My husband is somewhat of a neat freak. OK, scratch the “somewhat.” When we got married, I remember moving my clothes into his (now OUR) closet, and he told me that I was going to need to get rid of all of my mismatched hangers and purchase all white ones. He also nicely ‘recommended’ that I color code my clothes. I tell that story all the time—he was so serious about me not messing up his super organized closet! He had no need to worry, though; I’m a neat freak myself. Sort of. Our house has hardly ANY clutter, but my car… well, that’s a totally different story.
The tip for this month is all about de-cluttering. Think this doesn’t relate to your health? Think again! Having a clutter-filled home, car, and/or office can absolutely cause you to have extra stress in your life. As I’m sure you know, stress can do a number on your body. Have you ever gotten sick from being stressed? I have! Obviously, we can’t avoid stress altogether, but clutter is something we can control that can help lower our stress levels.
Here are a few small tips to help you keep your home as clutter-free as possible!
- Don’t let your laundry pile up. I do a load of laundry every other day or so. If you wait a week or two until everyone runs out of clothes, it becomes a HUGE (and extremely time-consuming) ordeal to get all the clothes washed, dried and folded.
- Don’t let your dishes pile up. If you use a dishwasher, try to immediately put the dishes in there, rather than letting them sit in the sink for days. If you hand wash your dishes, do them as you go! That way it’s not so overwhelming.
- While getting ready, if you try on five different outfits (or pairs of shoes, jewelry, etc.) before finding “the one,” hang up / put away the others before you leave the house.
- Make the bed. It will automatically make your home feel less chaotic.
- Throw away a few things every. Single. Day. My aunt taught me this a long time ago. Make a point to throw away junk mail as you get it, food if it has gone bad, paperwork that is no longer needed, etc.
- Donate, donate, donate! I’m practically on a first-name basis with the folks that work at my local Goodwill. I hardly ever make BIG goodwill runs, but I’m constantly dropping by a few things here and there as needed.
- Get rid of your gift closet. Growing up, my mom made our guest room closet our “gift closet.” From wrapping paper to ribbons, gift bags to sticker tags, it was all in there. And beyond that, she had all sorts of random gifts in there (the woman has bought gifts for babies that weren’t even conceived yet). The reality is, though, most of us go out and specifically buy a gift for a specific occasion. We don’t need a stockpile of gifts. And for me, 90% of my gifts are bought at boutiques that wrap them for me!
As always, give these tips a try and see how it positively affects your life!