This week I thought I'd write a post about how to make your home an organized calming oasis by eliminating clutter effectively and efficiently. Decluttering your home can have immediate mental health benefits including:
1. Boosting concentration. Getting rid of excessive distractions in your home will help you focus better on the task at hand.
2. Improving sleep quality. Having piles of clothing, papers, or clutter in your bedroom only reminds you of endless tasks that have yet to be completed. Not exactly the ideal atmosphere to relax and unwind at the end of the day!
3. Increasing feelings of happiness. While disorganization can increase feelings of stress or frustration, organization has the opposite affect. Looking at a space that you recently reorganized can leave you feeling happy and satisfied.
4. Moving forward. We all hang onto things from the past - may it be childhood memories or even tokens from past relationships. As much as we may cherish certain objects, are some triggering painful memories? By getting rid of them, it can facilitate healing and personal growth.
The thought of de-cluttering your entire home can be really a really overwhelming and exhausting process, but it doesn't have to be. Experts suggest starting with just a quick 5 minute cleanup. Try setting a timer and just knocking out as much as you can in those time limits. It's actually really amazing how much progress you can make in a short period of time. By limiting yourself to such a short time frame, you are eliminating the chances of getting distracted OR getting overwhelmed.
One great tip is to create 4 boxes in the house, and place them where you notice most of the clutter is happening. One box is for keep, one for toss, one for donate and the other is a maybe box. Instead of having to devote all this time to cleaning up AND finding the immediate home for the item, you can just quickly and efficiently sort through the clutter. Closets can be a great challenge to clean out. Try flipping all your hangers backwards and place them back on the right side only after they've been worn. At the end of six months, look and see what you've actually worn and what you can throw away.
By removing all this excess in your home, you are creating a space of relaxation and order. When you walk into a room thats organized and neat, your brain doesn't go into sensory overload and this allows your mind to stay calm. Give it a try, its easier than you think!
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