Good time for clutter clean-out
MY little girl, Sophie, is three years old and loves Peter Rabbit.
Whenever she has pockets in her clothes, she likes to put random things in her “just in case” pocket, like Peter Rabbit’s friend Lilly Bobtail. Might be a hair clip, a piece of string or a rock – you never know what you might need!
The adult version of this is holding onto material possessions “just in case” we might need them one day. I know I am guilty of doing this. “One day” rarely arrives but clutter in our hall cupboards, junk drawers, spare rooms and garages continues to grow – just in case.
Research has shown that a cluttered environment can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information.
Physical clutter in your surroundings can compete for your attention, overload your senses and increase stress.
In today’s society not only do we deal with physical clutter, we also deal with digital clutter — files on the computer, notifications from Facebook and for some of us our watch vibrating to tell us that we are getting a phone call, or our phone vibrating to tell us we just got a text message. When our brain has too much on its plate it becomes difficult to filter information, switch quickly between tasks and focus on one thing.
Everyone’s tolerance for clutter is different, so try to find how much you can tolerate so that it doesn’t affect your ability to concentrate, or to find things.
I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where you are trying to get out the door and you can’t find your keys or your jacket, and you frustratingly spend 15 minutes looking for items because they didn’t get put back where they belong.
Winter is a good time to go through all your clutter, have a good clean out and then find a “home” for the things you want to keep.
Ask yourself “do I really need to keep this, just in case?”. Make sure items you are going to keep get put back where they belong each day to minimise clutter and create an environment where you can concentrate effectively and minimise stress.