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How Clutter Affects Your Time, Money, and Stress

Stress

Examples of stress clutter can cause:

  • Having guests over becomes an embarrassment or an event that takes all-day preparation.
  • Each room carries visual reminders of all the work that needs to be done in the way of cleaning.
  • According to the principles of feng shui, clutter drains you of your positive energy.

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How Clutter Affects Your Time, Money, and Stress

How Clutter Affects Your Time, Money, and Stress

https://www.verywellmind.com/the-cost-of-clutter-3144688

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Time

Clutter drains you of your time. If you live in a cluttered place, you will spend extra time looking for lost items: keys, money, shoes, tools, etc. 

And even when you’re looking right at the lost item, it becomes difficult to see when surrounded by clutter.

Money

  • When you don’t have financial papers organized, bills can get lost, causing you to accrue fees for being late with the payments.
  • Replacing lost items and buying duplicates of those we didn’t realize we already had can carry a cost that adds up quickly.

Stress

Examples of stress clutter can cause:

  • Having guests over becomes an embarrassment or an event that takes all-day preparation.
  • Each room carries visual reminders of all the work that needs to be done in the way of cleaning.
  • According to the principles of feng shui, clutter drains you of your positive energy.

A Realistic Level of Clutter

Guidelines to follow to help you decide where you should draw the line on clutter:

  • Company. Do you like to have your home neat enough to have drop-in company? 
  • Organization. Is your home organized enough that you can generally find everything you’re looking for without having to search?
  • Stress level. Can you truly relax in your home or is it an energy drain?

Cull the Clutter

  • Go in every room and divide your things into four boxes: things to donate, things to throw away, things to keep, and things to store. If you don’t need it or love it, consider getting rid of it.
  • Go through your box of things to keep and find a place for everything. 
  • Finish one room before moving on to the next.

Keeping your home organized:

  • If a job takes around 30 seconds or less to do, do it immediately: put away your shoes or sort your mail.
  • Watch your ‘hot spots’. Clutter tends to accumulate in the same places: the front door, the kitchen table.
  • When you take something out, you should simply put it back.
  • Stop receiving junk mail: to cut down on paper clutter is to get rid of the junk before it comes in.
  • Put on some music and take 15 minutes a day, to clean.

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... that no longer inspire you. Just because something made you happy in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.

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You might not be in a position to choose your workspace, but there are quick fixes: look for a spot with natural light from a window or skylight, take a walk outside when you feel stuck, or simply explore a new location. 

A new environment can quite literally lead to new ideas.

Task association

It's when your brain knows that when you’re in a certain place, you’re taking a certain action.

Take advantage of the way different locations affect you. Our brains love habits, and if we can associate certain qualities with different places, it can help us get into a better working flow. 

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