It is officially autumn and a great time to put some effort into de-cluttering your home and getting rid of all the “junk” lying around.
Somehow we tend to clutter more in winter, which makes this a good chance to clear some space and organize for the next few months. Soon your family will be spending more time indoors and your clutter will increase.
Mess Causes Stress
According to Psychology Today people tend to feel like life is out of control when they surround themselves with more things than they can manage. The mess causes stress. If you’re not taking care of the clutter in your home, you may not be taking care of yourself either.
It is really hard to live a peaceful, productive and mindful life when the world around us and in our homes is cluttered and busy.
This is why many people enjoy de-cluttering because it relieves stress by providing a sense of control and accomplishment. For others, getting rid of the junk frees up a little extra space in the house that wasn’t there before.
We have a few Tips and Tricks to Keep the Family Home Tidy.
Clutter Causes Stress
Fortunately clutter is one of the most fixable stresses, a lot easier than work or money issues or relationships. A visit to Household Plastic for some totes and containers can do wonders for your stress levels.
Empty space is more valuable—psychologically and physically—than almost any object.
In order to understand where to begin, it is helpful to look why clutter actually causes us stress:
- Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.
- Clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on.
- Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
- Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.
- Clutter frustrates us by preventing us from locating what we need quickly
Ready to Unclutter your Home?
The best way to tackle it is in stages—to focus on one room, one space, or even one zone within a room (like your kitchen cabinets), completing the job fully before moving on to the next space.
Black plastic bags are essential for everything that needs to be thrown away. (You can get them at all our Household Plastic branches).
Be ruthless. Unless you use the object at least once a year either throw it out, donate it or pack it away in a tote.
If you don’t have much time, allocate a set piece of time daily like 15 minutes. If you persevere for a week, you’ll notice a difference. Do it every day for two weeks everyone will notice a difference.
Fix your Kitchen Clutter
Why is it that kitchens get so cluttered? Maybe we cannot resist buying new utensils or are loath to throw away old utensils for sentimental reasons? Anyway if you are one of those people who doesn’t know what you really use in your kitchen, do an experiment.
Empty the contents of your kitchen utensils drawer into a cardboard box. (Great time to clean out the drawers and cupboard).
For one month, put a utensil back into the drawer only if you take it out of the box to use it. If it’s still in the box after four weeks—you don’t need it. Pass it on to charity.
And then once you have de-cluttered, read our Best Cleaning Tips for the Home