Do you live in a cluttered environment? With Christmas just around the corner maybe it’s time to minimise.Getting rid of clutter doesn’t just give you the benefits of a tidier home. It can also help to reduce anxiety and that in itself is something worth thinking about at this time of year.
An article in Psychology Today pointed out that clutter in the home can stress you out and actually have an effect on your physical health. So, just how do we start our home detox so that we can feel
comfortable and relaxed I our surroundings? The easiest method is to start from room to room. Leave the furniture but empty the cupboards and drawers and ay piles you’ve got on the floor or on units and tables. Take off any books, ornaments and knick-knacks from your shelves. Now give the room a good hoover and dust and clean the windows.
Get some bin bags or boxes and start to go through everything you’ve taken out of the room. Throw away anything that’s broken, you don’t like, or you don’t use. Don’t be tempted to save things in case they come in handy, the chances are they won’t. Be strict with yourself. Think about all the time you’ll save on cleaning and the extra space you’ll create which will make the room look bigger and brighter. When you start to introduce stuff back into the room, make sure it has a home. If it doesn’t then make one. Organise paperwork and keep them in folders. Sort out a drawer for batteries, chargers and remote controls. Get the kids to do their rooms too and give them enough storage so they can be tidy. If you’ve got too many books on your shelves to sort them out. Take the ones you’ve read to the charity shop and let someone else have the enjoyment of reading them. In fact, make up a few bags for the charity shop as you go through each room.
Yes, keep your memories, but choose just a few things to have on show. If you really want to keep the kid’s drawings, school reports and notes put them in a box and store them away inside a cupboard where you can get it out and look through it when you’re feeling nostalgic. Once you’ve de-cluttered you’ll feel the effects immediately.
Less Stress It’s much less stressful coming home to a tidy house where everything has a place. Instead of spending your valuable time searching for something you need, and making more mess in the process, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for easily. Mornings will calmer because you will be more organised, and you’ll be able to get the kids out the door and off to school without any arguments about PE kit or lost shoes.
Make Cleaning Simpler
An un-cluttered room can be cleaned in minutes. If you don’t have stuff everywhere that needs to be moved. The time it takes to hoover, and dust is greatly reduced.
More Time for Yourself
The time you save on cleaning and organising can be spent doing something you want to do. Go for a walk, join that club or simply kick back and relax with a glass of wine or a good book. It might also mean you’ll be more relaxed at Christmas. You’ll know where to find the red tablecloth and the turkey baster. You’ll be able to see at a glance if you need extra plates and glasses for guests. And, you’ll know exactly where the remote control is for Uncle Stephen!
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