5 Steps to Clearing Clutter and De-Stressing Your Life
When I walk into my house, the first thing I see is stuff – shoes, mail, dishes and anything else that my husband has decided to take to the garage but somehow decided to leave at the back door. This visual clutter immediately raises my anxiety level and makes me feel extremely overwhelmed.
A cluttered environment makes us anxious and unable to be fully productive by adding physical disorganization to already disorganized thoughts and plans. In addition to psychological affects, clutter also collects dust and air particles that can exacerbate allergies and increase respiratory issues.
With summer just around the corner, it is a great time to open doors, let fresh air in and get moving to get clutter out. If you’re ready, here are 5 tips to get you on your way to an uncluttered and de-stressed life!
1. Deal With Mail on a Daily Basis
The accumulation of mail and paper is the most common issue in cluttered homes. Have a dedicated location to read and store mail. Commit to reading the mail as you get it and create a system to file mail that needs action taken such as bills, trash junk mail, and clip and store coupons and store offers.
2. Prevent Clutter
Most companies offer paperless bills that you can view and pay online. Banks also offer paperless monthly statements. By signing up for these free services, you’ll prevent bills from even coming into the house to stack up on your counter. Not only will you save yourself the stress of overwhelming paper mounds, but you will also be able to organize your bill payments so that you don’t miss payment deadlines and incur late fees due to bills being lost or overlooked.
3. Clean Dishes As Soon As Dinner is Over
As dinner is being prepared, run dishwater and clean preparation dishes as you finish with them. When dinner is done, wash the remaining dishes right away. Not only will you have a clean kitchen, but you’ll be able to watch Real Housewives guilt free!
4. Donate to Charity
Ok, listen up: You Will Never Be That Size Again! Many of us have a pair of Oprah jeans from way back when, and we convince ourselves that one day we will fit them again. Let them go! Get rid of clothes and shoes that you can’t fit, don’t like or haven’t worn in more than a year. And if you do get to that targeted size, reward yourself and buy a new pair!!
5. Have a Party
I’m always looking for a reason to have a party, and getting rid of stuff in your house is a great reason to tell your friends to clean out their closets, make some lemonade (preferably with vodka) and have a yard sale. Making a few extra dollars by getting old stuff out of your house will not only make your home look better, but will also make you feel good about doing it!