I am about a week out from the kids coming for Thanksgiving. In between hubby working on some projects in the condo, I have been doing some clearing out. Piles to donate. Tossing stuff. Then there is the piles of “I could sell this, if we had a yard sale”. Okay, let’s be honest, it isn’t going to happen. The condo association doesn’t allow yard sales. I have thought about putting things online but the thought leaves as quickly as it comes.
I focused on my office the other night. I had lots of “stuff” laying around and my brain was getting cluttered. I seem to work better with the “less is more” theory. The less stuff, the more I get done. I am amazed at how focused I am now when I get in my office.
Decluttering and downsizing is all the rage now. Everyone seems to want to go back to a simpler time when we had less stuff. The truth is before I totally understood why I needed to declutter, it was just another task on my to-do list which kept getting longer and longer.
Then I found a great blog post by The Peaceful Mom and I want to share some of her thoughts on how decluttering can transform your life:
#1 Clear Spaces Increase Your Focus and Productivity
Did you know clutter drains you mentally by distracting you, restricting your ability to focus and inhibiting your brain’s ability to process information? It is a proven fact. I don’t know about you but I can squirrel enough on my own, I don’t need any help from the clutter. Cluttered surroundings can cause you to become frustrated because your mental resources are worn down. Decluttering reduces your frustration as well as increasing your ability to think and be productive.
#2 Clear Spaces Decrease Your Stress Level
Researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) published the book “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century” revealing the results of their study of 32 California families. They found a direct link between increased levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in female home owners and the high density of clutter in their homes. Decluttering brings calm and reduce your stress.
#3 Clear Spaces Save You Time and Money
This time of year, I always seem to spend more time looking for an item I bought ages ago and put in a ‘safe” spot, what about you? You know you have it but you can’t find because of all the other stuff in your house? How often have you bought something only to find out, you already have it but it was stuck in a pile in the back of the closet or in the garage? Clear organized spaces mean more time and money to do what you want to do. I don’t know about you but I could use some more time and money.
If you’re feeling stressed, drained and overwhelmed, decluttering is a fantastic place to start. Getting rid of all the excess stuff in your home can be challenging, but the benefits are so amazing.
As I am clearing out, I think of my daughter many years ago telling people “mom is in a cleaning mood, so if you aren’t tied down or don’t have a purpose, you could end up in the trash!”. I’m headed again in the “cleaning mode”, one step at a time. Lots of donations being dropped off over the next week or so.
Check out The Peaceful Mom’s 31 Day Declutter… I have done this sporadically but it makes a HUGE difference when trying to overcome the mess.
Share your best tips for decluttering with us… Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!