When someone comes to me and tells me that they are looking to improve their outlook on life, the first assignment I give them is to clean out their closets. I know it’s annoying and frustrating that something so simple can be so powerful, but I stand by the impact getting organized can have. If your feeling out of sorts, out of control, or like you need a significant change, start by clearing out the junk, tossing the clothes that don’t fit or you don’t wear, and organize your space so you can quickly access your garments, shoes, and purses.
When we’re surrounded by clutter, piles of laundry, and countless projects, it significantly impacts our mood, attitude, and overall mental health. You’re surrounded by a real-life, in-your-face to-do list that you can’t seem to manage.
Once your space is in order, it gives you an instant boost of pride and self-satisfaction that helps you to feel more confident and capable. You have slain the clutter dragon and should feel empowered! You’ve also set the stage to dramatically improve critical areas of your life that you probably didn’t even consider.
- Your relationship will improve – I know how crazy this bullet point is, but I swear I’m not bullshitting you. Clutter creates conflict. There is shame and embarrassment surrounding having a mess, which can create an emotional boundary between you and your partner. Decluttering gives you space and energy to focus on your relationship.
- You will experience reduced stress – Less mess equals less stress. Ruminating over all of the things you need to get done but can’t ever seem to get done is a stress inducer. Clutter is a constant reminder of everything that you’re not doing and can quickly make you feel like you’re failing. Clearing your space allows you to relax your mind and body and decompress from other stressors in your life.
- Your sleep will improve – Your more relaxed at home because the piles of shit have been cleared out. You’re able to relax without feeling guilt or shame. Creating a habit of making your bed and washing your sheets makes luxuriating in bed so much more attractive.
- You will make healthier choices – Your space is looking gorgeous, which means that you’re feeling beautiful on the inside. You’ll want to keep this momentum going by making more mindful choices about your health.
- Eases your symptoms of anxiety and depression – If you’re one of the millions of people living with anxiety or depression then you know that clutter and mess can exacerbate your symptoms and make you feel like things are even more out of control than they are. I don’t want to mislead you into thinking that organizing your space will miraculously make your depression and anxiety go away. It won’t. Take a deep breath and start one step at a time. Do what you can when you feel like you can and it will definitely help you.
This task is simple enough, but the real challenge comes with keeping it that way. Keeping your space organized frees up your time and energy to focus on what is most important to you and has a real impact on your overall quality of life. Focus on small projects at a time. Anything longer than an hour or so will leave you feeling overwhelmed and depleted.
Being organized doesn’t have to take a ton of time or effort. Don’t worry about being perfect or getting everything done all at once. Focus one eliminating items that no longer serve you and removing distractions. Stay consistent in your efforts, and you will notice significant changes in no time.