The Physical and Mental Benefits of Decluttering

Today we have a guest host- Josh Kruk from Uncle Bobs Self Storage:

The Physical and Mental Benefits of Decluttering:

If you feel distracted or unable to relax, these are classic signs of stress. One thing that’s been proven to cause stress is clutter around your home.

“Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important,” said Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter in her article Why Mess Causes Stress.

This type of ongoing stress can even have negative effects on your immune system, heart, lungs and other key physiological functions. Not to mention psychological toll.

“When you’re surrounded by more things than you can manage, it sends a visual message that your life is out of control,” the Mayo Clinic reported.

So it’s actually to your benefit physically and mentally to declutter your home. Yes it’s daunting, but there are measures you can take to take the stress out of organizing your home.

Home organizing experts often promote the “three pile” system to start off. Designate your items for keeping, trashing or donation. Stick to this system and be honest with yourself. If an item has been sitting in your closet for a year, you probably don’t need it.

Declutter expert Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room says that daily routines are important to organizing. The commitment to keeping these routines helps maintain focus.

“My routines are simple and feasible, and they give me the satisfaction of being on track with my day,” she says.

Also, she notes that it’s important to account for your busy schedule. Section off 30 minutes of your day and designate it as “declutter time.” If you have children, get them involved so they understand the importance of keeping it up.

If you decide to transport or move items out, there are many places you can visit for moving supplies and truck rentals in Chicago.

These are just a few ways to start organizing your home, and therefore your mind and life. Stay up with Erin on her blog “Organizing with Erin” for the latest organizing tips and tricks.

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