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Declutter to Feel Better!

By Randi Morse

They say that your environment reflects your mind. This means if you live in an extremely ordered home, you likely have an extremely ordered mind. What about those people who live in a cluttered home? Does this mean that they have a cluttered mind? They may not only have a cluttered mind, they might be exposing themselves to health problems. A study completed in 2016 from the University of New Mexico looked at how clutter connected with the satisfaction people had in their life. The study found that people who live in cluttered homes are often more dissatisfied with their life. 

Home Sweet Clutter 

Most people feel that their home is a retreat from the rest of the world. It is supposed to be the place where you can go to relax, rest, and recharge. When any direction you look in has things to clean, or things you haven't completed, it can be difficult to rest. This raises your stress level which can potentially cause, or exacerbate, problems with your health. If you live in a cluttered home you may find you have a more difficult time focusing on tasks and you may also have problems with your mental health. 

Tips to Declutter 

It can be extremely intimidating to think about having to declutter a home. If you take things step by step and go one item at a time, the process will go much smoother and much more comfortably. To start with, select one room to work on first. It's often best if you select a small room, such as a bathroom. Bring either three boxes, or three garbage bags, into the room with you. One is for items you want to keep, one is for items you want to donate or sell, and the last is for items that belong in the trash. Take your time and go through each item. Ask yourself if you need the item you're holding, if you've used it in the past six months, and if you will realistically use the item in the next six months. If you haven't used the item in six months, and have no explicit plans to use it, it's time to either donate it or trash it. 

The feeling you get from decluttering one room should give you the boost you need to clear out the other rooms. Take your time and do each room when you feel comfortable. After all, it's no good decluttering rooms to improve your mental health if you get too stressed out about the idea of doing it. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in The Woodlands, Tex.

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