Do you have a bowl, a room, a cupboard or a house that is cluttered? The change of seasons is always a good time to get stuck into one of these areas to feel a fresh start and gain control. It is said “a cluttered space adds to a cluttered mind.” This is so true- and I suppose it all depends on what sort of person you are as to how it affects you, but I know, after having a De-clutter session today, that I feel a lot more clear headed and less stressed without clutter.
I have been shutting the door to our spare bedroom for over 3 months now, as well as looking at the bowl in our living room- that seems to keep growing paper and unidentified objects and it has been a constant weight on my shoulders. I have been putting it off thinking it was going to be a mammoth job to de-clutter and tidy both these spaces. This morning (being a rainy day helped!), I got stuck in and just cleared them both out…..Wow it felt good! And it made me think of the health benefits of living in a de-cluttered space!
Here are some tips when Clutter Clearing:
- How long has it been since I used this?
- Do I like it?
- Does it work properly?
- Do I have room for this?
- Can I locate this info to the cloud? (throw away paper!)
- The 1 touch rule- pick it up, decide where it goes and put it there- in its place, in the rubbish/recycling- not in a maybe pile!
3 Benefits on your health:
- Increase concentration and decrease stress: Neuroscientists at Princeton University found that physical clutter in your surroundings (especially workspace) competes for your attention, meaning decreased performance and increased stress- clutter makes your brain multitask, getting rid of it will turn you into a concentrating machine
- Boosts your mood and self-esteem: There is a direct correlation to living in a clean and clutter free space to positive and happy moods and high self-esteem. It is the feeling you get of being in control and having accomplished something. The CELF’s study showed there is also a link between high cortisol levels in female home owners and a high density of objects- the more stuff, the more stress the women feels.
- Focus more clearly on your goals: Letting go of physical objects clears your mind mentally, leaving room for you to focus on the things that are important to you. For example- keeping a rower in the corner of your bedroom, thinking you are going to use it one day is actually causing more guilt and negative thoughts than positive. It is better to get rid of these things and make space for more positive belongings, or just having space! (Don’t get me wrong- if you are going to make a plan to use your home exercise equipment tomorrow then keep it- but use it!)