We live in a material world and with all the advertising we see on TV or social media we seem to buy things that we don’t need and before long we find our homes filled with items we don’t need.
Decluttering to improve your attention
Psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter says: “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.”
In a study performed by researchers from Princeton University, people who live in an environment filled with stuff were found to be less capable of prolonged focus than those in an organized, serene environment.
This was because hyper-stimulation of the visual cortex contributed to preventing the brain from efficiently processing information, which leads to delayed attention, and response-time to the task at hand. Having your environment in disarray which led to people feeling frazzled wasn’t just about that persons behavior but also a psychological impact.
Decluttering as a form of stress-relief
Living or working in a messy environment isn’t only harsh on your eyes it is hard to concentrate. A study conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Centre on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF), the relationship between 32 Californian, middle-class families and the objects in their homes was examined over the course of four years.
The research found that the more the clutter the higher the family experienced stress hormones especially with the mothers in the family.
Minimalism as unfiltered joy
You can’t scroll on social media without seeing videos of how you can declutter your home, and how to make your home a peaceful and tranquil place. The videos talk about removing what we don’t need from our homes, it is almost taking us back to our grandparent’s time and before where homes only had what they really needed and luxury items almost didn’t exist.
How to Declutter Your Home to Declutter Your Life
Decluttering can appear a bit daunting to even think about let alone actually do, but once you start it is amazing how much you find you don’t need. The benefits on your mental well-being far outweigh the having a home filled with what you thought you needed when in fact you don’t.
Old toiletries, bottles, and gels lying around…that are likely expired!
Dried up nail polish face it…there’s no use here
Worn out bathmats, not to mention these fabrics probably contain a lot of dirty germs
Old air freshener or dried up potpourri that can’t be refreshed with oil
Your living room:
Newspapers and magazines
DVDs if you haven’t watched them in a while donate them to charity
Toys your kids don’t play with donate the toys your growing kids don’t use
Old unused batteries this item collects in a lot of households, be sure to dispose of them properly
Furniture manual if your table is already assembled, you don’t need the manual
Your bedroom and wardrobe:
Worn out sheets and bedding
Scarves and other accessories general rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in the past year, toss it!
Old, unused hangers
Old dresses unless of course, they hold sentimental value
Stockings with runs
Duplicate cooking utensils you don’t need two cheese graters
Extra and unused chipped coffee mugs
Old spices that you haven’t used in a while they will no doubt be out of date anyway
Old shopping bags unless you used them for trash get rid of that huge pile that’s taking up cupboard space.
There are a few ideas to get you started, but once you start you will find yourself becoming brutal in getting rid of things you haven’t used in a long time or never used and when done you will find your home a much more tranquil place to live in.