Welcome to number 3 of 30, and if you haven’t read the ones before this, they are saying stop being a messy shitbag. Tidy up.
Clutter can come in many forms. For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to break it down into two main types; physical and mental. Each has a massive impact on your stress levels. They both are likely to play a role in keeping you from creating that calm that you are seeking. Both ways can mess with your zen.
Physical clutter is easy to understand. This is the kind of mess you can see. It’s the piles of clothing, papers, dishes, and more that are strewn around your home or office. It’s the overabundance of things you’ve been holding onto for years because they’re sentimental or you might use them one day (like I said previously, we hold on to things we don’t need). Physical clutter can even be the many tabs you keep open on your browser (slows you and your computer down). These things can be seen. They take up brain space and bother you – even if you don’t notice.
Mental clutter isn’t as simple to define. It involves the overload of information, along with nagging emotional issues, that overwhelm your mind. It can be the ‘mental load’ too.
This type of internal congestion can consist of things such as your never-ending to-do list, negative internal dialogue, relationship demands, old grudges, or habits that don’t serve you. The source of such mess usually lies in emotions like fear, regret, worry, guilt, or shame. It is harder to deal with brain mess. Depending on the severity, this is going to take time to work through. And that is cool, it is more important that you work on it over time than squash everything down.
Effects of Clutter
Ridding yourself of clutter, both physical and mental, can genuinely increase your feelings of happiness and calm. It can lead to less stress and overall greater well-being. The adverse effects of too much clutter are astounding. Studies show that mental hygiene is improved when clutter is kept under control, both in the home and in the workplace/your office.
It is important to remember though, that you don’t have to do everything at once. Adding pressure is kinda the opposite of what you are working towards. Slow and steady. And a final note is that if you live with other people it isn’t your job alone to keep it tidy – even if it feels like it. Call in extra hands.