Clutter: most of us have a little of it here or there. In fact, many of us have more than just a little. In fact, many people avoid going home because of the overwhelming mess and don’t know where to begin cleaning. How is all this mess affecting us?
Does your home interior soothe or stress you? Interestingly, a cluttered environment can cost you in energy, time and even money, whereas a clean, organized home can soothe you and provide a haven from stress, backdrop for fun with friends and family, and a place to feel safe and at peace. According to the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui, the way your home is laid out and decorated can actually bring you money and good fortune, or take it away; however, even if you don’t practice or believe in Feng Shui, keeping a home interior that’s organized and soothing to your sensibilities has clear benefits.
YOUR HOME INTERIOR CAN INFLUENCE YOUR INTERNAL STATES
As several studies have indicated, people experience plenty of stress from jobs, finances and other areas of our lives. When we come home, we want to feel like we’re entering a refuge, safe from the demands of life. If you have a cluttered, poorly decorated or somewhat disorganized living space, home relaxation can be virtually impossible! With a little work, your home could be another stress management tool at your disposal.
LESS CLUTTER, LESS STRESS!
Getting your home more organized feels great. However, just as it takes effort to maintain weight loss over time, a clean house takes a little ongoing effort as well.
Time saving: People often think of clutter as an energy drain, but it also drains us of our time. How? People in cluttered homes spend extra time virtually every day looking for lost items such as keys, money, shoes, tools, etc. Even when we’re looking right at the lost item, it becomes difficult to see it when surrounded
by clutter–and the extra time it takes to search through the mess adds up quickly.
Money: When we don’t have bills and financial papers organized, bills can get lost, causing us to accrue late fees.
Guests: Having guests over becomes an embarrassment or an event that takes all-day preparation. Each room carries visual reminders of all the work that needs to be done in the way of cleaning. Using your home for activities like scrap booking or yoga becomes difficult or impossible without taking significant time to clear the space.
A Well-Ordered Home May Bring More Good Things: Followers of the Chinese discipline Feng Shui believe that a well-ordered home aligns vital energy in your life to bring good fortune in other areas of your life. Whether or not you believe in Feng Shui, given the above information, it’s hard to argue that an organized home wouldn’t bring additional benefits, chief among them being reduced stress. So, while spring presents a great excuse to get your home in order, any time is the right time to create an organized, soothing atmosphere to come home to. You can simplify your life and reduce the daily stress you experience by putting in relatively minimal effort. So try to know how you can de-clutter, organize and decorate your home in a low-stress way, and keep it that way with minimal hassle. Let your home be your sanctuary!
HOW TO DECLUTTER
Taking 15 minutes each day to declutter an area, using the 27-Fling Boogie, and clearing your hotspots are among some of the most powerful tools you can use to create a more peaceful home. Remember: You cannot organize clutter – you can only organize the things you love!
When to Declutter: Decide how often you are going to declutter a zone. Do a little every day – use a timer. But be warned – this can become compulsive! Don’t burn yourself out! Only do small amount at a time. The house did not get dirty overnight and it will not get clean overnight. When you set the timer you can only do two sessions at a time. This goal may seem unattainable right now, but you can do it in little pieces. In a couple of months, the whole house will be decluttered.
Start at the entrance to the room: Then, work your way around the room clockwise. Do not skip a spot. Whatever happens to be next, just do it.
Put your things away: Once you have “a place for everything and everything in its place,” you’re ready for this important companion rule: When you take something out, you should simply put it back.
Decluttering Equipment: You will need garbage bags, boxes, and a dust rag. Label the boxes “Give Away”, “Throw Away”, and “Put Away”. Line the “Throw Away box with a plastic garbage bag.
Declutter Away! With boxes at your feet and dust rag in your waistband, start off by cleaning out and getting rid of the things that do not belong in this room. Put garbage in the “Throw Away” box, donations in the “Give Away” box, and stuff that goes somewhere else in the “Put Away” box. Don’t worry that you do not have a place for everything right now. By the time you finish you will.
Give away all the stuff you don’t need. Whatever things you’ve collected throughout the years could actually be something people are willing to pay a surprising amount of money for. Got old furniture no one uses? Put an ad in the paper for it.
Kids’ toys can be stored very neatly in tubs, which provide quick cleanup and keep toy clutter out of sight. Getting drawer organizers for your bathrooms and kitchen can keep drawers from overflowing with extra items. Having a filing system for papers makes it easy to put them away and find them when you need them. Putting a little extra effort into organizing your things now will save you time in cleaning up and maintaining order for years to come.
*Do a light cleaning at the end of every day.
*Do a more thorough cleaning once a week (or hire someone to do it for you, if it fits your budget.)
*For every item you bring in, get rid of something.
*Use your dustbin liberally. If you’re unsure if you should throw something away, think about how much you have used it in the past. Then think about how much use you’ll have from it in the future. Then you’ll probably want to throw it away.
DECLUTTER YOUR WORKSPACE
A decluttered and ordered workspace brings clarity and order to the mind. Avoid putting post-its all over your screen and desk. Use a program that collects all those thoughts and reminders.
Using 5 minutes a day to keep your workspace clutter free not only makes you happier but more efficient too. Take a look at you workspace and see what it might reflect about you as a person.