Clutter and Your Mental Health

We’ve all had clutter around our home at one time or another, but did you know that it impacts your mental health negatively?

Well, it’s true!

One of the most common effects of clutter is feeling stressed. According to VeryWell Mind, they said the following: “A cluttered home, rather than a haven from stress, is a big stressor in itself and intensifies the frustration and exhaustion that an already-stressed person feels.”

Not only does clutter make you feel more stressed, but in an article written by Psychology Today, they shared some facts as to why a mess can leave you feeling overwhelmed:

  1. “Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.”
  1. “Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
  1. “Clutter creates feelings of guilt (“I should be more organized”) and embarrassment, especially when others unexpectedly drop by our homes or workspaces.”

As you can see, having a cluttered home or office can lead to an increased feeling of being overwhelmed, exhausted, feeling inadequate, and lowers your ability to deal with the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

This is why we want to share some ways you can decrease the clutter in your life today.

1. Pull Out All of Your Belongings

Start with a room, closet, or even a drawer and pull out everything in that location.

By pulling out all of your belongings you’re able to see what you have, which leads us to the next step, “Pick and Choose.”

2. Pick and Choose

The first pile that you’ll want to make is “I love it/I use this frequently” so that you don’t mistakenly get rid of it.

Next, you’ll want to make a pile called “Infrequent,” and lastly, “No Longer Use.”

Once everything is in those separate piles, place the “I love it pile” back where you found it, and become very selective with what you add back in next.

By doing this, you’ll be saving space and getting rid of items you no longer need.

Keep going with this system until you’ve gone through your entire home.

3. Donate

After you’ve figured out what you’re keeping, place the rest of the items into a donation bag(s), and take it to a local thrift store or charity.

A great way to  help local families in need while keeping your mental health in check.

4. Last but Not Least, Organize

Now that you’ve narrowed the items that you want in your home find an organization method that works best for you and your lifestyle.

Maybe that’s plastic bins, metal drawer dividers, etc., regardless what you choose, find what works best for you and go with it.

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Your mental health is a priority, so make getting rid of the clutter one too.

To learn more about how Diamond Maids can help make your home clean and organized, make sure to check out our website or reach out to us today!