Jimi Hendrix once said.” that in order to change the world, you would have to get your head together first.” This interesting thought, however, this applies to virtually any change (improvement) you have in mind. You see, being under a constant pressure (both internal and external) can be quite problematic when faced on a daily basis. Sure, a lot of people experience this at work, but what happens when your home becomes so messy that it prevents you from ever truly relaxing. Faced with a ton of pressure without any hope of relief one is sure to crumble under all that weight. Luckily, all (or at least most) of this can be avoided by learning how to declutter your home and therefore your mind as well.
The biggest problem with holding on to items is a fact that after a while you can get sentimentally attached even to the most unlikely of items. Still, in time the number of these articles may start to exceed the amount of room you have in your home. At some point, this becomes a practical problem, as well. Face it, most of these items you have never used, nor will you. Still, you did hold on to them for quite a while. Was it all for nothing? How can you tell if you are never going to use this item again?
Well, most people adhere to the good three-year rule which states that any item unused in the last three years is likely to stay so. Of course, family heirlooms and personal gifts are exempted from this rule, but how many of those you have laying around in the first place. One last thing, making such an emotional decision is hard, but it may serve as an excellent exercise for numerous future hard decisions to come. In this way, the gain you will face is not only in free space but also in strengthening your resolve. A notion that is truly not easy to top.
2. Set a Date
A lot of people believe that the best way to deal with a huge mess is to do so gradually. Still, such an idea can be as hazardous as they get. The reason behind this is quite simple if you could do such a thing one day at a time you probably won’t be in this mess in the first place. This is why it is usually recommendable to set a date and start one huge cleaning project that will solve all your problems. Sure, this is a lot of work, which is why you should not do it alone. Contact some of your closest friends or family members and ask them to help you out. Four hands work faster than two, but aside from this you will also get much less bored in the process.
Furthermore, setting a definitive date is important for two additional more reasons. First of all, you can ask your boss for a day off to go on with this, after all, who wants to face this kind of hard work during weekends. It would even be great if you could get a day after as well (so you can rest and recuperate). Finally, in a case where you have to make an appointment with people behind your storage solutions of choice (should you need one), you would have to have a definitive date.
3.Repurpose Your Living Space
Once all is set and done, you will get a ton of free space inside of your own home, which brings us to our next question – what to do with it? When it comes to fighting a mental pressure, there is nothing as useful as making a tiny ‘me-room’ inside of your own home, to serve as your getaway, your own personal oasis. For people who have a lot of space, it would be great if you could dedicate an entire room for this purpose, while those with huge yards might even want to think towards constructing a gazebo. Nonetheless, building a tiny reading nook in the corner of your living room may sometimes be as effective.
One final thought, keep in mind that decluttering of your mind and home is a never ending process. Each day, you get bombarded with a ton of new information, items, and concepts, which are bound to create new clutter if you let them. The key lies in taking some time for yourself every day in order to get both your home and mind in order. Sure, you may feel as if you are in a too much rush for it, but according to Sydney J. Harris: “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”
Meet Victoria Lim:
Victoria is a journalist, freelance stylist, and a girl a distinctive taste for home decor. She’s passionate about writing, sharing tips and DIY projects. When she’s not writing she tries to squeeze in as much traveling and discovering more inspiration for her projects as she can. You can connect with Victoria on her Twitter account here!
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