Researchers say physical clutter makes us feel irritable, impatient & overwhelmed. The premise is simple. Since our internal and external worlds are linked, clutter in your physical space can have a direct impact on your mental space. When we let go of the physical clutter and release objects that no longer serve a purpose or bring us joy, we creates an easing of tension that affects us mentally. If you are suffering from clutter overload, try these simple decluttering activities and alleviate your clutter overload:
1. Problem: your magazine baskets are overflowing with issues you have not even opened. Solution: keep no more than 2 months of back issues of any magazine. It is highly unlikely you will make the time to read any magazine that has been in the pile for that long.
2. Problem: bills are often paid late because you cannot find them. Solution: create a physical file of incoming bills. Keep it close to the place where you open your mail. This is the ONLY place you can store bills until they are paid.
3. Problem: Your closet is stuffed with linens you haven’t used in years. Solution: ask yourself , “how many sets I sheets do I really need?” and start eliminating the excess. Besides, you can only use one set at a time!
4. Problem: the thought of cleaning out your email “In” box makes you cringe. Solution: If you really feel a need to look at every message, start with the oldest messages first. You can create a file for the ones you absolutely must keep and archive the rest. When you archive, the messages don’t go away. You can always find them if you need to but you won’t see them in your “IN” box.
5. Problem: you have enough packages of mustard, ketchup and soy sauce to open your own carry-out. Solution: find a local food pantry and donate them to folks who can use your excess.Decluttering your Head, Decluttering your House will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013 at “The Salon” presented by The Family Alliance Counseling & Education Center, 8028 Ritchie Hwy., suite 310 Pasadena, MD 21122. Please join us for a delicious breakfast and stimulating conversation plus useful tips to help simplify your life. You must register to attend. The 9:30-12:00 noon session will also feature Psychotherapists Mary Gentile and Helene Cain and is $40 pp. Seating is limited so – RSVP NOW! firstname.lastname@example.org.
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