Small daily decluttering chores can make a big difference.
Experts share their tips for even the most cleaning-averse.
Doing it this way will mean that decluttering should become a habit for the rest of your life, because it's addictive to shape your life and home exactly as you want them to be, and you'll want to keep going!
Are you one of those people who get up in the morning and start the day already feeling hassled? Maybe you can't decide what to wear, where to start, what to do first. Feeling that way can introduce a frustrating tone to the day, even before you've left the bathroom.
Apparently, our brain can deal more easily with order, hence why living or working surrounded by clutter can overwhelm us - distracting us at work or disrupting sleep - and provoking anxiety and guilt.
Each to their own, but while I respect everyone's right to do whatever makes them happy, I'm always keen to make sure that, before anyone writes off decluttering as 'not for them', they really understand what it is, or more importantly, what it isn't.
In a family household, clutter builds up inevitably. Clothes need putting away, the dishwasher needs emptying and the kids need telling at least five times every day to hang up their school bags and put their shoes away!
Our minds become cluttered, thoughts, ideas and memories whizzing around with no place to rest. If our environment mirrors this inner chaos, our senses pick up on it and the inner chaos is likely magnified.
Getting rid of that stuff, and the expectations that go along with it, is a tremendous weight lifted from your shoulders. When your fantasy self's formalwear is gone, so is the pressure to attend fancy parties - or the disappointment that an invitation to one hasn't arrived.
Spring is a time of recreation and awakening. As Mother Nature stirs from her winter slumber, new life surrounds us and offers an invitation to attune with the energy of the earth and reactivate the parts of ourselves that have been in hibernation.