Your home and surroundings are closely linked to your mental health.
Simply put, I think your home should be a clutter-free sanctuary, somewhere you’re able to shut off from the world and pressures of the day. Once you shut the front door, you should feel the stress of the outside world melt away. That’s my opinion anyway!
Creating an environment which makes you feel safe, secure and at peace is paramount to good mental health. Do you have that though? No, neither do I!
When I shut my front door, the first thing I see is clutter, mess, grubby black handprints everywhere, a sofa that’s falling to bits and carpet that smells like beef. (?) Yea, I don’t know either!!
I’m going to deal with clean later on the first thing to tackle is clutter!
Does the state of your home make your heart sink too? When you have an entire house to tackle It’s so overwhelming and its hard to know where to start and can get rather depressing.
Feeling crippled by an external mess can turn an into an internal mess.
If your home is cluttered and unclean, it becomes contagious and turns into mental clutter which can spill over and cause stress in every area of your life.
I’ve been there over and over, and I know clutter and mess can ultimately make you ill, both physically and mentally leaving you an emotional wreck.
Confession time. There are times my house is such a mess; I’m too ashamed to open the blinds!
That’s bad, isn’t it?! I want my home to feel like a sanctuary, somewhere I can feel calm and relaxed, I want to love my house not hate it.
It’s high time I tackle the state of my house (again). I’ll share my plan of action and how to do it below!
Turn your home into a clutter-free sanctuary with these simple steps.
Step #1 – Bin it!
Grab yourself a bin bag and walk around your entire home. If you see anything that belongs in the bin, dump it in. There will be other things that need doing right now but don’t get distracted, just keep going. Get all the rubbish out of the house.
Papers, food containers, broken toys, empty toilet rolls, the point is to get it gone whether you recycle or bin it!
Step #2 – Dishes
If you have kids at home like me, it’s likely this task will involve an entire house walkthrough too. A job that you’ll probably have to add to your every day to do list. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I ask the kids not to take any dishes upstairs; they still do it.
The second part of this task is to get those dishes washed, dried and put away. Otherwise, you’ll only be moving the clutter from one place to another.
Just clearing the dishes goes a long way to when it comes to removing some of the visual clutter.
Step #3 – Get everything back where it goes
Because the end goal of this challenge is to turn your home into a clutter-free sanctuary, it’s easier to tackle one room at a time. However, if the state of your house is anything like mine right now, you’ll need to get everything back to the place it lives!
Pick up everything that is scattered around, and get it back to where it belongs. To do this grab a cardboard box or basket, set a timer for 30 minutes, just grab and go as quickly as you can. Don’t worry about clean and tidy for the time being!
Step #5 – Clothes
Clothes are probably going to be a big task depending on your amount of people/clothes ratio!
I’m a huge fan of the capsule wardrobe, and every item of clothing each of us owns, we’re able to coordinate into a single outfit.
First things first, another walk around! Scour the house for clothes, check under beds and behind doors. My sons’ favourite stash place for dirty undies is behind the bathroom sink, yuck!
The second phase is to wash and dry everything you find lying around. This is a job that could potentially take you the entire day, but don’t skip this stage, once you complete this task you’ll feel so much better.
Finally, go through every single item of clothing and ask yourself these three simple questions
- Does it fit?
- Will they / I wear it?
- Do they / I love it?
Donate or pass on anything you or the kids aren’t going to wear again providing it’s in reasonable condition. Keep only the items of clothing you love, that fit, and you can style with other things.
Step #6 – Organise everyday items
To turn your home into a clutter-free sanctuary, you’ll need to create some permanent drop zones for specific things you use every day.
Everyday use items could include things like:
- School bags
- Toys and games
Make sure everybody knows where things belong and use them accordingly! You’ll find some great resources on my declutter board on pinterest.
Step #7 – Give clutter the boot!
This nifty little trick is something I do quite a lot. Set up the boot of your car with some cardboard boxes. Once you get to the sorting stage, you’ll be using these to get the clutter out of your house quickly.
The trick to successful decluttering is to remove it asap. Getting everything out of the house and into the boot of your car will remove the majority of the visual stress. It also means everything you no longer want to keep around will be accessible when you’re passing somewhere to dispose of it!
Step #8 – Sort out your storage
Now once you start the clearing stage, you will need somewhere to store the things that you need to keep. method rather than somewhere to shove all your junk!
WAIT! Before you spend money and buy new any storage, think about how you can utilise what you already have. Once you’ve cleared the clutter, you’ll probably find you have more space than you initially thought.
Quick tip – If you’re like I used to be you’ll have piles of paper all over the kitchen worktops or taking up space in one of your drawers. Stop the paper clutter by going paper free where you can.
The things you do need to keep, like insurance documents, birth certificates and banking info can be put together in one using .
Step # 9 – Plan for a clutter-free future
Now the real work begins! You’ve got everything back to where it belongs, you’ve got clothes sorted, and things should look and feel less cluttered.
Now you’ll be ready and set up to get to work on each room individually.
Over the summer I took the kids and my friend camping. We had such a fantastic long weekend, and It was her first time camping! On our way home, we laughed and joked about how little you actually need to live and still survive.
However, the truth is, it’s not a joke! You think you need all the things you own, but in reality, you’d survive without that backup coffee maker, and the kids would still be happy with fewer toys.
When turning your home into a clutter-free sanctuary, there are five simple questions to ask yourself about each item you own.
- Have I used this item in the past year?
- Will I use it in the year ahead?
- Would I rebuy this if I didn’t own it?
- Is it worth fixing( if it’s broken)?
- Would I keep it if I moved?
Step# 10 – Some tough love!
If you’re serious about turning your home into a clutter-free sanctuary, do not buy anything else. It is that simple! Make yourself a promise that for the next three month you won’t buy anything new unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Be strict with yourself and if you think you’ll struggle not to buy (like me) stop shopping! I stopped going to big shops because browsing almost always leads to buying.
If I do need to go to a shop, I choose small and local. I set myself a money and time budget and get it done as quickly as I can.
You have to discipline yourself!
The hardest part of the decluttering process isn’t the work it involves; It’s the battle you have with your brain.
The mental aspect of deciding what should stay and what needs to go can be stressful. However, throughout the entire process, you have to be merciless!
Turning your home into a clutter-free sanctuary isn’t going to be an easy task, but once you start to see and feel the benefits I can guarantee you won’t look back!
For me, visual clutter very quickly turns into mental clutter. I can’t function or concentrate on anything when I’m living in a mess, and It eventually drives me mad.
I get that it might feel overwhelming to think of everything that you need to do. Once you get started, I know you’ll feel less anxious and depressed and become more energised and focused.
Keeping your space clean and tidy positively impacts your mental health in many ways, and that’s what we’re ultimately aiming for.
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