Just as traffic and roadblocks can leave you feeling stressed, so can clutter in your home. Easily reduce stress and live clutter free with these tips.
Clutter Free Can Change Your Life
Just as traffic and roadblocks can leave you feeling stressed if you are driving, so can clutter in your home. Having to walk around furniture that sticks out, dodge books piled high on the floor, and find enough space on the dining table so you can eat, will leave you feeling annoyed, anxious and frustrated. You can easily reduce stress if you lessen household clutter.
Deciding to become full time RV’ers can be an overwhelming decision. Just thinking about all the stuff we had accumulated in our home over the years, was just the beginning. Going from a 2700 square foot home to a 300 square ft tiny house can be a daunting task…but we had to start somewhere.
While some people find the act of cleaning helps them feel less stressed, just about everyone benefits emotionally from keeping a tidy home, free from clutter. Clutter itself may be an indication that you are already stressed, and so do not feel up to tidying things away at home. However, letting clutter build up can make you far worse.
Extreme hoarders of junk and clutter are often deemed by observers to be troubled and emotionally unstable. Although it is presumed that they were this way to begin with, hence the excess clutter, it is fair to say that the juries out on whether it is the clutter that feeds negativity and depression, or whether the mess is simply a symptom of emotional unrest.
Once people treat their homes like a bottomless pit to fill with items, they run the risk of becoming unstable. Living long term in a home overrun with junk and useless objects does not provide a great atmosphere for emotional wellness, or for good physical health. When clutter piles high, it can be hard to remember what lays beneath that should have gone out with the trash. Pests may see your clutter as a dining opportunity, and move in amongst it happily.
Here’s What to do
If your home fits the bill, try making positive changes. Throwing out a few items each day and being firm about not continuing to contribute further to the mess will help. If you have useful household items you have doubled up on, consider selling them to make extra money, or giving them to charity. You will soon discover parts of the carpets in your home you have not seen for some time.
I sold a ton of stuff on Facebook Marketplace, mostly the big furniture, and then we opened up our house with everything in it for sale. We had stuff inside and outside…and boy did
we I have a lot of stuff! (yeah, most of it’s mine.) Where does all this stuff come from????
When the clutter is reduced, your stress will follow suit as you discover you can find what you are looking for again. You will feel happier about welcoming guests into your home. Your social life will improve. You will have more time to do what you want to do, instead of clambering through clutter, searching for things you need.
Do we really need this many shoes? (This didn’t even put a dent in my shoe collection by the way! lol) But since I broke my ankle and had a total knee replacement, I was most likely never going to wear any of my flip flops or heels anymore.
Unclutter your home and you will go a long way to achieving a balanced emotional state. When you can see clearly around you and breathe in your home, you will feel more relaxed and less stressed. Make your home a comfortable haven where you can be yourself. But also have space to operate, be joyful, and think straight. So whether you just want to declutter or you are thinking about living in an RV full time, hopefully some of these tips will help.
Be sure to check out our other clutter free posts in this series. You can find them below. Are you thinking about living in an RV full time?