Written by Helen Bradford
[ctt template=”8″ link=”tp63B” via=”yes” ]Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships & bad habits. Clutter is anything that doesn’t support your better self.[/ctt]
When you start jumping over your things to get out of the room or constantly loose your belongings in your own house, that’s a huge warning sign telling you it’s about time you started decluttering your home.
It’s nothing to be ashamed of, since we’ve all been there at one point. Too much work and always having better things to do are certainly the main suspects for why it has gone this far. If you put in the effort now and just pick up after yourself later, you’ll not only get a clean house but the very process will be relaxing and help you clear your mind.
Let It Be a Cleaning Party
Instead of hiding your mess and being embarrassed, call your best friends to help out.
Even better, make it a cleaning party with music and everything, so you can forget about being uncomfortable because they’ll see your mess and you can have fun together.
De-cluttering is really hard sometimes because it requires that you make decisions about what stays and what goes.
That’s why having your friends around can help you come to the right decision and speed up the process. And besides, having a helping hand is great when you’re moving that heavy sofa or making a new furniture arrangement.
Do It In Phases
Psychologists advise that if you’re about to do something that makes you uneasy or anxious, you should do it in phases.
This means that you should split the chores up and do it bit by bit. Don’t pressure yourself to hurry up or do too much at once because that can have a negative effect on you and impact your willingness.
Each phase you finish will give you a new boost of energy not only to keep going with de-cluttering, but also to feel great about yourself.
Before you start cleaning up though, make a strategy and divide your de-cluttering by rooms or type of cleaning up. This will help you stay focused and concentrated on the task before you.
Create A Garden Out Of Your Outdoor Space
Usually, if you have a yard, the clutter will spread there too. So, in order to stop that from happening again, the best thing you can do is turn that space into a garden.
This means that you’ll have to use some heavy tools like a shovel and rakes, as well as probably some muscle for heavy lifting.
But soon enough your space will be ready for you to take that garden equipment and turn your yard into a beautiful green heaven perfect for enjoying some great weather, relaxing while planting or just breathing in the positive energy from all the beautiful flower smells and freshly mowed grass.
Make The Rules For Getting Rid Of Your Stuff
You’ve probably already heard of the three-year rule which applies to almost everything. It says that if you haven’t used something for three years, from clothes to plates, then it’s time to throw it away, donate it or sell it, but no matter what its fate is, it’s not to stay with you anymore.
You can make up your own rules, for example, to throw away all worn out things or give away everything you can’t get into anymore.
Of course, these rules shouldn’t apply to all your belongings and you are allowed to have exemptions, but only if they’re sensible and reasonable.
Have a Strategy In Place
Nothing is possible without a good plan and strategy when it comes to doing something big and important.
De-cluttering is especially pointless if you just move things from one place to another, since the mess didn’t only start with your being an untidy person, but also because you have too many things.
So use post-its to mark what you’ll keep, donate and throw away, or label boxes or bags for those things.
But whatever you do, don’t start de-cluttering without this so you don’t get confused and lose focus.
Every time you clear something up, like a closet or part of the room, you’ll feel better about yourself and as though some sort of weight has been lifted off your shoulders. That’s how a cluttered home affects our mind and soul. In a way, cleaning up your home will clear your mind, give you that much-needed extra boost of energy and help you keep your living space healthy and clean.