Stressed because of clutter? (Or perhaps we have clutter because we’re stressed?!!)
Either way, most of us would agree that if we could just de-clutter our space, and maybe free up a bit more space, we’d feel a lot better.
An article in the Orange County Register (7JAN17) cited a UCLA study which actually found that decluttering isn’t only an aesthetic task, but has proven health benefits. They found that women who live in a cluttered environment are more likely to experience a surge in cortisol, a stress hormone!
So there’s the connection – our clutter may be contributing to our stress!
That said, it’s a good idea to periodically take an honest look at all the “stuff” we tend to accumulate with an eye toward “toss”, “recycle”, or “donate”.
Whichever “pile” you choose, don’t just move it from its original “hidey hole” to a “never-to-go-out” pile. Get it out of there as soon as possible!
So together, let’s take some of the stress out of our world ONE TINY STEP AT A TIME.
After all, we don’t want to stress out over creating yet ANOTHER project to procrastinate over! (I know for me, the mere idea of tackling such a daunting project can be stressful!)
Ok so let’s take this one teensy step at a time… of course, we’ve all heard the adage: How do you eat an elephant? (One bite at a time!)
Yeah… easy for THEM to say… the elephant isn’t in THEIR space!
So here goes — For each posting, I’ll identify just one “bite” — one teensy little bite — and we won’t even THINK about that whole elephant. I promise to identify something that will only take a few minutes… and we’ll do it together.
If you have any additional ideas, feel free to contribute!
I’m feeling hungry for a bite of elephant… how about you?
Mari at Next Wave