Sentimental Clutter after a Loss

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Sentimental clutter are those things you hold onto for no reason other than a memory. You do not have a use for the item. In fact, the item may not even bring you joy. But there is some emotional attachment to the item that is making it difficult to part ways.

Sentimental Clutter After a Loss

 

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Stress caused by CLUTTER

When the clutter in our home starts mounting, our stress levels rise right along with it. Dishes pile up, laundry bins overflow, belongings get misplaced and surfaces go uncleaned for too long — and in turn, we become not only more worried about about keeping the home clean, but also more stressed out in general.

Home organization is one of the most universal stress triggers, according to a recent online survey. Eighty-four percent of recently stressed Americans say they worry that their home isn’t clean or organized enough, and within that group, 55 percent called it out as a source of recent stress.

Combating clutter in your house or apartment is instrumental in creating a calming environment where you feel relaxed, and lowering overall stress levels. The best way to tackle cleaning and organization in your home is to implement small daily routines and actions that will, over time, result in a better-kept home. Get through unwanted piles and excess “stuff” with these tips and tricks for clearing out clutter and expert strategies for tackling both physical and psychological clutter.

It’s also important to make sure that everyone in the home is pulling their weight: Over four in five respondents who were worried about their homes felt like they were responsible for a larger amount of household than others who live with them. Try breaking up cleaning responsibilities or areas of the home into manageable bits, and then assigning them to different roommates or family members so that everyone’s tasks are clearly outlined and the work is evenly divided.

Once your home is clean and clutter-free, it will be easier to maintain the level of cleanliness you desire.

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Thursday THINK

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THINK:

Does your “STUFF” support your life goals?  

                                       Or is it the other way around??

Decluttering, isn’t just about getting your desk and closet in order. It’s about relieving yourself of all the stuff you’re hanging onto from past careers, relationships, and unfinished business.

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There are myriad reasons we keep stuff. You might get around to reading that fat stack of old New Yorker’s one day, or lose 30 pounds and fit into those unworn pants hanging in your closet. But the reality is that we hang onto far more objects than we need, and, instead of motivating us, they become talismans of guilt and shame. 

We also hold onto stuff with the rationalization that we might need it one day. It’s easy enough to hide the things you don’t use or need in the back of a closet or cabinet. But after a while, all those things pile up and you cannot ignore them.

How many items do you need to hold onto before it starts controlling your life?

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LET YOUR GOALS SHAPE YOUR ORGANIZING

Organizing your physical space around the goals you want to achieve will naturally start to declutter your space. Think of a goal you want to achieve and come up with three action steps you can take to get closer to that goal. Prioritizing what you want to get done will allow you to organize your space in a way that makes those goals more tangible.

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Another important step: being ruthlessly honest with yourself about what you really need to get done and what you’re just fooling yourself about.

Staying organized often means keeping your brain from going haywire with distractions. Each morning—type out or write down all the things on your mind that you know you need to get done that day.  Another important step: being ruthlessly honest with yourself about what you really need to get done and what you’re just fooling yourself about.

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Organizing goals in check

Please share any revelations and ideas that help you know what stuff supports your goals.

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Thursday THINK…

 

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We want to get organized and reduce stress, but the truth is that our stress is keeping us from getting organized! Once we take that step to get organized we will be taking steps to reduce stress. Feeling “stressed” is a common complaint these days – in fact, many people have started to think of stress as an unavoidable part of life.

Before we actually get organized let’s stop and think about how many of your “stressors” are rooted in poor organizational habits. Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and the body – and just taking the time to organize your life can lift a great weight off of your shoulders.

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Take a few minutes to examine your life and see where you might be able to make some of these adjustments:

  • Clear Out Some Clutter

  • Learn How To Say No

  • Deal With New Paperwork Right Now

  • Plan Your Day The Night Before

  • Make Time For Yourself Every Day

**  PLEASE share in comments if and how your being organized is affected by stress?…and how you make less stress…… **

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T4T: De-Clutter Tip4Tuesday

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Try the One-Month Cardboard Box Test

Not sure what you use and what you don’t in your kitchen? Here is a tried and true way to find out. Empty the contents of your kitchen utensils drawer into a cardboard box. For one month, put a utensil back into the drawer only if you take it out of the box to use it. If it’s still in the box after four weeks—you don’t need it. Pass it on to charity.

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Thursday ‘THINK’….

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It’s Thursday….and it’s time to ‘THINK’…

Which room(s) is the MOST difficult to keep ORGANIZED and CLUTTER-FREE?

 

EXTRA CREDIT:

In general, how hard is it to keep each room in your house ORGANIZED and FREE of CLUTTER,   on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being hardest. (Share in Comments)

 

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De-cluttering your life is not just about getting rid of things; it’s about reimagining your life processes and improving them to make your day-to-day easier.

Cleaning your home can be a tedious task and procrastinating only makes matters worse. Set up a schedule to clean a part of the house each day rather than saving it all up for your weekend. (Watch for posts to follow with Cleaning Schedule ideas and tips)

Preparing in advance is a great way to avoid stress while helping you feel prepared and confident for any situation. Consider packing your bag the night before work. Your morning will go much smoother and any miscellaneous life “clutter” won’t derail you since you’ve already prepared.

Meal planning has several benefits. By setting the menu before shopping, you avoid unnecessary purchases at the grocery store. Prepping your lunch for the week is just as helpful as packing your bag the night before.

Buy an alarm clock and leave your cell phone in another room at night. Studies show screen time before bed is double trouble. Not only does it make it more challenging to fall asleep, it affects how sleepy and alert you are the next day.1

Aim to be wherever you are going 10 minutes early. This small window of extra time helps you prepare and avoid feeling rushed or overwhelmed.

**Watch for posts to follow with the TOPIC:**  DAILY and WEEKLY Cleaning Schedules to make your day to day easier.

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Cut the Clutter

The first step to organizing your life is to identify what “type” of clutter you have. As the graphic explains, there are four main types of clutter that people are burdened with.

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