Stress can be caused by many things, and most of the things that stress us out in life are not easily resolved (hence why they are stressful!). However, there is one way that we can all easily simplify our lives and reduce that niggly, low-level stress that can creep up on us in our own homes – and that is having a serious declutter! If you are a clutter queen, then the task ahead can feel pretty daunting, but you will feel awesomely relieved afterwards as you enjoy a clutter free life.
Sort out your hoards
We’ve all got draws and boxes in which we keep crap that we might ‘one day’ need. For me it’s my spare toiletries/make-up basket, but for you it might be stationary, jewellery or any thing else that you can’t quite part with. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have a wide selection of things to use, but if you’ve kept something over a year or so and that momentous day when it’s finally what you need is still yet to come around, it’s time for a clear out. Many things will still be perfectly usable to someone else, so donate it to a charity shop or see if any of your mates would be glad of it before deciding to bin anything.
Organise your desk
The place where you work is important to keep clear and tidy – declutter your workspace and you’ll declutter your mind. Not only will you feel better once there is space to spread out, but you’ll also be glad when you come to revise that you’ve organised your sheets into folders or your notes into files. If work is stressing you out, then take half an hour to procrastinate and tidy your desk. repeat after me: Ommmmmmmmmm.
Use storage solutions
Once you’ve sorted your hoard, you will still probably have a fair bit you want to keep. To reduce the amount of crap cluttering your surfaces, get yourself some clever storage solutions that help keep the place looking tidy. These are often a good way of seeing what you actually own so that you can use it. If you’ve got your jewellery hung up rather than stuffed in a box or draw, you’re way more likely to choose from your whole collection, rather than just alternating between a few.
Sort out your computer files
There is nothing more therapeutic than organising your ‘my documents’. This is also a good opportunity to BACK YOUR SHIT UP, which solves a whole other kind of stress. Once you’ve organised your files, down to the separate modules or projects, let the bliss begin.
Sort out your wardrobe
Many people are scared of this one, as you never quite know when an item of clothing is going to be a lifesaver. One way of working out what you really need is to twist the metal hooks of your hangers the wrong way round when you hang them on your rail. Each time you get an item out to use it, put it back the right way round. After 6-8 months you’ll be able to tell which clothes you haven’t touched, and you’ll know they are ready for the charity shop!