Deal With Stress

How Clutter Affects Your Stress Levels and What You Can Do About It

How It Affects You Stress Levels And What You Can Do About ItClutter doesn’t just look messy. Too much junk can actually give you and your family undue stress. Turn your home into a relaxing retreat again by cutting down on clutter.

Problem: A cluttered home wastes time

If you’ve ever been late because you couldn’t find your car keys or have spent an entire afternoon searching for an important receipt, you know that clutter can be a huge time waster. The frustration of not finding what you need and the tension of running late both contribute to stress.

Solution: Put everything in its proper place

First, separate your stuff into things you need or use routinely and things you don’t need immediate access to. Store less frequently used items where they’re out of the way, such as on the top shelf of the garage. Keep items you need daily where they are easily accessible and seen, such as a key rack by the door. In addition, train yourself and your family always to return items to their proper place as soon as you are finished with them.

Problem: A cluttered home drains your wallet

Have you ever searched through a mess, looking for that old kitchen appliance or electronic device, only to discover that years of neglect have left your expensive goods damaged? Financial woes are some of the biggest stressors, so make sure your cluttered home isn’t costing you money.

Solution: Use the three Rs method to keep old items in good condition

Empty all the closets, cupboards, and cabinets where clutter tends to hide. Sort items into three categories: repair, replace or recycle. If an object is damaged, try to repair it before its condition deteriorates even more. If it’s beyond repair, throw it out immediately and replace it so that, the next time you need it, you won’t be hit with an unexpected expense. If you no longer need it, donate, discard or recycle it and free up that precious storage space.

Problem: Clutter makes us less productive

It’s much more difficult to pay the bills, file your taxes or work from home when a pile of papers have overtaken your desk. A decrease in productivity leads to more work, which leads to more stress.

Solution: Implement a good organizational system

Store all papers and records neatly in filing cabinets, drawers, and folders. Label and date every document that crosses your desk, and throw away mail, receipts and coupons as soon as they expire. Invest in good organizational supplies, and consider converting as much of your paperwork as you can to digital copies.

Problem: Clutter interrupts our rest

Living in a crowded space can overstimulate your senses, and the visual noise can make rest almost impossible. It can make you uneasy and stress about what needs to be done tomorrow with the mess.

Solution: Out of sight is out of mind

First, purge your unneeded items. If you haven’t used, looked at or worn something in a year, seriously consider whether or not you really need it. Once you’ve whittled down your hoard, store everything out of sight. Don’t keep anything out in the open on counter tops or tables because, if a surface isn’t bare, stuff will naturally accumulate.

Problem: Clutter takes a toll on our mental health

Is clutter driving you crazy? Having a messy home can cause feelings of embarrassment, guilt, claustrophobia, anxiety and stress.

Solution: Get a nice shed to store extra stuff

If you’ve purged your possessions and still have a mountain of stuff, get it out of the way by renting or buying a storage shed. A shed allows you to keep items of value or sentiment while also keeping your peace of mind. Storage sheds are available in a range of sizes and capacities, so whether you have an entire room of junk or a few small boxes, you can find something to suit your needs.

Whether you’re a slob or a neat freak, clutter and stress go hand-in-hand. Cut down on stress by eliminating the unneeded mess in your life.

 Author Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She writes about health, family, home and business.A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. Informational credit to AllWeather Wood Ltd.

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