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Clutter is defined as a collection of things gathered and untidy. It is seen as multiple unorganized items that are placed together. Do you have items of clutter in your living space? Today we are going to talk that and how clutter affects our mental health.

What Is Clutter?

Clutter around someone’s house is often seen as laziness, however, that is not always the case. There are multiple reasons that people allow clutter to remain. It is often harder to resolve for some than others. In the spirit of understanding one another, let’s talk about the different reasons why some have multiple junk drawers or corners of odds and ends. Do you have a corner or closet in your living space that holds odds and ends that you have not found a place for since purchasing it? Do you feel it affects your stress levels or mental health? Below are some things to consider when deciding if clutter could be an issue in your home.

  • Do you avoid having people over because of the condition of your home
  • Is it hard to get in to and maneuver certain areas of your home
  • Do you have junk drawers of things you never use
  • Clothes that you no longer wear or they don’t fit
  • Lost items that you have purchased new replacements
  • Books, magazines, movies or CD’s that are rarely used that take up a lot of space
  • Collections of things that don’t hold a function

These are listed to give you an idea of how clutter can start. It isn’t to point out that having things is necessarily a bad thing, just that having too many things and collections can affect our mental health. Recognizing where our clutter is and what no longer serves us can free up mental space and help our days feel freer.

How does Clutter Affect Me?

Clutter is more than just stuff laying around. It is linked to lowering our mental processing capabilities and our quality of life. It is easy to understand why we need to look at ourselves and our living spaces and evaluate if there is an area that could use some decluttering. Do you find yourself feeling different in your living space than you do the rest of your day? Is there a heaviness or frustration that takes place when you are at home? Is rest and peace hard to come by? Could clutter be the issue? Below are ways that clutter can impact our lives other than just taking up space.

  • Increased feelings of depression
  • Anxiousness
  • Elevated levels of stress
  • Difficulty thinking or processing
  • Feelings of embarrassment or isolation

Clutter is not the only circumstance that can cause the above symptoms, but it can add to them. If you have clutter in your life, can you relate to the suggestions above? Below we talk about ways to takes steps to clean the clutter and take back that part of your life.

How to Clean Clutter?

Clutter happens. Whether we have been in a busy season, or just had a baby, we can look around one day and realize that we have allowed more stuff to remain than we usually do. It can also be that clutter has been part of your life for the majority, and that is ok. That doesn’t have to stay that way, if you are ready to take action. There are small steps that we can take to resolve clutter and improve our mental health. Are you ready to take on clutter?

  • Choose one area at a time
  • Remove everything from that area
  • Separate items into categories deciding if you still have a use for that item as you go
  • Have donate, trash and keep piles
  • Organize the items you decided to keep into the space you have for them

if you feel overwhelmed, set a timer and only work in that space a given number of minutes each day. Celebrate every item you have donated or been able to recognize as trash. Those items will no longer have space in your place or in your mental capacity. Revisit the newly organized space and congratulate yourself for your work. Even if it was small, celebrate that small step. It takes a lot of small steps to gain great change. But without the small steps of change, there would be no change. Whether clutter is part of your mental health decline or not, when you take a take to tackle it, then you certainly should celebrate.

If you have struggled with clutter as well as mental health issues and you have tried to take steps toward change without success, you are not alone. Upstate Restorative Counseling would like to walk alongside you. We can help you establish steps toward your life goals. Reach out to us, we have a team of counselors trained to help.