Decluttering 101

Decluttering 101

How often do you feel stressed about life? For some of us, that is a familiar, everyday feeling. Did you know, taking steps to make physical space around you can go a long way in helping you to feel better and more peaceful about other circumstances! Today, we have some key tips from author and queen organizer Jane Stoller for how to declutter your home, and live a more organized life.

Decluttering your space can help declutter your brain, making you less stressed, and more productive. You should declutter year-round, not only during your annual spring cleaning time.  it helps to keep a pre-labelled box with the word donate on it, making it easy to declutter daily! Make the box easily accessible, so that it can be a staple in your house and encourage everyone to participate.  Soon it will be part of your everyday routine to declutter.  

The bottom line is, if you do not use it or need it, it’s clutter and needs to go. Going back to my organizing mantra: the most important thing is that the items you keep fit your lifestyle, and if they don’t, they’re better off somewhere else.

Start small and give yourself a goal for each room or part of your life. Some decluttering gurus suggest tackling categories instead of rooms—for example, starting with all of your clothing, or all of your books. Regardless of where you start, if you’re surrounded by clutter, whether it’s in a work area or a leisure area, then stress will always be lingering. Don’t believe me? A 2011 study by Stephanie McMains and Sabine Kastner featured in The Journal of Neuroscience argues that having less clutter means having more time, which means more hours to relax, sleep, eat healthy, and do the things you love. A 2009 study by Darby Saxbe and Rena Repetti in The Social Phycology Bulletin goes a step further, arguing that having a clutter-free home can even mean a healthier marriage.  

Start small, and set simple goals to help you organize and declutter your life! Check out Jane's book for more tips!

Jane Stoller is the author of "Organizing for Your Lifestyle," a fun and inspiring guide to organizing all aspects of your life, from socks to suitcases. To learn more, go to OrganizingForYourLifestyle.com  

 

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