For the past two weeks I have been in the throes of spring cleaning, not as a planned undertaking, but it just happened to coincide with the beginning of the new season. My bedroom needed to be more organized as I was feeling swamped and decided the room needed a full-blown makeover! I bought new furniture, lamps, bedding, shelves, floor mats… the works! When it was all said and done, I had re-arranged and organized the room, cleared out my closet and donated tons of clothes and artifacts.
Giving my bedroom a refresh actually helped me sleep better (on my new sheets)! Physicians have long suggested that our environment not only affect how fast we fall asleep but also how soundly we sleep.
Clutter can take on many forms. There is the clutter from hoarding and not being organized, but there is also emotional clutter from relationships, all of which creates stress and a chaotic mind. Why is it important to de-clutter your life? A clutter-free life:
1. Improves your ability to focus
2. Boosts your mental and physical health
3. Helps you sleep better (I can attest to this)
4. Improves your productivity and creativity
5. Improves your mood
De-clutter is a means of re-charging your life. Here are some steps you can take to restore order and harmony into your life by clearing the cutter:
1. Make your home and car a sanctuary for peace and tranquility by picking up “stuff” you may have piled on the floor, stuffed in the trunk of your car or stashed in a corner.
2. A clean desk communicates professionalism and reduces stress. Keeping your work space tidy helps you to focus and facilitates creativity.
3. Relationships can be challenging because you cannot always abandon the situation or control the other person’s words and actions. The key here is to clear any unnecessary emotional clutter by responding to difficult people in a manner that doesn’t make matters worst. For example, instead of saying “I won’t do that” use the phase, “I would prefer to”.
4. Stop hoarding all that clutter in your closet, that junk in and around the house. Set aside a day to go through it. Get the entire family involved in the process so that you’re not overwhelmed. Donate to a charity or schedule a garage/yard sale if you need the money.
The psychological impact of clutter causes a loop reaction. We build our clutter around some psychological component like an impulse, memory, fear, guilt, hope or sentiment. The clutter then results in negative psychological effects.
You can break the cycle. Never give up on becoming the best version of yourself because you deserve lasting peace and clarity.