Is your space cluttered and taking a toll on your mental and physical health? A messy space is more than an eyesore – it’s known to increase stress and anxiety. If you want to make positive changes in your life, it’s never too late to start! Take things slow and focus on achieving one step at a time.
Let’s explore the psychological benefits of an uncluttered space and tips for streamlining your life.
Psychological Benefits of Living in a Clutter-Free Home
Your home’s cleanliness and organization is directly tied to your psychological health. When your home is neat and tidy, it’s easier to get things done, make smart spending decisions and even invite people over. With this in mind, here are the benefits you can expect with a neat and orderly home.
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Reduce tension in the home
- Improve concentration
- Boost your mood
- Sleep better at night
- Invite people over
- Encourage self-confidence
Five Simple Tips to Declutter Your Home
Remember, cleaning out your space is a process, not something that happens overnight. Be patient and tackle things in a step-by-step manner. It helps to work with a professional organizer who can create a detailed plan, help you sort through your belongings and find places to donate unwanted items.
Below are five tips to start with.
Set Realistic Goals
Write down the rooms in the home that need decluttering. Prioritize your list with the ones that need the most attention. Plan on doing one room at a time and set an anticipated completion date for each. This will help you stay on track with your goals.
Develop a Consistent Sorting System
As you go through the rooms in your home, you need a sorting system for your clutter. Gather four storage bins and label them with Keep, Toss, Store and Donate. As you go through your stuff, you’ll have designated bins to put things into.
Follow the 80/20 Rule
It can be hard to get rid of things, so consider using the 80/20 rule to help make decisions. For example, we generally wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. Clothes you don’t use regularly can be sold in a garage sale or donated to a secondhand store.
…And the 6-Month Rule
Another rule to follow is the 6-month rule, which means that if you haven’t used something in the past six months, you can probably get rid of it. This won’t work for everything, but it can work for a lot of clutter. Bottom line: If you can live without it, you probably don’t need it.
Acknowledge its Purpose
One of the hardest parts about decluttering is the sentimental value that objects hold. While there are certain items you’ll want to keep, you’ll need to make decisions on others. It helps to look at items objectively. Has it served its purpose? If so, it’s probably time to pass it onto someone else.
Decluttering is a big process, but once your home is in order, you’ll feel happier, confident and in control. Need some help and not sure where to start looking? Contact Julie Paige at 818-577-7548 and she will be happy to help! Julie is a personal concierge that will connect you to the right people and coordinate the entire process.