Did you know decluttering your home can help improve your mental and physical health? In our hyper-connected and over stimulated world – it’s no wonder people get stressed! While there are obvious stressors that we cannot control, such as sitting in traffic, coming home to a space that promotes calmness and a sense of contentment can leave you in a more centered state of mind. If you’re looking for ways to improve your living space and boost your mental health at the same time – then you might consider the benefits of decluttering your home.
Our environment inside and outside the home can impact our mood. A cluttered living space may make us feel more agitated, causing our already existing stress levels to increase even when we are supposed to be relaxing. So, how exactly can decluttering our space help and where should you start? It may seem like a daunting task, but it can be done in small steps and on your own time. Let’s face it – letting go of things is difficult; but having the “just in case” symptom can prevent you from being able to tidy up and find peace in your own home.
Here are some tips and benefits on decluttering:
Focus on one room at a time, one area of the room at a time, one surface or drawer at a time. You can choose a couple minutes each day or dedicate a chunk of time to do so in your calendar. Sort through your items and categorize whether you need them or not to avoid hoarding items. A popular method that swept our nation away last year was the KonMari method created by celebrity author and professional organizer, Marie Kondo. Her method gently guides you to ask yourself if the item you possess actually sparks joy within you. If it does not, give it away. The absence of it will add calmness to your space and peace to your mind.
Decluttering promotes better sleep.
Reducing the clutter in our lives, whether it be physical, digital or otherwise – allows us to tackle stressors head on that benefit our mental health. For example, keeping your bedroom decluttered can promote better sleep. Why else do you think hotel rooms promote a minimalistic outlook?! Don’t forget this includes keeping electronic devices turned off or keeping them in another room, particularly just before going to bed so you give yourself time to unwind. A room that you want to be in will allow you to not only go to bed on time, but also promote better sleep that is proven to cause better mental health and wellness.
Manage your storage space.
Don’t just move items from one bin to another – have different bags ready for what you plan to keep and not. When sorting, think about whether the specific item brings you joy or is it the memory that brings you joy? If it is the latter, maybe it is time to find the item a new home. When you are done with filling up your bags, don’t let them sit around for too long. Take them to a donation centre right away. A pro-tip that will make you feel good? There are many Facebook groups that have people and families in need of and searching for clothes, toys, books, kitchen and living items. Connecting with a family that will make good use of your previously loved items will not only help in decluttering your own space, but it will also help release those endorphins that make you feel good and add to your mental wellbeing.
Ask for help if you need it!
If you can’t figure out where to begin, ask a friend or family member to help you decide what you do and don’t need to keep.
In the end, you don’t have to feel you need to discard anything that is truly important or sentimental to you. Finding ways to better manage and keep your environment clean and organized will surely have a positive impact on your mental wellness.