Your home should be a space of relaxation and comfort, but if it’s cluttered all the time, it can actually cause more stress than you might think. Here are some ways that clutter can influence how your brain operates and how you can find ways to declutter to reduce the stress in your life.
How “stuff” influences your mind:
Over time, we buy things and they accumulate, especially in a world where consumerism is made central. Maybe your coat closet is stuffed with extra things that aren’t used regularly, or you have a garage or a basement that has accumulated so much clutter that you try to avoid it at all costs.
Sometimes, we hold onto things that we think we will use, but other times, we find it extremely difficult to get rid of items that may have emotional attachments to them. Surprisingly, researchers have found that we can sometimes experience pain when giving up a possession, because you likely have built some sort of emotional attachment to it. As we let this stuff build up around your living space, it can influence your ability to focus. If you have found it increasingly difficult to process information while you’re at home, take a look around and see if there is clutter. If there is a variety of visual stimulus happening, it’s hard for your brain to focus. This, in turn, translates to stress.
So how can you get rid of clutter, reduce unneeded stress, and retrain your brain to focus and process important information? Here are some important steps:
#1: Work to organize one area at a time.
Maybe you have multiple areas of your home that need attention. First, work together as a team with your family or a friend to help organize the area one space at a time. Get some bins and label each one accordingly: keep, donate, recycle, or garbage. Take the donation items to your local drop off donation center right away, so you aren’t tempted to start going through it again to change your mind in keeping anything. If there are items you think that would sell in a garage sale or online, make a pile for those things as well. The important thing to remember is to start small and tackle one area at a time. Once you do this, you can move on.
#2: Take action.
Form new habits that keep you on a track toward organization and cleanliness. For example, if it’s your office that feels out of control, get bookshelves, baskets, and other storage containers that can help you stay organized. Then you’ll probably need to retrain yourself to take action and use the items you have in place.
#3: Hire a professional.
Once the clutter is reduced and you feel more organized, call our team at Fresh Nest Cleaning for a deep clean of your home. Once we’ve cleaned it well that first time, set up a consistent cleaning schedule with us so we can stay on top of your home’s cleanliness. There’s nothing better than knowing that your home is organized and clean both for your family, but for your guests. And not to mention, you’ll reduce any stress you have about staying on top of the cleaning – we will do it all for you!
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