How to Keep Your House and Mental Health in Order
Clutter in our house not only looks bad, but it also messes with our mental health. If you are prone to piling things up at your home, it actually means you keep living in the past, not in the present. You are procrastinating not just the tidying up, but also the things which are actually important to you. Just think about all the new things you are blocking out from your life and all the anxiety clutter causes. So, it’s high time you did something about it!
Set up a system
If you have set your mind on freeing up your space, the first thing you need to do is get large trash bags or boxes. Once you’ve started with getting rid of the clutter, set your alarm to 30 to 60 minutes, so that you know when to take a break– working in concentrated bursts is proved to be very effective, as making too many decisions at once can exhaust you too fast.
Next step – have a couple of categories to put your stuff in, including:
Stuff for keeping – these are things that you actually use or that make you cheerful.
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Stuff for selling – it’s smart to check prices on eBay or Craigslist – maybe you have something worth selling. You could also have a yard sale, but if you don’t feel like it, then move the rest of this stuff to the next category.
Stuff for giving away – there are always things that somebody else would put into a better use or that you can donate to a charity.
Trash – these things can’t be of any use to anybody, so throw them away and recycle everything you can.
Undecided – sometimes you just don’t know what to do with some items, so it’s better to box them up and have another look in six months.
You’ll notice how decluttering feels good because being surrounded with less stuff makes it easier for our brain to function, as it doesn’t have to work too hard – you’ll feel the energy coming over you.
When deciding how to sort a certain item, there are some questions you can ask yourself to make the decision more easily.
The first one is – if an item got lost or destroyed, would you spend money to buy another one?
Next question is – is there anybody that would have a better use of this item that I use rarely or never?
Would this be appreciated by a homeless person?
If I won’t re-read this book, could I donate it to a library?
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The important part is to be merciless – decluttering has to be thoroughly done: clean up your home completely, and if there are some things that can’t be thrown away, and you still don’t want them inside your home right now, you can always opt for house removalsto put away these things in storage, like most Australians do today.
Another tip is to change your mindset – start feeling grateful that you have so many things that you can give away and help another person or cheer them up. Let yourself feel gratitude, not fear or annoyance while getting rid of so much stuff.
Later on, you’ll feel the need to take care of some more important aspects of your life, for example, many people stop bad habits or lose weight afterward, while some end toxic relationships or find a better job.
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The point is to show yourself you can make an impact on an aspect of your life, which actually motivates you to improve other areas. Decluttering your home will put your mind at ease, which puts you in an excellent mindset to take action and improve your quality of life.
By Jessie Hogarth
Jessie is a passionate blogger and home and office designer. She loves writing about tips and tricks that make every home a better place, inside and outside. Besides this, she loves sports, outdoor activities and spending time with her close ones.