One of the biggest causes of stress in our lives is clutter. Seeing piles of clothes, unopened junk mail, loads of laundry, a messy desk, and other messy shit really causes most people to feel anxious and overwhelmed (oh hi there, I feel you), sometimes even depressed (me again). It’s hard to achieve a sense of calm when there’s chaos all around, if you can see it, your brain will focus on it. If you cannot see it, you’ll be thinking about it. Tricksy.
That’s why it’s crucial to corral the clutter in your life. Taking steps to get control of the disorder is the start of creating calm. Let’s dive into that a bit.
Clutter and Stress
Each person’s definition of clutter is different. We all have our comfort level when it comes to the amount of stuff we want to have around us and to enter our lives.
When you start finding yourself not being able to focus, or you know that everything is piling up you have a problem that needs to be addressed. (AKA clean up time).
Benefits of Clutter Control
There are loads of good things that come from controlling the mess in your world. You’ll likely feel an increased sense of energy because you’ll spend less time looking for things you’ve misplaced and will no longer feel as overwhelmed emotionally by your crap being everywhere. This can lead to higher productivity and getting more done.
Taking action in this one aspect of your life can have a tremendous impact on other areas. Finally, you’ll be much closer to achieving the calm you seek once you start to pare things down.
How to Get Started
The hardest part of ridding your life of clutter is getting started. This is especially true if you’ve kinda gotten used to your messy ass self. The good news is that this problem is relatively easy to tackle once you overcome your initial resistance.
The best place to start is the one that is causing you the most stress. For example, if coming home to your messy living room makes the idea of relaxing impossible; begin to clear things out in that room. Having a place to unwind at the end of the day might just be the catalyst you need to motivate you toward clearing out other cluttered areas.
It’s also a good idea to enlist help to make the process more manageable and less overwhelming. Have your family or roommate pitch in or consider hiring a professional organiser if you live alone.
Chuck It In The Bin
If you don’t love it, want it or it’s a busted piece of shit then get rid of it. We keep so much junk in cupboards and drawers that we don’t even need. Go Marie Kondo on your house and start throwing things out, donating them and selling them. Goodbye mfs.