Having clutter in your home, your car or office can bring you to a grinding halt in trying to reach your goals, and growing as an individual. Listen, I get it. I’ve been there. There have been times in my life where there was no way I would give you a ride in my car it was such a hot mess! Years ago, just knowing I had areas in my home that had clutter, gave me great anxiety!! I couldn’t even begin to think about having someone over. (What if they might peek into THAT closet with all the clutter when I’m not looking?).
I have noticed that I feel much better about myself when my environment is clutter-free. I have often said that having clutter around you is a manifestation of how you feel inside. It puts an almost instant hop in your step when you have accomplished de-cluttering an area! So if you’re looking for a little “pick me up”, I encourage you to begin doing this!
When you begin to de-clutter your space you will realize that it will open you up to receive more of what God has for you, and to be able to focus on what’s really important.
So WHY should we de-clutter our homes?
1. Because clutter drains you of energy contributing to depression
When you have so much around you that needs to be done, it takes up space in your mind that would otherwise be used for something productive. Instead your energy leaves you because you always feel like there is no room to breathe, and there is an insurmountable task in front of you. Sometimes the clutter can be so much, that it feels like you can never overcome it, and feelings of guilt/shame over the mess can also lead to depression.
TIP: Identify the area that produces the most stress, and light a match….haha just kidding…you’re still with me right? 😉 and break the task down into small achievable daily tasks.
2. It distracts you, and makes you feel like you have no focus
How can you focus on anything that needs to be done if you’re always thinking about that insurmountable pile of laundry that needs to be done? Every little shiny, swirly thing that see, will take your focus away from what you want to be doing. It’s taking up space in your brain, until the task is complete and it is clutter-free.
TIP: Remember that the clutter occurred over time, and so will the removing of it. Have patience with yourself, and just keep swimming, swimming, swimming 🙂
3. It perpetuates procrastination
It’s quite the cycle. You procrastinate and that’s why you now have clutter, you have clutter, and therefore you procrastinate even more. You can overcome this by deciding from today that you will not put things off anymore. You will make a plan and stick to it, to tackle the thing that needs to be done. Start by doing it one small step at a time.
TIP: Find someone who can hold you accountable. Proclaim to them what you are desiring to do, and have them help you stick to the plan.
4. It can cause confusion
Do you feel like sometimes you are in a fog? It’s so difficult when you’re not sure where anything is, and while you’re looking for it, it takes so long that you forget what you were doing! Often times just trying to figure out what you should be doing is something else all together, because you always feel like you are in a fog! I noticed this a lot in my own life, and honestly as I started to get rid of clutter, even just “mind” clutter, like projects I had left unfinished, or things in life I had never completed, the more I was able to cross those things off of my list, the clearer my focus was.
TIP: We live in a time where our smart phones are never far away from us. I figured that I can use this “smart” phone as an extension of my brain, to help me accomplish everything. Which it has (I use the reminders app on my iPhone)! Find one app that works for you where you can put everything, notes, schedules, reminders, goals. One standard method of keeping you organized!
5. It can keep you bound to the past so that you cannot move on
If you find yourself like I often do, holding on to things that someone gave you, or some momento from a vacation 20 years ago, those things can often take up unnecessary room in your mind and home. Perhaps emotionally letting go of some of these things will also free up, and heal up part of you that has needed to move on long ago.
TIP: A great way to keep the memories but de-clutter your home, is to take a picture of the items! Also, you can re-purpose the items. An example of this is something I’m preparing to do with my father’s clothes. When he passed away, we just couldn’t bring ourselves to get rid of the clothes. So we’ve decided to re-purpose them into a quilt!
6. Because our relationships and health suffer
Feeling shame/guilt over the way your home might look will contribute to less visitors, and more isolation. You are less likely to drive anywhere with anyone in your vehicle at least, because it’s such a mess. You find yourself coming up with reasons why you can’t have someone over. People who live with you might also feel on edge because of the clutter, and it might be contributing to avoidable arguments. Your mental health suffers because of the clutter, as well as maybe your physical, because you likely exercise less, and maybe the dust bunnies are piling up…causing other issues.
TIP: Perhaps the person who you have chosen to hold you accountable, can come over and help you. They could help you make decisions on what to keep, what to sell, donate, or what to throw away. If you have a yard sale, you could also hire someone with the money you make to help you get even more organized, and put systems in place that will help you stay maintain order in the future.
I want you to stop right now and look around the room, pick one thing that you can get rid of. Stop by my Facebook page Birth Your Call, to let me know you did it! I’m waiting to hear from you!