Chronic clutter and disorganization can cause stress in several ways, affecting mental health more than you think.
When this happens, it can lead to chronic stress which can have a deep impact on a person’s life.
This is why a yearly spring clean of your environment is needed.
Below are some of the common reasons why chronic disorganization can also lead to chronic stress:
The more you see clutter, the more your mind reacts to it, whether you like it or not.
You can ignore clutter as much as you want, but below your mind’s surface, your subconscious mind is working overtime to find solutions to the chronic clutter. Unfortunately, without conscious guidance your subconscious cannot create concrete and practical solutions.
A cluttered environment is hard to manage and navigate. You will have to spend double or triple the normal time just trying to find the things that you need. Often, people look for things when they are urgently needed so the stress increases even more.
Things Are Lost
There will be situations where you won’t be able to find the things you need because of all the clutter. So you will spend a lot of time searching for stuff buried under the chronic clutter and at the end of the day, your efforts will yield nothing. This is the harsh reality of disorganization that we have to accept in order to motivate ourselves to finally get organized.
Reduced Living Space
Clutter can easily consume your living space to the point that you will only have a small nook left to move about.
Shows like “Hoarders” are extreme examples of how organization problems can increase to the point where people are actually threatened with eviction by landlords and housing councils if they don’t clean up the messes in their homes and yards.
If your home is chronically cluttered, you may feel embarrassed about the situation and this may lead to ignoring requests of friends to come over.
You may be limited to meeting friends in restaurants and other outdoor locations, which may not always be the most convenient option for all parties concerned.
How can you motivate yourself to become more organized?
Getting the right type of motivation can be hard especially if you’re “going solo” and your support network is very small. Don’t worry – you can still do it!
Here are some ways that you can motivate yourself to finally clean up your clutter at home or at work:
Create a De-Cluttering Schedule
Procrastination is the number one enemy of would-be clutter warriors. It’s very easy to say you’ll do something tomorrow, a week from now or two months from now.
The human mind cannot fully grasp the passage of time, so a year’s worth of procrastination may feel like a week. You will have a much higher success rate if you set a specific day and hour for your first de-cluttering effort.
Do everything to remind yourself to clean up on the appointed day, even to the extent that you have to cancel other appointments so that you can get something done.
Kick-start Your Efforts With Visitors
This is one of the fastest and most practical ways to get motivated. Invite some friends over for dinner or a movie night so that your mind can finally relinquish its inhibitions about getting organized.
Be sure to invite friends that you secretly want approval from so you will become really motivated to take action. It sounds silly at the outset, but trust me, the most brilliant ways to get rid of clutter come out when you’re having some great friends over.
Find Your Tolerance Level
This is extremely important for long-term management of clutter. Some people are averse to the idea of having clutter anywhere in their house while some are completely oblivious to disorganization.
You’re feeling stressed about the clutter at home or in the office because the clutter has exceeded your tolerance level.
You need to identify your tolerance level and use it as a benchmark for staying organized. If you start feeling stressed about the clutter, you have to do something immediately to relieve the stress (e.g. by cleaning up).
This is the only way that you will be able to remove this major stressor for good. Don’t worry – you will soon develop practical routines for getting clutter out of the way!
Often how you feel about yourself is reflected in how you care about your environment. If you don’t feel good about yourself, you are less likely to take care of your environment.
Certain supplements can help to get you feeling better and get more energized so you can take care of your environment.
Drink some green tea to get yourself motivated and take an herbal adaptogen. Adaptogen herbs like maca and ginseng can give you more stamina, energy and focus to stay on track – just what you need to get organized.
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