Some say there is a correlation between de-cluttering and mental health. This is about more than just ridding yourself of stuff. It’s about feeling good— and can be the key to clarity, efficiency, even empowerment. If your physical space is something of a metaphor for your headspace, think of de-cluttering as a pathway to a clearer mind (and closet).
Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally. A disorganized space signals to our brain that our work is never done. Most critically, disorganisation can leave people feeling depressed, overwhelmed, anxious, even paralysed. When you look at clutter objectively and examine the negatives of a cluttered home set against the positives of a streamlined and functional space, it is clear that taking even small steps to tame clutter can have a big impact.
Negative effects of clutter
Distraction – Physical clutter bombards our brains with excessive stimulation.
Relationship Strain – Think of the dining room table covered in projects or littered with toys. I’ve worked with couples who were on the brink of divorce because the state of their physical surroundings triggered so much tension, hostility, and resentment.
Decreased Productivity – Calculate the amount of time you spend looking for your credit cards, umbrellas, or car keys or how much time you’ve spent replacing everyday items that have gone missing. In addition to being a financial drain and time suck, searching for misplaced items makes you late. Taking the time to streamline your space and organize your life is practicing a very important form of self-care.
Immediate benefits of de-cluttering:
Efficiency – Rather than frantically searching for things, you can spend that time working toward a goal, relaxing with friends, or curled up with your favorite book. Being organized is the quickest shortcut I know to saving you time, energy, and money.
Clarity and Control – Imagine if everything in your home served a purpose and had a clearly designated home.
Tranquility – Organisation equals calm. There’s a reason we leave our home to relax at a hotel on holiday. These streamlined spaces give us a visual cue that it’s time to relax. Why not create the same feeling and aesthetic in our homes?
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Actionable things you can do right now:
Start Small – Most people try to
Find a Place for Everything – Consider the items you frequently lose or misplace. Assign each of these items a designated home. This can be putting a small bowl by the front door for keys or a basket in your office to keep bills and mail.
Plan Ahead – Take care of your tomorrow self by prepping a day in advance. Consult your calendar so you can select your outfit ahead of time, prep meals, confirm appointments, and stock your bag with your necessities (e.g., water, healthy snacks etc.).
The truth is, you don’t have to be an “
organisedperson” to practice the disciplines of organisationand de-cluttering. In a world where we often have little to no control, offers us an opportunity to create order and tranquility in our homes and our lives. All you need to do is start. organisation