Decluttering your Home and your Mindset
Navigating through the ‘new normal’ can be tricky. Not only are we grappling with the notion of less social time, but we’ve also been forced to move our workspaces into our living rooms and do our jobs at home. This melding of work and home life can cause a fair amount of transition anxiety, many refer to “COVID anxiety”. And this anxiety, along with any mental health condition, can significantly reduce our motivation to clean, causing clutter in the home.
Psychologists believe that our mental state significantly affects our ‘motivation meter’. Of course, low motivation due to this COVID anxiety can make us less inclined to tidy up around the home, meaning things become cluttered. And this environment, whether we’re aware of it or not, directly feeds back into our mental state, and affects our productivity, eating habits, visual processing and efficient thinking. (source)
Under that pile of paperwork is your space, so let’s reclaim it!
To declutter your décor:
Organising consultant Marie Kondo says “keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.” Essentially, if it’s not there for a reason, it doesn’t need to be there. For those who have trouble letting go, it’s a great idea to ‘trial’ the items’ disappearance, by putting it in a box and storing it out of sight for a few weeks. If it doesn’t cross your mind while it’s in it’s ‘trial’, you’ll know you’ve made the right call when it’s time to donate it/throw it out.
To declutter your wardrobe:
Letting go of clothing doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Rather than throwing the clothes away, consider donating them, and shifting your mindset from “I’m losing this” to “I’m doing something great for someone who needs it”. Becoming Minimalist suggests donating clothes you never wear. They say “to identify them, simply hang all your clothes with hangers in the reverse direction. After wearing an item, face the hanger in the correct direction. Discard all the clothes you never touched after a few months.”
To declutter your workspace:
According to Zen Habits, paper accounts for a great portion of clutter. So finding a place to file your paperwork, mail and notes is a fantastic start. From as little as $20, you can get a whole filing system from Kmart, including a mail organiser, desk organiser, in/out tray, and drawer organiser. Assigning a spot to every item is important, and it wouldn’t hurt to label each area so you remember where everything goes. And, just as you would at work, take a moment to clean your workspace at the end of each day.
To declutter your mind:
Most importantly, if everything is feeling a bit too much right now or if you’re struggling with transition anxiety or COVID-19 in general, reach out to beyond blue, lifeline, or the black dog institute for resources, support and guidance.
Mess equals stress – and that’s something we don’t want, and definitely don’t need! Let us know your own decluttering tips down below, and don’t forget to tag @Little.blank.spaces in your before & after decluttering pics on Instagram!