Why does decluttering your home also declutters your mind?
Do you feel like life is a chaotic mess and a stream of clutter slowly affecting your mental peace? If your answer is yes, it means that your mind is anxiously waving a red flag, begging you to clear up the clutter. Minimalism is growing at a fast pace, and people are getting more decluttered. Think about the last thing you bought, was it needed or did you convince yourself it was necessary for your daily living? One of the effective marketing formulas of brands is to create a ‘sense of need’ amongst customers. This can in return lead to obsessive hoarding disorders and overwhelming stress if not managed correctly.
Here’s how clutter surrounds you with stress and anxiety:
- Clutter creates a sense of working overtime on things that aren’t necessary.
- Clutter makes you unable to focus on things that deserve your undivided attention.
- Clutter makes you unable to relax, both physically and mentally.
- Clutter signals your brain that your work in never done, which causes more stress.
- Clutter causes anxiety because you’re never sure if or when you will get free from the mess.
- Clutter makes you feel embarrassed and guilty, especially when guests unexpectedly show up at your house.
- Clutter constrains creativity and productivity by removing the spaces that would otherwise foster thinking, brainstorming, and problem-solving.
A messy space is not only bad for eyes but also harsh on the mind. Decluttering your home can help you get rid of anxiety and stress. Here are five easy steps which can help you declutter your living space:
- Learn to let go – Let go of all the negative thoughts and emotions that contribute to your anxiety and stress.
- Set priorities –Take charge of your life by prioritizing. Make a list of necessary things.
- Keep a journal – You can manage your anxiety and cope up with stress by writing a daily journal.
- Avoid multitasking – Multitasking makes you deal with a lot of stuff at the same time, and it can become extremely stressful for your mind.
- Be decisive – Make decisions by clearing up your space.
Here are a few tips on how you can declutter your living space:
- Bathroom – Get rid of the old toiletries, dried up nail polish, worn-out bath mats, old air freshener, and old makeup.
- Living Room – Let go off old newspapers, DVD’s, kid’s toys, unused batteries, and furniture manuals.
- Bedroom and Wardrobe -Throw out worn-out sheets and beddings, old scarves, old clothes, un-used or defective hangers, and worn out stockings.
- Kitchen – Get rid of duplicate cooking utensils, extra or un-used coffee mugs, old spices, old shopping bags, and magnets.
Remember to find sustainable, ecological methods of getting rid of your stuff. Donate unwanted items instead of leaving them in a landfill.