Take a look at your desk, or your kitchen table. Do you have piles of papers, laundry and even toys sitting there? Are there times when you feel like no matter how much you clean, your stuff will always take over?
It is time to quit buying more stuff like storage bins to control the stuff you already have. It is time to let go of the clutter and work through a proven system that works to clear your space and free your mind.
Clutter is messing with you
UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) discovered that the clutter in a home directly affects how the woman feels. The link found was that, the more stuff that was around the more depressed the woman was.
When the house was a mess, and if yours is too you can probably relate to this, the cortisol hormone (known as the stress hormone) increases. Your house, and the stuff that you keep, is increasing your stress levels.
Have you ever walked into a room and tried to think but the only thing you see is the mess? Your clutter is taking over Well, actually when your house is a mess your brain is reflecting it back. Your brain sees the mess and becomes a mess.
The amount of stuff surrounding you affects different areas of your life outside of your mind as well. It can affect your weight, how much energy you have and even the time you have with your family and business.
Gaining control over the clutter does not have to be hard however people become paralyzed when they realize they need to declutter. They don’t know how or where to start and so they stay in a viscous cycle and never move forward.
When you gain control over your clutter you are putting you and your family first. You are opening up space to spend more time with them and more time on your business.
Take the first step
Clearly define the life you want to create. Does it involve accumulating a bunch of stuff? Probably not, so it is time to make the decision to let go of the old stuff so you can open up space for the life you do want to create.
Start by picking one room, make it an easy room like a hall closet or even the bathroom. Starting with an easier room allows you to get the win fast. You can connect to the benefit of less stress, more time right away and you will continue to move forward.
Often, moms want to start with the hardest room, like their room or even a toy room. That is when overwhelm sets in and you default back to old habits. Break that habit today and choose an easy room.
Carve out the time
You are busy, you have kids activities, work, dinner and diapers to change. Decluttering takes time now and saves you time later. You no longer have to worry about all of the extra toys because everything has its placed and the amount of stuff that can be tracked around has decreased.
Carve out one hour on your calendar. Make it a time that you can be productive and have some space. If you have to wake up early to clean the bathroom do it. If you normally clean the bathroom on Wednesday at one then add an hour to your cleaning schedule that day.
Carve out one hour to dedicate to this project and set yourself up for success by having all of the tools you need.
You have the room and you have the time but there are still tools you need to effectively declutter. The first tool is your headspace. Set a clear intention that you can declutter your house one step at a time and believe it is possible. If you are struggling with this go back to your benefits of why you want to do this.
Create three piles in bins or boxes. One box is a donate, one is trash and the other is sort. Move through each item and place them in a box. If you are unsure about an item place a sticky note on the item and go back to it in a week. Have you used it, what purpose does it have and is there anything else that can replace that item that you already have?
After each cleaning session take out the trash and place the donate box in the trunk of your car. Move the other items where they need to go. Before you bring in more items always ask what kind of value is it going to bring into your life?
You are starting with one room however this is an ongoing project. Carve out time each week and tackle the different rooms in your house and even your car. Over time this becomes easier as you get more efficient and you have less stuff.
Don’t overwhelm yourself by choosing the kitchen, start with your pots and pans, and then silverware drawers and even your coffee cups. Move through each space with intention of decluttering your home so you can free your mind for bigger projects.