Is decluttering beneficial for our overall health & wellbeing?

Meditating Woman

Questions people frequently ask are:

  • What is defined as Clutter?
  • Is it harmful to my overall physical &/or mental health & wellbeing?
  • Can decluttering change my life for the better?
  • Why do I not seem to be able to declutter myself

 

What is defined as clutter?

According to the dictionary clutter is: A collection of things lying around in an untidy state.’ 

This could manifest in one or more of the following ways:

  • Untidy kitchen surfaces can make food preparation difficult. The items on the surface may be useful, but not for the task in hand. As a direct result, they are in the way, & therefore cluttering the space.
Cluttered Kitchen top
  • Cluttered Kitchen Cupboards where items are not visible, piled up and difficult to retrieve, can result in items falling out & causing injury. In addition, if items are not visible replacements may be purchased unnecessarily ot they may go past their ‘use by’ dates.
  • Cluttered home offices with piles of paperwork can result in important papers getting lost or not being attended to on time. This can result in additional costs & stress.

 

In each of the cases above, it may be that the disorganised way the items are managed creates a cluttered environment and not necessarily that there is too much ‘stuff’. However, that being said, generally cluttered living spaces, are the result of a combination of both too much ‘stuff’ & a lack of organisation.

In extreme cases, the possessions take over people’s lives and renders some rooms completely disfunctional and extremely hazardous, affecting all the occupants.

Is clutter harmful to my physical &/or mental health & wellbeing?

I passionately believe that our homes should be havens for rest & relaxation, which are stress free and contribute in a positive way to our overall health & wellbeing both physically & mentally.

Sadly, in the current general holistic approach to health, the ambience of our homes is rarely referred to in the mix. This is something I very much want to address

If our homes do not serve us well, they can add to anxiety & depression. Living in an environment that we dislike & find stressful, is very bad for our overall health and wellbeing. It can sap our energy, plus the motivation to make healthy choices, and so the cycle continues.

In truth, our homes should be the one thing that we can be in control of, and therefore not be the cause of stress and anxiety.

Hallways are very important as they are our welcoming space. Ideally, they should be clutter free, and maybe have fresh flowers, a plant, or a favourite ornament. Natural light is an added bonus!

wellcoming hallway

If we continue to ignore the things that we dislike about our home, we are left with a continuous residual anxiety.

This anxiety will be ongoing in our sub conscious minds. If unchecked, it can manifest in extreme anxiety, an overwhelming sense of not being able to cope, and ultimately depression.

Can Decluttering change my life for the better?

Yes, it can……..

  • If we rid ourselves of unnecessary items, everything becomes more manageable and thus our anxiety reduces.
  • Decluttering creates more space and a sense of order.
  • If everything has a ‘home’ so to speak, it becomes easier for all the occupants of a home to find things.
  • There is less waste and unnecessary spend on purchasing items that we cannot locate or on replacing food that has gone out of date.
  • An ordered and practical kitchen can make food preparation enjoyable and even relaxing. This may also lead to more healthy eating patterns.
  • With a more spacious environment, we are able to see and enjoy the items that we love, such as pictures and ornaments etc.
  • With the inner contentment which can arise from an improved ambience in our homes, we become more mindful of selfcare, nurture & love.
  • We can begin to introduce things that add to a relaxing atmosphere such as playing more nourishing music, having fresh flowers and lighting aromatic candles in the evening.
  • With a renewed confidence in our home, we can be re-motivated to entertain friends and family again.

 

Why do I not seem to be able to declutter myself?

Often people feel overwhelmed by the task in hand. Not knowing where to start, often results in procrastination.

  • Some people attempt to start, but if they have no system in place to measure their progress, they soon feel that they are not making real headway, they falter, get demotivated, and eventually give up.
  • This can then result in an overwhelming feeling of being a failure.
  • If someone does not have natural organising skills, they are almost trying to do the impossible by decluttering alone.
  • There is nothing wrong in acknowledging that we need help, guidance and support with any tasks that appear daunting to us.
  • I may be a brilliant organiser, but I acknowledge that I am not good at DIY, so I always get help with tasks I find daunting. No one is good at everything, so we all need help with certain things and it is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

You can find ‘Tips on how to declutter’ in my blog here,  which I hope you find useful.

If you want to book a free 30 minute consultation call you can do so here.

Alternatively you can email me directly at pauline.purves@pleasanthomes.co.uk 

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