Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed by clutter?
My family does a lot of hosting and entertaining, and one of my (bad) habits whenever we have folks coming over is to “corral” any clutter in my house. I grab a laundry basket and walk from room to room collecting things that are out of place. Then I stick that basket in an out-of-sight place (sometimes under the very table serving as a food buffet!) or in my husband’s office or even in the basement, and then I forget about it for a while.
And by “a while,” I mean a few months or even years!
Corralling clutter is not the same as decluttering. I recently heard this quote by Peter Walsh, and it really resonated with me: “Clutter isn’t just the stuff on the floor. It’s anything that gets between you and the life you want to be living.” I want a simpler, more streamlined home life, and for me, that starts with a less cluttered life—in both hidden and public spaces.
There are so many benefits to decluttering our spaces! In fact, a study by Princeton University found that our environment can positively or negatively impact our ability to complete tasks as well as our overall mental health.
If you experience anxiety, difficulty with focus, lack of productivity, and even trouble addressing your own physical health goals, clutter may be playing a big role in that struggle. When we begin to declutter our physical spaces, we often find that our mental spaces become clearer as well!
But where do we begin?
This podcast by decluttering expert Katy Joy Wells is one of my favorite go-to’s for inspiration on truly, actually decluttering (as opposed to just hiding my clutter), and this episode was particularly helpful to me recently as I began to tackle some of the hidden clutter in my home. In it, Katy describes her “SPACE” Method of decluttering, which I find so helpful.
Here is the breakdown of the SPACE Method:
S—Setting Your Physical Limitations
A—Assess the Item
Listen to this episode to hear the full description of each step, and give it try.
But remember: the most important thing when it comes to making any change in life is consistency! Nothing works if we don’t do it consistently.
If you wonder what I’m up to this weekend, now you know 🙂
I hope you find this as helpful as I did!
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Christy Tennant Krispin is a Whole Life Coach helping clients live more intentionally in alignment with their goals and values across all spheres of life. Schedule a free consultation with Christy here.