Everyone knows that living in an environment can be frustrating and overwhelming to say the least. But did you know that being constantly surrounded by clutter can result in higher stress levels? It can also be unhealthy for your body. Too much clutter can result in fire hazards and tripping hazards. As well as this, living in a cluttered space can restrict movement, so it discourages you from keeping active and moving around can be a difficult task.
On top of this, it can have a very negative effect on your mental health. It can make you feel trapped or claustrophobic. It can also encourage hoarding behaviours and even spark a hoarding problem. On top of this, mess can harbour dust and bacteria, resulting in mold and other nasty things from growing in your home or office.
Hopefully, you are not at the stage where it would take a team of movers with forklifts and cranes to tackle the mess. If you are and you feel like you cannot do it on your own or if you feel like there is a deeper, more psychological reason behind keeping clutter in your life, then seek a professional or a psychiatrist before doing it so you don’t have to go through it alone.
If you feel as if you are ready to finally tackle the clutter you’ve pushed to the back of your mind for so long, or you know somebody that could use some help with their clutter and organisation, you can use these tips.
Professional Decluttering Tips
Don’t Be Afraid To Let Go
This is the first thing you should think about before going ahead with clearing out your home or office. Remember that the whole point of decluttering your home or office area is to free up space so you can actually make use of it. Therefore, if you have cluttered rooms in your home or cluttered areas in your office, prepare to get rid of most of it.
Whether you throw the clutter in the bin, or give it a new home by giving it away as a gift or donating it to charity, you should expect to get rid of it one way or another.
Set Some Goals
Going forward, if you want the decluttering to be effective, you will need to set yourself some goals or objectives. You can challenge yourself by adding a deadline to each task. The goals should reflect your lifestyle and be attainable, therefore you should think realistically. Start off with something easy and simple. This can be something like throwing away 5 things and giving away or donating another 5 items. Avoid starting off too ambitious, as it may put you off and leave you without the energy to complete the task.
Work Your Way Up
We all have to start from somewhere. Keep in mind that it is not a race, you don’t have to declutter your whole house in one day. It is better to do it all in stages and make a structured plan that you can stick to.
If you feel that you can’t complete the decluttering task alone, contact a Professional Organiser for more declutter help.