A cluttered home can have dramatic effects on other areas of your life. Some people have more of an extreme connection to this than others. They believe that they cannot think straight unless their home is in order, the dishes are out of the sink, the trash is taken out, and the beds are made. Most people don’t fall into that category, but many people also don’t realize the detriment that their cluttered home is causing them. By clearing clutter from your home, you are helping to de-clutter your life and give yourself a fresh perspective.
Start by making a list. For those of you who aren’t inclined to whip yourself into a cleaning frenzy and go through the entire house in a day-long cleaning binger, have no fear. There are many ways to be efficient and self-motivate. Especially if there is a lot of work to be done, a great way to start your de-clutter and de-junking process is to simply make a list of the specific areas in your home that you feel need attention. This can be as broad or as specific as you like. For example, you can list “top drawers in kitchen” or just “kitchen.” Making small, achievable goals often helps. Sometimes bigger goals can seem intimidating and insurmountable, leading to a total disregard of the goal entirely. If you make small goals on this list, you might want to stop after you have completed each one. Giving yourself permission to do this can be healthy in the long run. It takes away the pressure and suddenly these big goals don’t seem so out of reach because you know that if you complete each of the smaller cleaning goals on your list, you will ultimately reach your larger ones.
Sometimes letting go of clothing items can be difficult. We develop emotional attachments to material items, and clothing is certainly no exception. There is a classic rule of thumb that a person should give away clothes that haven’t been worn in two years to charity. This has a lot of good sense behind it. Another great approach to discarding clothing is the clothes hangar system. Though the idea did not originate with Oprah Winfrey, her public attention to it gave it notoriety. The clothes hanger system helps to narrow down which items (of the ones that hang in your closet) are the ones to give away. The system is simple. Every time you wear something out of your closet, place the item back in with the clothes hangar turned in the opposite direction from the other hanging items around it that you have not worn. Keep this consistent for six months, and at the end of that time you will have a clear view of what you are actually wearing. That should make it easier to decide which items you won’t miss if you give them away to Goodwill.
For thousands of people, a cluttered home can reach a point of crisis. It is okay to ask for help. People can feel helpless and swallowed by the mess once it reaches a certain point. Clutter and junk, if accumulated over years, can pose genuine health problems beyond impairing the mental clarity of a clean and organized home. Experts at companies like 123JUNK will happily come into your home and help your remove clutter and regain control of your life.