Do you have clutter in your home?
I bet as you read this article you can look around you and see a stack of paperwork to sort, or a pile of washed clothes waiting to be folded and allocated a home? Maybe you have hundreds of photos that need to be put into albums? Or maybe you have a wardrobe that is overflowing with three different size clothes? Does this sound familiar?
Don't worry you are not alone, according to the Institute of Australia, who conducted a study of over 1000 people, "88 per cent of homes have at least one room that is over run with clutter". It also points out that of this figure "59 percent of women have one or more room in their home that they don't want visitors to see because of clutter".
Clutter in our homes and hence playing on our minds, is a very real problem in todays society.
We have more disposable income than we have ever had, persuaded by clever advertisers to constantly buy the latest and most fashionable clothing and intrigued by the latest gadget or craft supplies. Purchasing all these causes us to fill our homes with clutter. This clutter then fills our minds with worry every time we walk into that room, or look at the pile of papers we need to sort.
So does the chicken come before the egg or the other way around? In other words does clutter in our homes come before clutter in our minds or does the clutter we gather in our homes also cause the clutter in our own minds.
I believe that the excess physical clutter that we own, is what causes the mental clutter in our mind.
Once this begins to encroach on the spaces in your home, you need to act and rid this physical clutter first, before you can start to work on the clutter in your mind.
If you declutter and sort the physical clutter that is piled up in the spare room, then you will make room for fresh energy and flow to fill your mind and remove the emotional clutter from your mind also.
It becomes a win win situation for your physical and emotional wellbeing.
The clutter is incidental, but definitely comes from us having such busy and rushed lifestyles and not finding the time to sit, relax and contemplate our life, and how we want to be living.
I know for a fact, that if we all did this, we could choose to have a clutter free home that we could use to its full potential and have visitors over without feeling guilt, anxious and stressed over people seeing our dirty little "clutter" secret.
Rooms full of clutter make us feel very anxious, overwhelmed and even frustrated at ourselves and love ones, depending on whose clutter it actually is.
Not knowing where to start, or where you are going to get the time to attack the "to do list", can make you feel very overwhelmed and can cause you to freeze and do nothing at all.
Clutter in your home will do this to you, and if left for long enough will start to cloud your mind and cause anxiety and even depression.
Dealing with the clutter has to be done in stages and often is more successful if you can engage a family member, friend or professional organiser to help you with the process.
So do yourself a favour today and take stock of what you have cluttering your life, and start towards decluttering these things and you will be amazed at how clear your mind will come, enabling you to focus on other important things in your life other then 'the clutter'.
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