Less clutter, less stress

Have you noticed the difference in how you feel can depend on the amount of clutter around?

Clutter is a reminder of what all we need to do.  Pay the bills, read the mail, do the dishes, put away the clothes. It reminds us that we have a decision to make and work to do.  Sometimes it can feel overwhelming since there is so much clutter – where do I even start?

How do you feel when you have at least one area that is clean and clutter free?  It is usually much easier to relax there.

Here are a few tips if you need to deal with clutter.

Think of it as part of a plan.  The situation didn’t get this way overnight (usually), so it will take some time to get organized the way you like.  Start with a time limit, a few minutes at a time devoted to this task, so it’s not an all weekend event that you dread.  Have some fun and listen to some music while you work.

Address one thing at a time.  Clean out one drawer or closet in one room.  Get caught up in one thing you are behind on and decide to keep up with it.

Once you start noticing progress, it will help to keep you motivated.

Decide on at least one area that you will get and keep clutter free.  Once it is done, it can be a place to go to relax and feel refreshed.  Imagine a place without anything demanding your attention or requiring a decision or any action.  With just a few minutes of peace, you may find your mind open to the ideas and answers that you need in your life.  With that peace, you can also rid your mind of some of the clutter that gets in the way.

You may find that you have too much stuff.  Recycle or donate what you can, and toss what is trash.

Clear up the clutter and notice how much your stress goes down.  It’s simple, but not always easy.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

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