Now that January is underway, many people are moving forward with the new resolutions they have set for the year. If you are looking for a way to improve your living space and boost your mental health at the same time, then you might consider the benefits of decluttering your home.
January has been labeled as the Get Organized Month by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). By decluttering your possessions, time, and surroundings, you will notice an immediate difference in your mental health.
How Clutter Impacts Your Mental Health
Stress affects multiple health problems, including adrenal fatigue and high blood pressure. It has been found that physical clutter contributes to increased stress because the items add more responsibility onto an individual. When you have a cluttered, messy space, then it takes brain power and physical effort to deal with the many items.
As a result, stress levels go up! Clutter saps mental energy, has a negative influence on your decision-making skills, and fosters the wrong environment for your home. If you want to reduce your stress levels, then you need to decrease the unnecessary items in your home and office.
Here are three easy steps that can be implemented to make it easy to declutter your home:
- Manage Your Storage Spaces: If you have large, cavernous storage areas, then they end up being “black holes” that pull in random items. Cut down the storage to reduce the clutter. For example, limit yourself to 10 hangers in the coat closet. If you run out of hangers, then it means that it is time to get rid of a coat.
- Put Together a Cleaning Schedule: Do you feel overwhelmed at the idea of trying to declutter everything in your home at once? Put together a schedule so that you only need to handle one room, closet, or storage area at a time.
- Organize Digital Clutter: When we are talking about clutter, it is important that you don’t overlook the digital buildup of files. Take time to clean your computer desktop and file important documents so that you know where to find everything.
Are you looking for more information about managing mental health? Talk to our team at Windward Life Care. Our goal is to offer the assistance that you need to connect with the professionals that can help with your individual situation. Call us for more information about our services.