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Contemplating the Connection Between Outer Order 
and Inner Peace

Clutter messes up more than your living space. When your home and workspaces are in disarray, you are likely to feel more anxious and depressed.

Studies have found that homeowners who say they have too much stuff describe themselves as drained and overwhelmed. They also have higher levels of cortisol and other stress hormones, and they have more difficulty completing tasks because of their disorganized environment.

Learn how clutter is affecting you and integrate some tips for bringing physical and mental clutter under control.

Understand the Effects of Clutter

There are several good reasons to be concerned about clutter. An untidy environment exacerbates allergies and increases the risk of mishaps. See what tidying up can do for your body and mind.

Eliminate distractions. It is difficult to concentrate when your brain is busy looking at irrelevant objects. A clear view will help you to focus on your immediate task.

Save time. How much time do you spend looking for car keys or the TV remote? When your possessions are kept in their place, you will know where each item is.

Boost your creativity. Clutter increases stress, which inhibits your creativity. On the other hand, open spaces encourage innovative ideas and artistic flair.

Really relax. Overloading your senses with physical and mental stimuli disturbs your sleep and rest. You may also feel guilty about your housekeeping. Becoming more organized will eliminate a major source of tension.

Managing Physical Clutter

Imagine how great you would feel without dirty dishes in the sink and piles of paper on your desk. Even a few minutes of straightening up each day adds up to a big difference.

Buy less. Combat clutter at its source by resisting the urge to add to your possessions. Prepare a shopping list in advance so you stick to purchasing just what you need. Find ways to entertain yourself other than browsing online stores.

Toss stuff out. Go through the things you already have. Sort out what you can throw in the dumpster or give away. Try setting parameters like discarding anything you have not used in the past year that has no sentimental value.

Store things away. Once you have figured out what to keep, think about how to make it less visible. Filing cabinets and trunks can keep essential documents and out-of-season clothing on hand but out of view.

Set up a maintenance schedule. Remember that dealing with clutter is an ongoing project. Schedule an appointment with yourself every 6 months to review the situation.

Managing Mental Clutter Conquer those disturbing thoughts and digital overload by adopting some constructive new habits:

Disconnect for a while. Put aside an hour or two each day to turn off your phone and stop checking social media. For higher quality sleep, stay away from the TV and computers for at least an hour before bedtime.

Set specific goals. Planning your activities and creating priorities shows you where to channel your energies. You can enjoy making progress without worrying about what else you are supposed to be doing.

Filter information. Do you feel bombarded by advertisements and news stories? Commit to becoming more selective about what media you consume. Leave the TV off unless there is a program you plan to watch. Limit the number of websites you visit on a regular basis.

Transform your outer and inner experiences. A tidy home and office decreases anxiety and enables you to devote your energy to the things you love. De-cluttering will leave you feeling calmer, more content, and more productive!!

Moira Hutchison, an Intuitive Coach guides clients to surrender to the power within when their personal trinity of trust, inner awareness, and self-confidence ignites. She helps them flow in harmony with life and serve the world using their unique talents - providing insights into what blocks them from this natural state.


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