When thinking about the factors that contribute to mental and physical wellness, we typically list exercise, eating healthfully, connecting with others, sleep and so on, but there is one activity that is frequently overlooked and yet is arguably one of the most important aspects of well-being: decluttering.
As you sit and read this article, take a look around you. Are you surrounded by excess stuff? How do you feel when you see the clutter? Do you feel overwhelmed, ashamed or stuck and don’t know where to start? Your feelings are totally normal because clutter is burdensome.
The good news is that decluttering is doable, and the process of letting go has a multitude of benefits. Think of the clutter as a mental fog and as you remove an item, the fog starts to clear. As each item goes, you start to feel less stress and more confident. Over time, your creativity returns, productivity increases and relationships improve. From there, you’ll see an improvement in your safety, finances and physical health.
When you are ready to begin, start small, and know that you don’t have to declutter everything at once. Pick one room or area to focus on and remember to leave the sentimental items to the end. You may benefit by having a professional home organizer guide you throughout the process, keeping you accountable and on track.
Kira Vanderlan is a professional home organizer, stager and interior designer. She is the owner of the Maple Grove-based company Zestful Design. Find more at zestfuldesign.com.