Did you know that those piles of papers, cluttered closets, and garages from hell are making you sick and overweight?
Clutter is defined as a crowded or confused mass or collection. Disorganized spaces cause stress and clutter bombards our senses, overstimulating our brains. Clutter distracts from focus and leads to feelings of guilt that one should be more organized. Even worse, stress of ANY kind erodes our health. Stress increases cortisol production leading to weight gain. Additionally, stress decreases nutrient absorption by impairing liver, pancreas and stomach function. The links to heart disease and stroke are also well – documented.
How do we fix this?
This answer is simple.
Let me show you how:
- Make a plan.
- Chose a category (books, moments, clothing) OR an area (drawer or closet or room)
- Block off time
- Collect boxes/bags for sorting
- Purchase organizing containers or systems
- Gather some cleaning supplies
- Pick (and play) your favorite music to match the project
- Remove everything in that area to allow for cleaning and upgrading.
- Clear all the shelves.
- Dump entire drawers.
- Remove EVERYTHING out of the closet.
- Clean empty space thoroughly. Maybe touch up with paint or shelf liner.
- Touch each removed item and ask the following questions:
- Do I like it?
- Do I use it?
- Does it spark joy?
- Sort the items according to your answers to the above questions.
- Exchange party (this is a good idea for jewelry or kitchen items)
- Enjoy the space
- Breathe deeply
- Bring up the corners of your mouth.
You can do this alone or with a friend or a coach. Your body and mind and family will thank you!