnight. So, break it down into manageable decluttering tasks and make a list of daily jobs. Maybe sort out your paperwork one day and work on your wardrobe the next. Get your family to join in too by setting expectations for your children. Make jobs like tidying up their toys at the end of the day or making their beds, in the morning, part of their expected routine. Bit by bit, you will see positive changes and the fact that you’re actually taking control will make you feel better.
Improve your sleep
Clutter sends messages to our brain, telling us that our work is never done. This makes it hard to relax, both mentally and physically.
Tip two – Remove any work related items from your bedroom.
This can be anything from a laptop to a pile of clothes that needs ironing. By keeping your bedroom clear from reminders of what you need to do, your brain will associate your bedroom with rest. This will make it easier to unwind and improve the quality of your sleep.
Boost productivity & creativity
When clutter distracts your brain, it becomes harder to concentrate on a task in hand. This can lead to a lack of focus which slows down completion of the job you’re trying to do. If an idea inspires you and you’re driven to create, it’s good not to need to clear the decks first.
Tip three – Start and end your day with a clear desk
Before starting work for the day, make sure your desk is clear. When you’re surrounded with clutter, it’s hard to find things and when all you see in your periphery is mess, it can be distracting too. Ideally, clear your desk at the end of the day so that you can start afresh in the morning.
Free up your time
Whether it’s lost keys or an important document buried in a pile of paperwork, it’s always harder to find something when you’re searching through clutter. This takes up time, but not only that, it can be stressful too.
Tip four – Designate space for specific objects
As the saying goes: a place for everything and everything in its place. A simple key holder, filing cabinet or drawer can be the solution to making things easy to find. Get in the habit of putting objects there as soon as you’re finished with them. Keys on the hook, bills in the filing cabinet or newspapers in the recycling bin. Try to keep stuff out of sight. Even organised objects on shelves can be distracting and detract from the feeling of space.
Reduce financial worries
Living in a disorganised home can make you less aware of what you bring into it. It’s easier to make impulse purchases when you’re not mindful about where they are going to go or be stored in the house. This can lead to unnecessary spending. Once your house is tidy and rid of clutter, it’s easier to be mindful of what you buy. It’s also easier to question where you will put things. If you’re enjoying your newly found feeling of space, the thought of adding extra clutter might deter you from buying something you don’t need.
Tip five – Make a list before you go shopping
Making a list of what you need and sticking to it can help you take control of your spending. If you see something that you like, it’s always good to ask yourself the following questions:
Do I really need this?
Do I really want this?
How often will I use it?
Can I rent or borrow this instead?
Clearing out your clutter is one thing. Keeping your home uncluttered is another. It takes practice and persistence. Old habits can be hard to break but creating new ones are worth it in the long run. Stay on top of the paperwork, help your children take responsibility for the state of their bedrooms. Hang your keys up and throw away the junk mail each time it comes through your door. Lots of small changes in behaviour can have a huge impact on the state of your home and in turn a positive result on your health.
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