Clutter can cause depression. Depression can cause clutter. Either way y0u look at it, it's a bad relationship. One that we all would like to avoid.
Studies have shown that the stress levels of women home owners rise due to clutter. Men don't seem to have the same effect. They are able to tolerate it. Most women associate a nice and clean home with a happy home. With more and more women entering and staying in the work force, time is greatly limited for cleaning and organizing. We aren't living like our grandmothers.
Another interesting fact that I found was that US Consumers buy 40% of the worlds toys. Yes, we have lots of stuff!! In a perfect world, toys would be purged as the child grows 0ut of them.
So what should you do when you are surrounded by clutter and the depression comes to call? As we all know, it zaps our energy and paralyzes our emotions.
Here are some simple steps to help you get back on track:
1. Make a plan. Write down what needs to be done in each room.
2. If it makes you feel better, bag or bin all the clutter. This can really help from a visual standpoint.
3. Decide where to begin. Many times clutter falls into the categories of paper, clothes, or toys. There is no right or wrong area to start.
4. Based on your energy level and time, start on small projects.
5. Don't jump around. Start in one room or area at a time. Its important to clear one area.
6. It might get worse before it gets better. Yesterday I worked in a cluttered home and we had alot of items to relocate to different areas. We ended up with many piles to be moved. This is very common when a home has severe clutter. Don't be upset by this. At least you will be able to see what you need to work with for each area.
7. Get it out! Get our your donations or trash immediately. Don't let things sit.
8. Ask for help if you need it. Whether its a professional organizer or a friend, sometimes it helps to have someone keep you on task.
And most importantly- Don't stress yourself out. Go at your own pace! Relish each little project you are able to get done.