How clutter affects you and what to do about it
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Creating a healthy, energetic home or office depends on care. Keeping your home or office clutter-free and clutter-free is a lot easier than keeping track of papers, throwing out old magazines, or otherwise disposing of the things you no longer need, want, or use.
Because of this, many people don’t bother with this type of routine maintenance, and that’s decluttering: just another part of regular home maintenance.
It’s easy to close the closet door or close a cluttered drawer, but you know it’s there, and every time you open that drawer or door, that clutter awaits. Just knowing it’s there and not going away can be a source of stress.
That’s why regular cleaning – and decluttering – is so important.
How did that happen? Only You Know
Is it a habit to drop clothes in one spot? Maybe it’s an addiction to paper or it’s the clothes you can’t part with because you know you’re going to lose those extra 10 pounds eventually.
It could be that you don’t take the time to look at all these things regularly and turn a blind eye to the chaos and clutter that you know is there.
YOU ARE THE EXPERT in your own chaos.
Give yourself permission to forget the reason why it happened this way and instead make regular appointments to let go of your excess.
Let’s go over some basics about dirty, cluttered houses versus clean and organised houses…
What does a messy, cluttered home do to you?
It makes you tired.
A cluttered home is a visual and psychological burden. All that stuff makes you tired. One of the most tired people I know is a collector. Antiques are their specialty. Everything is collectible. But that doesn’t mean she has to collect it. This client is slowly letting go of her passion for collecting and her energy is coming back.
It makes you hopeless.
Simply put, too much stuff is overwhelming and you can’t handle it all, so throw your psychological hands up in the air in frustration. That leads to this hopeless, it’s all inevitable, why bother? Feeling.
It robs you of money.
Have you ever noticed the houses of the mega rich? You are a study in restraint. They notice their homes because their stuff isn’t everywhere.
Again and again, the environment of people struggling to survive is often full of disorder and chaos. Keeping that massive baseball cap collection in check is important. Be mindful of your possessions, like collectibles that have taken over the house or if you just have too much stuff. Get rid of all but the most important things.
You can do it!
How does clutter harm you?
It makes you feel out of control in your life. That’s because the stuff is in control and you are not.
Get in the driver’s seat of your life and take control of all these things by donating, throwing away or organising. There are more organisers these days to help you find a place for almost everything in your home.