Stress can affect every aspect of your life. From work, to home life, to your social interactions, stress can be a heavy weight on your shoulders. While there are some stresses that you have no control over, but there are some stresses that you can actively reduce. One way to reduce some stress is to throw it away – literally. Physical clutter is a distraction that can invite stress and chaos into your life. While it may seem overwhelming to think of everything you need to de-clutter, the key is to take it one step at a time.
Your Work Life
You can raise productivity and reduce stress in your work environment if you take steps to keep your work life organized. Start with something as simple as making sure the surface of your desk is always clean. You can also do things like de-cluttering your computer by getting rid of unwanted programs and files. In addition to feeling more organized, you probably won’t yell at your computer as often because it will run more efficiently. Most importantly, don’t forget to set boundaries for your work. Don’t let work consume you, and make sure you take time to step away from the office.
Your Home Life
Aside from work, we spend the majority of our time at home, so it makes sense why a messy home can cause unneeded stress. Start by simplifying your rooms. Clear things off the floor, donate or throw away unused items, and organize things so they are out of sight but still in order. Making sure your closets are well organized will also reduce stress. When you come home from a long day at work, your stress levels will instantly go down if you can hang your coat up in an organized coat closet rather than a messy pile behind a closed door. “Out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t always work because it will weigh on your mind knowing that you are not organized. This goes for drawers in your home as well. Everyone deserves one junk drawer, not five. So keep your junk drawer to a minimum and make sure everything has a place.
Your Personal Life
It is also important to keep the stress in your personal life to a minimum. Start by writing down all your commitments and see how you can reduce a few of them. Being busy all the time will add to your stress, even if it’s fun. It’s important to have down time so you aren’t always committed to doing something. Another way to reduce stress is to evaluate your routine and consider making necessary changes. Organization is key.
The key to reducing stress is organization and living in a clutter-free space. There is something to be said about getting rid of old things that gather dust in the garage and being able to work without having piles of papers on your desk. Cleaning up your space will free up your mind.