BENEFITS OF DECLUTTERING FOR HEALTH
I am sure we are all guilty of keeping and storing stuff that we just don’t need. Over time things just pile up and you wake up one day stressed out at your lack of organization over the years and you realise you have far too much stuff that your hanging on to.
Living in a cluttered house or workspace can actually hold you back from getting things done and from moving forward from the past.
While it’s not an easy thing to do, breaking each room down and going through it one by one over time will make it easier. It can also have quite a few health benefits for you and your family.
IT GIVES YOU ENERGY
The overflow from making quick decisions as to what you keep or get rid of changes your mindset and gives you small wins. This in turn will give you more energy to get other things done that need doing.
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE MORE
This is especially true for your workspace, excess clutter can “have a negative impact of your ability to focus and process information.” – according to Mikael Cho. Neuroscientists at Princeton found being surrounded by clutter results in decreased performance and increased stress as all these items compete for your attention. Thus removing the clutter and tidying up your desk or home can help you to concentrate more. You need to find a system that works for you, that you can maintain that allows you to be creative and concentrate more.
IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP
The chaos around you can impact sleep quality and quantity. Going to bed stressed out by the mess in your bedroom can make it harder to unwind and get restful and restorative sleep. Aim to get rid of anything that can impact on this such as clothes that need to be put away, computers and even phones.
IT REDUCES ANXIETY
Creating order in our lives can relieve anxiety. Being able to organise and declutter your workspace or home can calm you down and make you feel more organized. Too much chaos can cause you to become overwhelmed and irritable.
The same can be said for decluttering your thoughts when it comes to daily tasks. Keeping a to do list and prioritizing it in order of importance and urgency can help reduce feelings of being overwhelmed by how much you have to do.
YOU WILL LET GO OF THE PAST
Sometimes we need to just let go of the past and move forward. Some of the stuff we hang onto can send you into a shame spiral, hanging on to old stuff can make it harder to let go, even if you think you are over it. Get rid of things that bring back bad memories and aim to stop living in the past so that you can walk into a better future. Get rid of the old to make way for the new.
YOU WILL SEE YOURSELF AS MORE COMPETENT
In your ability to decide what things you need to keep and what you need to get rid of. It utilises your decision making and problem solving skills according to psychology today.
YOU WILL FOCUS MORE CLEARLY ON YOUR GOALS
Sometimes we hang onto things that remind us of our failures, which end up bringing us down instead of motivating us.
The exercise bike you bought to lose weight, the old size 8 clothes you hang onto in the hope that you will lose the weight to fit into them again.
Now for some having a goal to fit into a dress might be a motivator if you’re actually exercising and moving towards it.
However if you are doing nothing but staring at your old clothes, not exercising and eating junk then you will be seriously upset at yourself for not following through.
Get rid of all the clothes you don’t wear, all the ones you don’t fit in and and rid yourself of the emotional baggage.
Set new goals, find a great coach and start again.
This will boost your mood and give you freedom from the past promises you made so you can make new ones and achieve them.
IT CAN REDUCE RELATIONSHIP AND FAMILY TENSION
Having clutter in your house that disrupts day to day life can cause stress and family tension.
Having a level of order and less stuff may led to the avoidance of arguments with family members over the smallest of things like looking for lost keys or important documents.
IT MAKES WAY FOR THE NEW
Living in the past or hanging onto the physical stuff that belongs to our past selves can hinder our growth moving forward if you’re attached to the past and won’t move forward.
For health and fitness the implications are massive – to move toward a fat loss or health goal while still hanging on to the past or glory days can make it difficult
You need to cut ties and start fresh
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT TODAY
Start small – 1 room at a time
Divide it into daily steps
Work out what you want to get rid of from the mail to clothes and other paper that can mount up.
Set aside more time for bigger tasks such as your wardrobe or the kitchen
Commit to finishing what you start
Committing to getting clutter cleared out is a life long journey that requires daily and weekly attention. As you get on top of things you will need to find a way to maintain it, adapt the new approaches to what you bring into your house so stop clutter before it can begin.
The benefit to being committed to doing this is a home environment that’s calming and helps make positive changes to your productivity, stress levels and mental health.
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