In my objectives for this year , I talked about working on my physical and mental health and I strongly believe that a decluttered home is paramount for our sanity. Studies show that we are more stressed and overwhelmed if our house is cluttered which eventually gives way to anxiety. So if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed about the things you want to achieve this year, why not start by cleaning out the physical and mental clutter that you’ve collected over the years.
Talking of physical clutter, we all are guilty of buying stuff that ends up in the bottom of our wardrobes and never sees the light of the day. But clutter is not only bad for our environment but for our mental health as well. Think about your never ending to-do lists, delayed tasks, messy wardrobe, unkempt beauty drawer or prolonged health issues. A cluttered brain or house is just unhealthy and results in inefficiency.
I highly recommend watching Netflix series Tidying Up by Marie Kondo where she explains how people lead stressful lives in cluttered houses and emphasizes on letting go of anything that does not spark joy. Thankfully, I have never been a hoarder type but I am not so proud of my previous shopping habits either.
To shop mindfully and make use of every single clothing item is something I have only been working on for the last two years. I have to mention that it was not intended and still gets difficult to stick to. But when I was forced to declutter my wardrobe of 5 years before travelling to UK, I was shocked to see the stuff I had accumulated over time. There were things I had not worn in years and figuring out what to do with all that was so stressful!
So now I go on deliberate shopping bans and try to shop my closet to restyle pieces. I also donate or pass the things that I no longer use to newer homes. These tiny changes have really been beneficial and now I feel less tempted to buy that average piece of shirt just because it is on sale!
So if this is something you have been meaning to do, there is no better time than now. It can be a lot to start with but you can always –
– Ask for help.
– Batch your clutter.
– Dedicate some time to decide what to do with it.
– And do not hesitate to get rid of that dress you wore 5 years back for some special occasion but never touched later.
So tell me, how has decluttering affected your life? I would love to know your views on this. 🙂
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