De-Clutter Your Life

Coming home to piles of laundry, paperwork, and a sink of dirty dishes is anything but relaxing.  Living in an environment of constant disarray while endlessly searching for misplaced items can contribute to chronic stress, and anxiety.  An article published by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, links clutter to feelings of hopelessness, and insomnia.  Many people avoid tackling the mess because they don't know where to begin, or find it difficult to part with items they think they may need.  

The worst place in the home for disorder is the bedroom.  It's impossible to to get a good night's rest when clothes are hanging everywhere, and the night stand is piled high with magazines.  Make the bed before leaving the room in the morning, and put clothes away immediately. The few moments spent tidying up will save hours of trying to dig out from under it later on.  

Waking up to a kitchen full of last night's dishes is less than inspiring.  Make a habit of emptying the dishwasher, and loading it the night before.  Avoid the infamous "junk" drawer, by using a cutlery organizer to sort pens, loose change, or keys.  

Sort through mail right away.  Decide what can be discarded, and focus on important correspondence.  Late payments are often attributed to unopened bills that ended up lost under a pile of junk mail.  Keep an "in" and "out" basket as a reminder of what needs to be addressed, and what can be filed away.

Make home a sanctuary not a cause of stress. When the hard work is done put a beautiful vase of flowers on the table as reward for getting your life back in order.  Surprise guest? No problem! With some diligence your home can be ready for anyone at a moment's notice.

~Adriane Rosenberg