Life with less clutter

Lorna Lawless

Cluttered Space

Less is always more. Spring clean season is here and it’s time to declutter.

Decluttering is a great way to make more space in your gaff, but also it’s great to give you some more head-space too. Without even realising it, our space being cluttered can cause more stress.

Waking up in a clean room already makes you feel like you’ve started out the day on the right foot. It’s time to get the big yellow skip out, and start getting rid of things that don’t ‘spark joy’.

If we own less, we have less debt, less to organise, less stress and in the end more money and time. When we think of the word declutter it can be overwhelming, and sometimes painful, because you start and all of a sudden you don’t know how to finish.

According to Psychology Today “clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli, causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.”

It’s not usually the clutter that’s the issue, the space usually reflects what’s going on in your mind. The mindset that physically manifests as a floordrobe. When you start to declutter your mind, you’ll see your space go along with it.

We are all bombarded with thousands of ads on our Instagram feeds telling us all the stuff we need to buy to improve ourselves. The career books, the Pretty little Thing outfit you have get or the new runners you need to add to your collection. Keeping a skirt  “just in case” or for a “special occasion” which never seems to happen is why we have so many items in our room we don’t need.

Minimalism can be applied to our homes and our mentalities. It represents a more mindful way of living, one in which you analyse how everything in your life is affecting you and drop what no longer gives you beneficial factors.

The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus two leaders of the movement toward simplicity said to mindbodygreen.com that “by clearing the excess from our lives, we free up time to focus on our values; and of course, health is a cornerstone value in living a meaningful life.”

If you are living in constant mess it may be a sign there is something going on with your mental health, the first thing you might want to do is sit down and evaluate why this might be happening. Think about why you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and why you are surrounded by mess. You could talk to a qualified professional that can help your sort out what’s going on in your head. A therapist, counsellor or even a GP can at least help point you in the right direction.

Some people just have an issue with motivating themselves to complete a task and need to take it on in smaller achievable goals. It’s a simple way prioritise your mental health by making time to clean your space.

Lorna Lawless

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