What is the connection between clutter and your mental health? Did you know about the negative impacts? One of the most common effects of clutter is feeling stressed. VeryWell Mind states, “A cluttered home, rather than a haven from stress, is a big stressor in itself and intensifies the frustration and exhaustion that an already-stressed person feels.”
An article written by Psychology Today notes that a mess can leave you feeling overwhelmed:
- “Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.”
- “Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
- “Clutter creates feelings of guilt (“I should be more organized”) and embarrassment, especially when others unexpectedly drop by our homes or workspaces.”
As you can see, clutter and mental health go hand-in-hand, and a disorganized home or office increases gloominess. Overwhelming, exhausting, and inadequate emotions lower your ability to deal with the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Clutter and Your Mental Health: An Organization Checklist
Pull Out All of Your Belongings
Start with a room, closet, or drawer and pull out everything in that location. Pulling out your belongings lets you see what you have, leading us to the next step.
Pick and Choose
The first pile you’ll want to make is “I love it/I use this frequently,” so you don’t mistakenly get rid of it. Next, you’ll want to make a pile called “Infrequent” and “No Longer Use.” Once everything is in those separate piles, place the “I love it pile” back where you found it. Become very selective with what you add back in next. By doing this, you’ll save space and eliminate items you no longer need. Keep going with this system until you’ve gone through your entire home.
After you’ve figured out what you’re keeping, place the rest of the items into a donation bag(s), and take it to a local thrift store or charity. A great way to help local families in need while keeping your mental health in check.
Last but Not Least, Organize
Now that you’ve narrowed down the items you want find an organization method that works best for you and your lifestyle. Maybe that’s plastic bins, metal drawer dividers, etc.; regardless of your choice, find what works best for you and go with it.
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Your mental health is a priority, so make getting rid of the clutter one too. To learn more about how Diamond Maids services can help clean and organize your home, visit our website or contact us today!