Juggling work, family and home commitments can result in very dis-organised homes and lives that can become stressful as a result. But taking the time to get more organised can reduce the stress of busy modern living.
If the home environment is crammed full of belongings that are no longer used on a regular basis then why are many of us so reluctant to organise this clutter that makes it difficult to find the things we do need regularly. The lucky few may have vast storage cupboards or choose to live in a minimalist home but the majority of us tend to just keep accumulating stuff until our homes are overflowing with items we often don’t even remember that we own.
In reality many of us are simply hoarders who find it hard to part with any possessions. This can be particularly true of anything owned by our children: old toys, books, baby clothes that they have long grown out of using or wearing. And when your beloved offspring leave home as adults you can be certain they will not want to take all this clutter with them.
So why do we persist in hoarding such things? And, worse, continue to accumulate items that will be the clutter of the future until the storage in our homes can no longer cope and living with such clutter simply adds stress to our already busy lives?
Some forms of stress exist in our lives because we choose to live in a certain way – we might, for example, always be rushed in the morning because we choose to sleep a little later than we should. Or we might suffer stress due to the type of career we have chosen to pursue, but these are conscious decisions that can create a stressful situation or environment and the cause of the stress is usually obvious.
But there are also the less obvious causes of stress in our living environments that are less easy to recognise because of their constancy and familiarity – one of those causes is disorganised personal possessions.
Typically, there is no single cause of stress (and some may be serious financial, health or relationship problems that are not easy to solve) but a simple way to reduce the stress that is within your control is to get more organised; and, more than that, be ruthless about what you really need to keep.
So if your possessions can no longer be contained by your storage cupboards and your surfaces are piled high; if your loft, garage and garden shed are overflowing but you are simply not suited to the minimalist lifestyle then an obvious solution is to declutter and give away, recycle or donate to charity as much as you can. Dedicating a whole week-end (or two) to the process can bring surprising results.
For those of you who are far too sentimental to have a major declutter why not rent a self storage unit so you can benefit from the stress reduction of organising your possessions without actually having to part with them. If you only keep in your home the items that you use regularly then you will have less to store so it will be easier to organise and you can transform your home into an organised haven of calm.