We all have our own decluttering methods. It’s a frequent duty for individuals who want a well-kept house. Some people, however, put it off until there is no other option. Whatever your motive for getting organized or how you do it, most of us have one thing in common: we likely have a lot of stuff we need to clear out of our way.
A high density of domestic objects and clutter can be linked directly to the stress hormone cortisol, according to researchers at UCLA’s Centre on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF).
Procrastinating on decisions that need to be made for more clarity in life and at home only increases stress levels, ironically decreasing the chances of resolving clutter.
It’s a human habit, or rather an outmoded one, to accumulate “stuff.” Many experts have theorized throughout the years that the need to purchase and stockpile things we don’t need or even truly want comes from a natural and adaptive drive gone awry.
Learn To Let Go
According to Jen Heard, a top declutter coach and author, clutter is excess stuff that gets in your way, both physically and mentally. Jen argues that accumulating is motivated by more than instinct; it has significant procrastination and avoidance components.
There is ongoing pressure to buy, gather, and acquire in today’s fast-paced consumer world, so we amass more and more goods. However, we do not learn to let go at the same rate we acquire. Similarly, we are plagued with never-ending to-do lists, causing our time to become as congested as the environment in which we live and work. This contributes to a sense of overload damaging one’s health and emotional well-being.”
As Jen Heard asserts, decluttering is less about cleaning up and more about focusing on what is truly important to you. Selecting what remains and what leaves your space enables you to make mindful decisions about what fits and belongs in your life. Making these determinations allows you to live firmly in the present rather than clinging to memories, events, and the things that conjure those to mind. This allows us to purge not just physical but emotional clutter.
Declutter And Enjoy The Joy That Comes With It
Everything comes into our life for a reason, but not everything is meant to stay forever. That said, it can be difficult to let some things go. Being gentle to yourself while organizing your belongings is necessary since it can be frightening and stressful, especially if you’re doing it alone. Working to create a sanctuary of peace in an otherwise chaotic and hectic world might be difficult, but once you get started, the feel-good factor will kick in relatively quickly. The problem is determining where and how to begin. Jen Heard decluttered her own life while supporting many local charities with her extra, and now she aims to inspire and encourage others to do so as well.
My M.E.S.S. Program (Motivation, Envision outcomes, Start, Sustainable systems & Habits) is structured to assist you in decluttering your life and living it to the fullest. It will give you drive, vision, and a head start on creating more sustainable systems and habits for a more meaningful life.