The more cluttered the home, the more stressful the lives of the occupants. Studies and polls show the amount of clutter in the home bears a direct relationship to the amount of stress a person feels, especially for the one or ones directly responsible for keeping the home uncluttered and neat.
The tips and suggestions in women's magazines are great. The problem is that the tips and suggestions don't work for every family and/or every home. Photos of homes that show before and after clutter don't work for you unless you live in a very similar home.
An uncluttered living space promotes relaxation. When everything is neat and in its proper place, there is a feeling of being on top of everything, of being in control. This brings a sense of peace and allows you to rest with an easy conscience. It is a good method of practicing good health naturally.
How do you declutter a home that has been downsized, while the family that once shrank has now grown again with the return of grown children? What do you do when all of the 'stuff'' is needed?
Steps to a more stress-free life:
- For each room, take inventory.
- For each item, ask one question: Can I live without it?
- If you can live without it, should it be thrown out, donated or sold?
- Label four boxes: trash, donate, sell and keep.
- Find a permanent home for the items labeled as keep, then throw out, donate and sell the rest.
- If storage is available, pack and store seasonal items such as Christmas decorations.
- Prevent new clutter by dealing with mail as it comes into the home. Put away new purchases as soon as you get home. Clean the kitchen after every meal.
There will be days when things just don't allow you to stay on top. Don't allow those days to defeat you. Get back in control as soon as possible.