Do you ever feel like life is happening so fast and the moment you stop to look at your home you wonder, “how did I let it get to this point?” What about your calendar: Is it filled with appointments stretching indefinitely into the future? Have you gotten to the point where there is too much stuff?
Physical and mental clutter can interrupt your flow — both your ability to move and your ability to think – or what I like to refer to as, the inner and outer clutter. It turns out that your well-being could also become victim to what we might call the “clutter effect.” A collection of recent studies on stress, life satisfaction, physical health, and cognition all speak to the value of streamlining. Furthermore, Psychology Today stated recent study on perceptions of the environment and well-being examined the set of relationships among clutter in the home and subjective well-being…The underlying premise of the study was that because many people identify so closely with their home environments, the extent to which it’s cluttered can interfere with the pleasure they experience when being in that environment. Clutter can impact your ability to focus on daily tasks and diminish your productivity levels.
Cluttered homes often contain more dust, understandably, which can cause breathing issues. As the clutter builds, more dust is generated. The harder it gets to access different areas of the home to clean, the more serious these respiratory issues become. This creates the ideal living environment for pests like dust mites. Decluttering is truly important for your health long term!
Living in clutter impedes your identification with your home, which should be a retreat from the outside world and a place to feel pride. If you can’t feel relaxed in your home, then something isn’t right. Interestingly, “Mental clutter” is a state of mind in which you can't inhibit irrelevant information. University of Toronto's Lynn Hasher proposed that mental clutter is one of the prime suspects in the cause of age-related memory losses. As a result, you’ll be incapacitated when it comes to short-term memory tasks, and even in longer-range mental exercises when you have to come up with information you should know, such as names of people, that you can no longer find within your disorganized repository of knowledge.
Fortunately, there are solutions and resources available. Whether you want help with decluttering, organizing, and/or making a major shift in your own clutter and disorganized habits, Get Sorted, a professional decluttering and organizing service has the tools and expertise to make it happen!
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Amer, T., Campbell, K. L., & Hasher, L. (2016). Cognitive control as a double-edged sword. Trends In Cognitive Sciences, 20(12), 905-915. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2016.10.002
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As an enthusiastic professional organizing expert, Kelsey aims to help people release their limiting beliefs and emotions surrounding clutter. With a degree in Social Work and a background in visual arts, Get Sorted is the perfect blend of Kelsey’s strengths, and she is thrilled to bring the joy of uncluttered living to Toronto.
It appears we have lost our ability to differentiate between what is important and what is not. In North America, we have accumulated SO MUCH STUFF. Of course, certain folks have acquired more over time than others, but collectively there is an excessive amount of stuff collecting dust in our homes. I know this to be true because if it were not then people like me (professional organizers) would not have a job. Decluttering your work area and your home are great ways to start reducing the clutter and stress in your life, but there’s still more you can do: your life.
Everyone will have their different opinions on the folks who collect, who hoard, who over spend, who hold attachments of things over people. For those who hold negative opinions have most likely never lived as the person whom they judge. As someone who used to be very disorganized, lived in clutter, and held strong attachments to things and people - I know firsthand how draining, frustrating, and embarrassing this reality can be. Yes, me! I used to be this way. I always admired very organized people because what I saw was a sense of control. Initially, I labeled myself as naturally disorganized which really felt like, I am not that smart, I am not very good at much. I just wasn’t getting it – whatever success it was that seemingly everyone around me was achieving. Pretty depressing, right? Based on what I know now is this: "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
Everyone is not naturally organized, for the rest of us, it is a learned skill. Being an organized person is layered and filled with value. It is more than just folding your clothing a certain way or labeling everything in sight! Although, this is fun – there are more layers and self-reflection required to embody an organized lifestyle.
Reconsider your current routines:
Many of us do not have any set routines in our daily lives and simply tackle our obligations, chores and daily tasks haphazardly. Without structure, it can lead to chaotic days and a surprising amount of added stress. I used to think routines were just a “nice idea”, but once I decided to take control of my days – what a difference it made! I noticed a huge difference – in my mood, my mental health, my motivation, and my focus. Ask yourself: what will I say no to? This will help you uncover your true priorities and uncover your true purpose.
Declutter your friendships:
It may seem harsh but setting boundaries for yourself is important. As you get older you will realize certain people are meant to stay in your life longer while others are not. Focus on the friends who bring joy in your life, who are trusted people, people who help you grow and make you feel happy and supported. You should let go of the toxic people who you have grown not to trust, and who make you feel unsupported.
Examples of this kind of friendship could be someone who guilt's you into spending time with them, are needy, find it funny to belittle you on a regular basis or you feel you give a lot to the friendship with very little effort back. There’s also no feeling of trust between you – if you told them something in confidence, they would most likely spread your secret around. Ultimately, you can’t grow from a relationship like this but instead it keeps you feeling small generating feelings of guilt, shame or fear (via,https://www.lifehack.org/635383/the-harsh-but-honest-truth-about-friendship-decluttering).
While it can be difficult, it’s important to understand that ditching the bad connections will help the good connections to develop further and help you grow in the process.
Edit down your commitments:
Review your current commitments. Examine each area of your life and write down all your commitments. Seeing it all written down can be an eye-opening experience as well as overwhelming. From here, look at each one and decide whether it really adds value or sparks joy, and if it is worth the amount of time that you invest in it.
A tip for editing your commitments; if it is not an immediate yes, then it is a definite no.
Learn how to say no and decline offers – as a former people-pleaser I understand the struggle, but it is worth it long term. If you eliminate the things that don’t bring you joy or value, you’ll have more time for the things that you love.
If you’re ready to declutter your life – start with the physical stuff. If you live in the Toronto, ON area and are unsure where to start then, head to www.get-sorted.ca/contact.html to book your complimentary consultation. I will help you declutter, sort and organize, and even guide you to declutter your inner clutter.
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Decision fatigue is the deterioration of our ability to make good decisions after a long session of decision making. In other words, the more decisions you need to make, the worse you’re going to be at weighing all the options and making an educated, research-backed choice.
Basically, decision fatigue is as a form of "inner clutter".
Decision fatigue produces lack of energy and focus leads to making poor decisions. This is a problem. More and more our careers depend on making good choices. And by understanding decision fatigue and how we can counter it, we can make sure we’re operating at 100% all day long.
Every time we make a decision out brain gets tired as we answer the next one. Trying to make all the small decisions makes it harder with big decisions.
Tip: it’s better to have the small decisions organized so that you can focus on the more important things – make the simple decisions routine. Otherwise, it is better to make all the smaller decisions in the afternoon as you will be more tired by the end of the day. Save most of your bigger decisions for the first half of your day.
Decision fatigue is part of what social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister called “ego depletion.” Or, the idea that:
1. You have limited willpower, so when you use it up, you’ll make poor choices
2. Working for an extended period or being forced to make multiple complex decisions uses up your stores even faster
Some of us thrive off of making our own decisions – while, others thrive off of deciding based on what their loved one’s influence. As a professional organizer I work with people who struggle with decision fatigue – half want support while they make decisions, while other want me to validate their decisions.
For example, the decluttering process is a prime example. Many people have their own inner challenges with letting go of items that no longer serve them. There is fear – “what if I need this later?” (even though it’s been years since using the items); “what if I lose the weight?” “what if…” When we base our choices based on fear /feeling lost or disconnected then that will make a spiral of choices and decisions that will be motivated by them.
How to manage my decision fatigue?
1. Simplify the decisions you need to make in your day
2. Set realistic + honest priorities for the day
3. Allow yourself a few minutes a day to recharge + relax.
4. Make your bigger decisions in the first half of the day and the smaller decisions for the rest of the day.
5. Make sure you're eating properly, we tend to make better decisions when we are nourished.
Speak to people who’ve gone far in the direction you want to go, such a professional organizer – if you want an organized home but struggle with decisions contact me today to apply for a free consultation.
Do you want to live with the option of being constantly unsure of your choices and decisions OR be connected with the ones you’ve made?
Professional organizer, Kelsey Marion