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Reduce Stress with Less Clutter

February 23, 2012 by Editor in You with 0 Comments

Stress is something all of us experience every day in one form or another, and unfortunately, some of it we cause ourselves. If you have a busy lifestyle, whether from maintaining a hectic, full-time job, a family or both, you may not have enough hours in the day to pay attention to everything that needs to get done in your life.

Many people have clutter zones in their house or apartment. Whether you have the pile of shoes at the door, the stack(s) of paper on your desk or the carefully selected drop points of clothes, keys and other items, there is hope for a more organized, less stressful environment without a massive impact on your time.

There are a few things you can do to alleviate these clutter zones. First do a room by room assessment of your problem areas. Then, ask yourself “why”. Why do clothes always seem to pile up on your dresser or floor? Why do your bills and important documents always get lost? Why do your keys and other random items always end up being strewn from kitchen counter to sofa to dining room table? You get the idea.

As a rule in my house, if you take something out, put it back in its proper place. The floor, chair or sofa, kitchen counter, dresser top or dining room table are just a few examples of places things should never be deposited. There should be a place for everything and everything in its place as the saying goes. It takes less time to put things away as you go than it does to do a massive clean-up because you didn’t put it away properly to begin with.

Now to figure out how to organize those problem areas. Piles of shoes in entry ways are common. Most people don’t want to soil their floors. Why not get an over-the-door shoe organizer? There are also shoe stands you can purchase to help you organize them and keep them out of the walkway.

Paper sorters or organizers can help out with the piles of mail and other documents. There should be labels on the organizer of choice so each document goes into its own designated category, which will prevent mix-ups and lost documents — saving you more time.

Constantly losing your keys? I have little hooks attached (the ones you can pull off without damaging the wall) to  the wall underneath my kitchen counter. Perhaps you could do something similar by putting up a key rack or placing a bowl to hold them and other random items by the entryway. This will prevent you from searching high and low for them — especially when you are already running late for work or school in the morning!

Piles of clothes in your bedroom, bathroom … living room [*shudder*] ? Well, there’s a clothes hamper for that. Wherever you see piles of clothes the most, you need a place to put them. You can get nice hampers that go with your decor and put them close to the spot where the clothes always seem to accumulate. If your mountain of clothing tends to be coats and similar things, perhaps it is time to invest in a coat rack instead.

If you have other types of organizational problems lurking around your home, you might consider organizational tools or containers. Learn how your friends and family organize similar items. Perhaps adopt some of their methods. Above all, be consistent. Put things in their place right away. By doing this, you will always be able to find what you are looking for and save time, and you will also help keep your home clutter-free and save time cleaning in the long run as well.

The less time you spend worrying about finding things or cleaning things, the more time you have stress-free.

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