De-Clutter is a Great Way to Relieve Stress
Unless you have had a clear out recently I’m betting that some area of your living space is bogged down with clutter. As any exponent of Feng-shui will tell you, clearing the clutter makes way for better energy flow. It is also highly therapeutic and a Great Way to Relieve Stress. Here are seven simple steps to get you started:
1. Instead of focusing on stuff, determine what you want from a particular room. If you want your bedroom to be a room of intimacy, tranquility, and restfulness, the computer and desk filled with bills don’t belong there.
2. Create clear zones of what you want in a particular space. If you have these zones, you’ll be able to set clear limits.
3. When you bring a new object into the house, follow the one-in, one-out rule. Buy a new pair of shoes? Get rid of an old pair. Ditto for cellphones, toys, and laptops.
4. Always finish the cycle. The moment you use the word later, you’ve lost the battle.
5. Try the trash bag tango. This is a great way to kick off your de-cluttering efforts. . Set a kitchen timer for 10 minutes and attack a room. Making a game of it will make it feel less like a chore.
6. Take advantage of tax deductions for motivation. Google the word “donate” along with the object you’d like to donate and the city you’re in, to get a full list of organizations willing to take the used hubcaps or old TV off your hands.
7. Avoid power struggles. Arguments among family members can frequently ensue when, say, what one person considers junk another considers invaluable. Instead, go back to tips 1 and 2, and determine together whether those old high school trophies and Bobblehead figures really belong with the silver and fine china.
Ladies there’s a challenge for you – one pair of shoes in one pair out! From my own experience clearing the clutter works and is a Great Way to Relieve Stress. I have two simple rules. First, do I absolutely have to have whatever it is? Second, when in doubt chuck it out. It works for me. What works for you? Add your tips in the comments box – then go clear some space.