Just as the external environment can affect well-being, so can your personal environment. Research studies show that rooms with bright light, both natural and artificial, can improve depression and anxiety. Your immediate surroundings can also impact your behavior and motivation to act. For example, a messy desk with papers, folders, and other items spread across may cause you to lose focus. Whereas, a clean and organized desk will encourage productivity.
1. Choose an area to declutter. Start small. Start with one room. Is it your office? Your bedroom? Your kitchen? Commit to decluttering that space this week.
2. Put everything from that room into a place where you can see all items individually (or at least grouping similar items).
3. Ask yourself: does it bring me joy or solve a problem I have often? If yes, keep it. Ask yourself: can I replace this easily? If so, toss it. Ask yourself: Do I have more than one of these? If so, donate it. Ask yourself: Is this just taking up space and can be recycled? If so, recycle it.
4. Make four piles: one for keep, one for donate, one for toss, one for recycle.
5. Find a new home for all the items you keep in the space. Take donations to your center of choice immediately (don’t box them and leave them in garage for another day). Toss all the items that should be tossed, and recycle all the items that should be recycled.
6. Don’t forget clothes. Getting rid of unnecessary clothes, shoes and accessories are one of the easiest ways to regain control of certain spaces. Capsule wardrobe, anyone?
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