1 hour came and went, the living room is done but my daughter has spread her painting stuff across my table so it won’t be finished just yet. Still good to clear the clutter. Clutter is a funny one, some people can manage it, some struggle, some hate it, while others think a room is bare without it. I think it depends on the clutter.
Clutter that is washing up, bills etc, is frustrating and I would rather not have it. In fact research has suggested that clutter can increase symptoms of anxiety and depression, so sometimes a good declutter can be as good for your mind as it is for your home. That said I’ll be the first to say finding links beyond psychology blogs that lead to actual research on this topic is easier said than done. Whether mess and clutter is a factor in the symptoms or a symptom itself doesn’t matter so much right now, if the mess stresses you out, dealing with it can, though perhaps temporarily, relieve it.
That said, clutter that adds character can look charming. Check out @apartmenttherapy on Instagram to see some beautiful homes that are not clutter free, just organised clutter (obviously not all fit that description).
I personally want to live a less cluttered life, this is at odds with everyone else in my home but we are working on a compromise!
So if you’re having a declutter or a tidy up where do you start? I start small, there is a bag or box for each person and their bits go in it. I plan on buying a proper basket each, my husband calls them crap baskets, to put people’s crap in – so eloquent 😉.
I clear the washing up, popping any junk that doesn’t belong in the room in the relevant persons bag. I repeat the process with rubbish, anything that needs to go upstairs that doesn’t belong in a bag/basket goes on the left hand side of the stairs to take up when I’m going that way. It’s not a fast process and I’m easily distracted, but it’s working so far!
If you clear clutter and tidy, what’s your process?