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  • Clutter Be Gone!

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    12 posts, 11 voices, 2033 views, started Apr 6, 2009

    Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009 by Ms-kay

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      Clutter can be a chronic source of stress. The stress of being surrounded by clutter often isn’t realized until the clutter is removed and we feel the relief of being clutter-free.  

      Clutter bombards the brain with excessive visual stimuli, creating stress. Clutter makes it more difficult to relax or to focus on anything because clutter is an irritating distraction. Even those who seem oblivious to their surroundings are aware of everything in their environment on a subconscious level. Your brain is constantly filtering messages from all your senses.  

      The more clutter, the more overwhelming the thought of removing it - but looking on the bright side, the greater the sense of relief that will be felt when it is gone. The thought of removing clutter may be so overwhelming that it may seem easier to ignore it. Trying to ignore clutter is stressful because you can’t really ignore it.  

      Not taking action to clear clutter fosters feelings of helplessness. Taking action, even if it only involves committing ten minutes of your time each day to organize, is empowering and relieves stress. Clearing clutter can be a catharsis (emotional release).  

      The clutter didn’t appear overnight and it will take some time to remove it. Find ways to break down the job into smaller, manageable tasks. Start with one cupboard or one drawer. The satisfaction of completing each small task is motivation to keep going.  

      Many times, counters and other surfaces are filled with clutter that we can’t throw out but don’t have anywhere to put - usually because our closets and drawers are already filled with useless clutter. Getting rid of stuff we no longer need but have stored in closets and drawers makes space for the stuff we do need that is taking over our living space.  

      There is not any sense in storing items that you don’t have easy access to and are going to forget you own. If you have items you really want to keep, store them in boxes and label the boxes so you can easily locate items in the future.  

      Don’t go crazy trying to store everything. It is better to get rid of stuff you don’t need completely. Don’t stuff your drawers full either. It makes it difficult to put things away and take things out, a constant source of annoyance.  

      An under the bed box is good for storing a few blankets or some of season clothing but don’t overdo it. Filling every space you can probably indicates you have too much stuff for your home. Your home needs ‘breathing space.’  

      Because seeing clutter creates stress, open shelves are not the best places to store stuff. Open shelves are fine in a closet or garage but not in living areas. Store items in closed cabinets in the living room or bedroom for maximum stress relief.  

      Even displaying too many knickknacks can be perceived as clutter. It is better to have a group of items displayed in one spot than scattered all over the place. It is also a relief to have some bare wall space to give your eyes (actually your brain) a break.  

      A filing cabinet is a must for storing bank statements, utility bills, receipts etc. Being able to find paper items quickly saves a lot of time and prevents a lot of stress.  

      Clearing clutter may seem like a waste of time to many people, but reducing stress is not a waste of time and reducing clutter reduces stress. Also, if you put items in their place, you’ll save time (and your sanity) by not having to search for items buried amongst clutter.  

      Of course, it’s going to get messy in any household. It won’t always be clutter free. But having a system in place to deal with it makes temporary clutter less stressful.  

      Your home should be a refuge from stress, not a source of stress.  

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          UK Girl wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • About three weeks ago Teeky posted some pictures of her bedroom on a blog and we chatted about how beautiful her room was and I told her my bedroom was uncomfortable and then I had a mass of pictures opposite my bed of all my family alive and dead ....... apparently all wrong. I moved them that night and since then I have spend three hours a day throwing away clutter and re-organising my flat – in fact we have the charity van coming tomorrow to take away a pile of furniture I no longer need – the flat seems bigger and more airy and also I'm sleeping better .......
          In the happiness / relationship area of the flat I had a pile of crap left over from my failed marriage.



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          Ms-kay wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • I figure this was something we could all relate to...I know I have my closets and definitely my son’s room to de-clutterize!!



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          Carolnphil wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • Every so often my husband, when he’s really stressed out from work, goes on a de-clutterizing frenzy.  I just let him go at it.  I figure if it eliminates his stress it has to be good for him.

          His mom was one to never have anything out on the counters and he thinks our house should be that way as well but I enjoy my things and like looking at them.  When she used to come over she would clean while she was here.  I never minded.  She doesn’t do it anymore.  Maybe she thinks it would be too much work.  The house isn’t messy I just like things out on tables like photos, magazines, books, papers, etc.

          I do agree that I have way too many clothes.  I went down two dress sizes last year and had to buy new clothes.  Now that I can eat again I’ve gained weight so there are more new clothes.  I should donate to Salvation Army.  There’s a really nice thrift store in Latrobe.  I look for glassware there.



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          40andwhere wrote May 20, 2009
        • I’m just roaming around here reading blogs, etc, and I came across this.

          This is so True! My bedroom, just for starters, is so stressful. I have a headboard, that is pretty, but I can’t stand the constant dust build up. My husband has so much crap under my bed I can’t vac under there anymore. He got empty gun cases, cleaning kits, and Junk.  

          I can’t change the room around because the room is off, the dresser tilts in every place other than where it is.  

          This room is so depressing to me.

          .......And Clutter.......My whole apartment is clutter.  

          Where to start though????

          I tried to recruit my creative cousin, but she is too busy. I know I can’t do this place on my own, it too Overwelming.



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          40andwhere wrote May 29, 2010
        • UKGIRL:
          I know what you mean about the Not Sleeping Well, and the Clutter...LOL The Failed Marriage, but I just can’t get rid of mine.
          How are you feeling NOW?
          I always heard that you‘re not suppose to keep family photos OR Holy pics in your bedroom...I took most of mine out, but I only have what is on my mirror.
          I’m not doing anything this Long, Beautiful Memorial Weekend...so I think I’m going to take those picturs off my mirror and start DeCluttering My Bedroom ..for starters.
          ...First to get the husband OUT of the House so I can do all that Stress FREE. tongue out



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          Denise Richardson wrote May 29, 2010
        • I have ZERO  tolerance for clutter, my hubby and his family are true hoarders and I refuse to allow him to go there living with me lol. He tried it when we first got married and it didn't work he has been broken lol.hearthappy



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          Kyah wrote May 29, 2010
        • I come from a long line of pack rats and have inherited both my mother’s and grandmother’s tendencies. Grandma packed an entire house into a 1 bedroom apartment! Both are gone now so I have some of their things mixed in with a few decades of my things. One of the past moves was an eviction so everything is just thrown together, and the most recent move was everything out of storage on top of everything I had in a studio that I lived in for 11 years. Every time I unpack a box, I find short stories, novellas and novels all handwritten in various stages of completion. That’s what has slowed me down. I did empty a file cabinet to place them in and bought hanging folders to organize them. Ten minutes a day after working a full time job and commuting is next to impossible, and the weekends are basically for doing what needs to be done for the week to come.  

          I have a lot of creative stuff: artwork, art supplies, air compressor, silk screens, astrology books and magazine articles, writing magazines, books and my own creations and collections. Then there’s the clothes, records, cassettes, CDs DVDs, OMG! I have donated about $2000 worth of clothes, small appliances and shoes since I moved here to a charity that I can go online and arrange pick ups, which is handier than carting it to the nearest donation receptacle. I got rid of everything from sizes 7s to 10s, I’ll never be those sizes again. I kept a couple of the 12s because ya never know....

          I have a captain’s bed with 6 drawers and only 3 are in use. So far the bedroom is a little crazy because I do all my work in there, but the living room? There’s boxes, bags and crates of stuff in there which needs to be sorted and much needs to just be thrown out. I have a week’s vacation coming next month. I will relax and party for 2 of those days, then knuckle down and get some of this crap out of here. Tired of looking at the heap. I haven’t bought furniture for the living room because there’s so much unpacked stuff there.

          Just looked around the bedroom; there are two calendars (a monthly and a yearly), a flyer for my last novel with the links on it and a bus schedule on the wall, that’s it. The mirror is not hung up, it’s angled so I can see the tv from the bed when I turn over, LOL. The only things I’ve hung up in the living room and dining room is a large lacquered ankh, another calendar and a lighthouse clock. I do have photos I could put up, but I’d rather they stay in their albums to keep from getting faded from age and humidity. There is a method to my madness after all.



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          Veggie wrote May 29, 2010
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          Anne E wrote May 29, 2010
        • I’m tired of all my clutter too!



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          Cocofix41 wrote Jun 12, 2010
        • Im so glad you posted this!

          Clutter makes me crazy and yet sometimes when i attempt to de-clutter a closet or a room, i get so overwhelmed that i stop and close the door.
          Its paralyzing sometimes when you dont know where to start, kind of like jumping into a tidal wave hahaha!!

          I always feel so good when i organize and throw out things i dont need or Ill donate to goodwill.  Its liberating!



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