Believe it or not, the clutter around your home can have a huge impact on your mental health. In many people, it causes anxiety that can cause other problems like insomnia, risk of heart disease and depression.
It also has a sort of snowball effect as it can take on a life of its own when it gets particularly bad. The worse it is, the harder it is to get motivated to clean it up once and for all. But, you must find a way to do it because it is going to make a huge difference in your life once you get a handle on it.
In this article, I will go over what you need to do to get your clutter under control and get your life back.
Everything has its place
The first step in getting rid of clutter is to make sure that you have a spot for everything. Group certain things together and know where they are at all times. This means creating a system to get organized.
Once you have decided how you will group your things, then put them in containers and use label tapes to easily see what’s inside. Next, prioritize your containers. What that means is to decide which things are going to be used often and what can be stored.
Most people just put their off-season clothes away somewhere and leave it at that. But do the same for the kitchen by understanding the tools and plate ware that you don’t use much so you can put them away in a closet or buffet.
The same goes for your bedroom. If your bedroom closet is full of blankets that you rarely use, or you have clothes piling up in a corner but don’t know where to put them then this system will help.
Digitize your documents
File cabinets end up getting too full and then you end up with papers stacked on your desk that end up lost for all intents and purposes. To save space and your sanity, scan all of your documents and then store them in a file that is organized and secure.
As soon as you read a document then make it a habit to scan it right away. Then you can file it away and not worry about it. Also, organize that file cabinet and only keep relevant materials in it. The rest can end up in boxes that get stored in the basement or somewhere out of the home.
Rent a storage unit
It’s a good idea to just get rid of things that you aren’t really using much anymore. Some things are difficult to get rid of or will serve some importance later on. For those types of items, you should look into a storage unit to rent where you can get a lot of your things packed away and out of site. If you live in an apartment then this is very useful.
Many of these units cost just a few dollars a month for a small one so they are not going to bust your budget.
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