Clutter can cause stress and can have an impact on how we feel about our homes, our jobs and even ourselves. Cluttered homes and work spaces can leave us feeling helpless, overwhelmed and anxious. Despite that, clutter is rarely seen as a source of stress in our hectic lives. So, you might be asking yourself why you are always feeling overwhelmed or seem to be constantly stressed. And what can you do about it?
Studies have shown that clutter can impact an individual physically as well as mentally. Clutter floods our minds with incitements which cause our senses to overwork themselves. Clutter also distracts us and strays us from our priorities as well as sends signals to our brain that our work is never finished.
Having clutter causes anxiety and creates feelings of guilt and shame, especially when we receive unexpected guests. A cluttered home or work space can prevent inspiration and creativity by invading the space that allows people to think, grow and solve.
That said, much like other sources of stress, clutter too can be conquered and here are a few suggestions:
If you are in a household with family members, a great way to tackle daily stresses is by getting the whole family involved in removing the unwanted and excess junk. Room by room. The less things you have, the less you have to worry about. It's that simple.
Create spaces and labels for items that are frequently used . This will make things easier to find, save time and maintain order.
Mental clutter can be just as unbearable as physical clutter, if not more. One of the most useful tips for clearing your mind is gratitude. Being thankful of the now or present for every area of your life and not worrying about what is to come. This mental state helps you to focus on one thing at a time. Your mind is your best asset, so don’t clutter it.
Keep your focus on one project without distractions such as cell phones, emails, or any other electronic device. You will be surprised how much you can accomplish.
Always remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.