Blissful Belle

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Get organized and be a stress-free Belle!

        It happens every week. You start off on Sunday night with a clean room, but as the week goes on and the work begins to pile up, so does the load of messy clothes. Sure, you could just get to it on Friday, but did you know that the clutter in your room might be affecting your thoughts and the way you live your life? Everyday stress can triple in intensity if you’re surrounded by an unorganized environment. If your mind is disorganized, it may be reflecting the mess in your room. Clearing your environment of excess clutter will lower your stress levels and help you function much better. Having clutter around can act like a huge weight on those shoulders of yours, providing you with a constant visual reminder that you are not in control of the situation in which you are working. By simplifying your space, you will be amazed at how much stress you can reduce, along with the clutter. People feel calmer when their belongings are in order.
Don’t know where to begin? Here are a few tips to keep in mind while you are getting rid of the clutter.

Ask questions:

  • Some helpful questions you may ask yourself as you begin to de-clutter are:
    How long has it been since I have used this? If you haven’t used it in 6 months to a year, maybe you don’t need it anymore.
    How much would it cost to replace this item in the future if I decide to get it again? If an item is very large, inexpensive and unused maybe it is time for you to let it go.
  • How frequently do I use the item? If you only use an item occasionally, maybe it is time to store it in the back of the closet, instead of on your dresser.
    Does this item really serve me? Is it beautiful? Is it functional? Or, is it just stuff? Everything in your room or work space should have a purpose of some sort. If it doesn’t, toss it.

Be Disciplined:
      It is easy to fall into the habit of not putting things away. You may even think you are saving time by leaving stuff out. But the cost is high. These habits create a disorderly living and work space and cost you a lot of time, sometimes even hours of searching for items which are buried under piles of other belongings. Make it a habit to put your items away as soon as you are done using them. Everything should have its place.

Follow a system:

  • First, put away the things which you choose to keep, but are cluttering up your room and creating visual confusion.
  • Then, tackle the things that are very obviously out of place. These are usually objects that you no longer use or like.
  • Sort these old items into appropriate piles or boxes labeled: throw away, give away, pack away, or fix.
  • Then gradually work down to the deeper layers of your closets and drawers.
  • Even de-cluttering small items or areas can make adifference in how your home and office feel.

Clutter control can be an emotionally cleansing process:
      Sometimes we hold on to items, which are neither functional or beautiful, because of emotional associations. Often the item was very important in relation to something we used to do, or used to believe in. As you wonder whether to keep the item, ask yourself, “Why should I keep this?” Often you will look at an item and realize that it was appropriate for an earlier time in your life, and not appropriate for where you are now. This can result in a emotional decluttering process, which is cleansing.

Getting rid of clutter can take some time and courage, but it is well worth the effort. When you start to feel buried, burdened and overwhelmed with responsibilities stop, look around and evaluate your home and office. It’s probably time to set aside a weekend, a day, or maybe just a few minutes to declutter again.


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