Feeling overwhelmed as we head into the holiday season? Having clutter around your home can cause emotional drainage, leaving you feeling tired and hopeless. Decluttering your home before winter sets in is an excellent way to improve creativity and positive energy.
Here are some ways decluttering can improve your life (and how Junk360 can help).
Clutter and Its Impacts
Clutter is anything you don’t like, don’t need, or don’t use. It can negatively influence, or even completely block, the flow of events and positive energy in many areas of your life.
Some basic ways clutter can impact you include:
- Fatigue: A home cluttered with junk can drain you visually, emotionally, and physically.
- Frustration: Too much stuff is overwhelming and we can’t handle it all. This leads to that hopeless, it’s-out-of-my-control feeling.
- Wellness: Clutter makes it harder to clean your environment, creating a haven for bacteria. These microscopic organisms can trigger allergies and increase your overall risk of illness.
On the other hand, a clean, organized home has numerous positive impacts. This includes:
- Improve concentration
- Increased creativity
- An overall boost in mood
- More focus
- Better sleep patterns
- A focus on the future instead of the past.
There’s no downside to decluttering your home. However, the process itself can be stressful and time-consuming. Here are some tips so you can start tackling that space today!
How to Declutter Your Home
When you undertake the decluttering process, there are three things to keep in mind.
- Go Slow: Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Instead, carve out two to three hours per day. See what gets done, and then take a break. Doing so will keep you from getting stuck, and allow you to begin the next day with a positive outlook.
- Bring in an Objective Party: Going through all your old belongings is a challenge. Going through all your old belongings objectively is practically impossible. In that case, bringing in an objective third party can make the decisions easier. These people will help you navigate the emotional terrain effectively.
- Ask Your Family and Friends for Help: Tell your loved ones you’re decluttering! This will allow them to rescue reusable items from your donation or junk pile. Also, you might need help moving some of the heavier objects…
When you’re decluttering, set up a space, bag, or box for the items you’re getting rid of. At the end of each day, go through those items and organize them into three sections:
- Sell: If there are items you want to sell, contact your local consignment store. Craigslist and eBay are also great ways to sell your stuff online.
- Donate: Less valuable objects make great donations. Call your local charities to find out what items they need. Some of them will even come pick those items up themselves, saving you a trip!
- Junk: At the end of the day, throw out everything in your junk pile. Don’t give yourself a chance to rethink it. It’s worthwhile to hire a professional junk removal service for larger items, such as furniture and old appliance.