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Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Mind

 

October 28, 2011



When an area of your home is cluttered, cramped and disorganized, it causes stress and a definite feeling of being overwhelmed. It’s hard to know where to start to tackle this build-up of stuff! It makes you wonder, “How did it get this bad anyway!”

Clutter affects us in many ways. There are the actual physical difficulties of tripping over stuff or having to move things out of the way to find what you need.

But then there is the stress of cluttering of the mind. When you are surrounded by “stuff” it makes it hard to think. It can paralyze you from moving forward on a project or activity. It can be depressing to live in an environment that causes you stress and makes you feel stuck.

So take the time to organize your home by decluttering and making space. Follow the order of these steps to regain control.

• Sit down and make a goal for how you want to use the space.

• Decide how long you feel you can work during each session.

• Go through your belongings and decide what you are ready to part with. Keep a garbage can and a donation bag handy to get it out the door.

• Store items that you are keeping together and place a label on the outside of the bin or basket.

Organize your home when you declutter and enjoy the benefits of a relaxed home as well as a relaxed mind!

 

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