Research shows that clutter (in your home, office, or vehicle) causes stress and increases anxieties. Research also shows that physical activity decreases stress and anxiety. So, the solution’s almost too easy, isn’t it?
Get moving and actively declutter, clean, and straighten!
Did you know that studies actually show that people who spend at least 20 minutes a day cleaning suffer from less stress than those who don’t? I guess the reason’s obvious, they’re cutting down on clutter while increasing their activity. Making their living quarters clean and stress free makes them feel better. That, in turn, increases self confidence and self worth.
It’s all good.
Below are a few tips on ways to find more time for cleaning as well as ways to keep clutter from getting out of hand in the first place. If you do it like you mean it, you can also burn a lot of nasty calories while you’re at it.
- A place for everything and everything in its place. Take a walk around your home or office and take note of the places where clutter tends to congregate. Wherever it holds its meetings is the place you need to focus your attention on. Pay particular attention the room most people enter through. If that’s the kitchen, your counters probably suffer from mail pile up. This would be the perfect spot for a neat little mail caddy or at least an attractive basket. They, at least, say to the world that they’re supposed to be there.
- Clean your closets (and some rooms, for that matter) out and either haul things off or store them away in the garage. Invest in some of those plastic bins with matching lids that you find in department stores. Some may still be on sale from the first of the year – if not, they’re worth the money. They look so much neater stacked in a garage or storage building than boxes or bags, plus if you buy the clear ones, you can see what’s inside.
- Clutter and untidiness can be overwhelming and depressing. Be proactive and put it in its place. Set aside a day of the week that’ll be your designated Cleaning Day. Granted, if you’re like me and are blessed with multiple children and cats, more that one Cleaning Day may be called for. Just make sure nothing gets in the way of Cleaning Day. Round up your cleaners, dust rags, broom, Swiffer (LOVE my Swiffer!), etc. and just have at it.
- During commercials of your favorite shows, get up and straighten. Use each commercial break for a different room. By the time the movie or show is over, you’ll have a much cleaner house.
- Keep all of your cleaning supplies together – maybe in a pail. Then, pack the whole lot of them into whatever room you’re focusing on at the time.
- Swiffer is love.
Our surroundings play a huge role in our emotions and our state of mind. I’ve noticed that when things around me are neat and clean, I focus better and feel better.
Be sure to surround yourself with things that make you smile, colors that relax you, and products that make organization easier (like bookshelves, bins, desk organizers, etc). Then, at all costs, keep them clean and tidy!