Decluttering is stressful because you need to find the time to do it and decide what you’re doing to keep or discard. And once you decide what stays and goes, you need to organize what’s left and figure out how to get rid of things you’re discarding. It sounds like a lot of work when you’re not sure where to begin.
Let’s dig in a little further as to why is decluttering stressful.
If you’re already at a point where the clutter is giving you stress, the idea of trying to tackle the mess can be completely overwhelming. It’s easier to close your eyes or the door rather than dig into the pile. After a long day of work, who wants to clean and declutter?
And at the same time, it’s hard to improve your holistic wellness if you’re surrounded by a mess. Trust me, we’ve all been there, so let’s dig in with a few tips.
You need to find the time to declutter
After a long day or week at work, the last thing you want to do is clean. And this turns into a vicious cycle such that as your clutter grows so do you stress levels. And then your stress levels grow even more at the thought of cleaning it up.
Instead of being overwhelmed by the amount of time it’s going take to declutter your entire house, take a page from the old proverb about how to eat an elephant. Take on the task one step at a time.
Maybe it’s as simple as buying a few collapsable boxes to gather similar types of things together so you can focus on one task at a time.
The other benefit of bringing together all the related clutter, you can figure out what you want to keep or discard.
It’s hard to figure out what to keep or discard
Who wants to do any more thinking after a long week at work? Decluttering takes more thought than wiping down the kitchen counter.
Now that you have similar clutter items grouped together, you can tackle sorting out what you want to keep, toss, or donate.
And if the idea of tossing things feels scary, start with the easy items.
Try starting with all the junk mail that is in a giant pile. That’s a mindless task of opening envelopes, recycling what you can, shredding anything sensitive, and trashing what’s left.
As you start making progress, you’ll become more comfortable with letting things go.
Find the things that are broken that you’ve procrastinated putting in the trash. Or maybe you start to find you have duplicates of other things.
Do you need three of the exact same bowl? That could be something to donate to your local charity shop.
You need to find a place to store what remains
Sometimes it’s easier to buy something new than find what you already have. Or walking through Target or browsing on Amazon you see something that catches your eye.
If you’re closets and cabinets are already full, then the new things end up on the counters. All the visual clutter is subconsciously stressful and it collects dust.
So not only do you need to tackle the clutter you can see, you also need to tackle the stored clutter.
Instead of this sounding like a huge job, try starting in the storage places you rarely open. There may be candidates for a quick decision to toss or donate to help you make room for the items you want to keep.
You need to figure out how to get rid of stuff
Gathering up the trash and putting that out probably isn’t too hard, once you set your mind to it. But what about the things that could be used by someone else? And how are you going to get it there?
First, remember you’re helping your local favorite charity by giving them things to sell in their shop. You may also qualify for a tax deduction. Hopefully, that adds a little motivation for your mindset.
One awesome and absurdly obvious suggestion I read recently to help with decluttering is to use a recent Amazon box or similar to gather up the time you want to donate.
How many times have you had small items you want to donate but you’re not sure how to gather them up to give away? Try a larger delivery box to help get them all in one place. And that box is likely not one you were going to keep anyway.
Just make sure to remove any shipping labels with your contact information.
How are you taking the stress out of decluttering?
Clutter is increasing your stress levels, both conscious and subconscious. It’s time to break the cycle and start decluttering. Remember the old proverb that the best way to eat an elephant is one step at a time.
Start with the easy things that require little thought, such as cleaning up the junk mail and move on from there.
What other strategies help you take the stress out of decluttering?
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