Clutter is something that can play a big role in the way that we feel about our own homes, the places that we work, and even ourselves. It’s something that can leave us feeling extremely overwhelmed, as well as give us all sorts of other uncomfortable feelings. However, clutter is barely recognized as a reliable source of some of the stress that we experience every single day.
Why Do Messes Lead to Stress?
Here are some reason as to why clutter can always lead to so much stress:
*It prevents us from focusing on the things that are the most important.
*We aren’t able to relax as much as we would normally like to.
*We always receive constant reminders that our work is never finished.
*We become anxious due to the fact that we aren’t sure how long cleaning up a mess will actually take.
*The mess creates embarrassment and guilt for us whenever someone unexpectedly comes over.
*We aren’t able to quickly find the things that we need.
Thankfully, there are many different ways that we can counteract the type of stress that clutter creates. Consider making note of the following.
Firstly, consider cleaning up messes in your home as a family. This means that if there is clutter all over your entire home, never try to tackle everything on your own. Instead, involve your entire family by starting with one room that is used by everyone, putting each person in charge of cleaning one specific section of the space. On the other hand, if you will be cleaning on your own, simply begin with one area and make sure that it’s totally clean before moving on to another.
You can also come up with specific spaces for items that are frequently used, which will make everything much easier for you to locate in the future. Ensure that these spaces are either cabinets or drawers rather than your desk or open shelves.
Don’t keep things that you no longer need. If possible, throw it away, recycle it, or donate it. If it’s something that you only rarely use, simply store it in a box and keep it in your garage or in a closet, as well as put a date on the box itself. If you find that you haven’t opened that box in a year, that’s a sign that the item may be something that you do not need.
Remember that whenever you take something out of it’s normal space to use, be sure to put it back once you’re finished.
Take the time to create a pending folder, which is designed to help you with clearing off your work space while also giving you a folder to easily access all of your projects that are pending completion.
Never let any papers pile up! This is something that can become your worst enemy in terms of clutter. Always be mindful of not only what you bring into your home, but what others bring into your home as well. Go through your papers as soon as possible, taking the time to simply toss out what you don’t need.
Clear away clutter from your main work space before you walk away from it. This will not only provide you with a sense of closure, but it will also make you feel good when you come back to a space that is both clean and organized.
Finally, make a cleaning task fun by putting on some of your favorite music while you walk around and get the job done. This will also make the time pass much more quickly and you’ll likely work a lot faster as well.
It’s also worth noting that mental clutter can be equally as stressful as all of the physical stuff, sometimes even more so. Perhaps the most useful and basic tip to make note of in terms of this is to focus on one thing at a time without worrying about distractions such as your cell phone, email, etc. You will be able to accomplish so much more when you don’t allow anything else to snag your attention, and you’ll feel so much better once the job has been completed.
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