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Less stress by having less mess

Posted by Bonnie Walke

Feb 19, 2015 8:41:00 AM

460589747 resized 600Are you feeling stressed? Take a look at your surroundings. Is the space open, engaging, and welcoming? Is it cluttered and messy with no peaceful place to rest your eyes? Clutter can suck the energy right out of you. It can also affect your ability to focus. Did you know that clearing clutter can be a significant stress reliever and an energy booster?

When you have too much stuff, you can feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of taking care of so many things. You can even feel claustrophobic and it can feel like your life has become controlled by your many possessions.

Getting organized and ridding yourself of things that you no longer value is a great way to start fresh. Sorting out your junk will eventually result in feeling lighter and having more energy. Every time you walk past a messy desk, untidy basement, overflowing closet, or a broken item, you feel the need to clean, organize, and fix what’s broken. The next thought is usually that you don’t have the time or resources to do what’s needed and then you stress out. Each time this happens you think these thoughts and your energy level decreases.

Start small. Don’t take on your entire house or garage all at once. One shelf, one drawer, or one counter top is enough to start. Do not pull out more than you can put away in one hour. If you become overwhelmed, you may abandon the job and go shopping for more stuff!

Start with three simple categories

  • Throw away
  • Give away
  • Put away

As you approach an item, ask yourself these questions

  • Do I love this?
  • Have I used this within the last year?
  • Do I have another one that is better?
  • Does it have sentimental value?
  • Do I feel guilty or sad when I see this item?

Only surround yourself with things that you love. This may mean getting rid of furniture, household accessories, or clothing that is in great shape. Items that remind you of unpleasant thoughts, negative experiences, or negative people need to go! When you look around your house, it should make you smile and give you a peaceful feeling.

Topics: Individuals & Families, health & wellness