Let’s talk about clutter.
It’s so easy to accumulate but somehow seems impossible to master. Clutter can come in the form of physical clutter in our homes, offices, or vehicles, or even digital clutter on your phone or computer. This may seem completely unrelated to our emotional wellness, but it’s not.
Studies have shown that clutter increases stress and can impair your ability to think creatively. One study even found that employers were 28 percent less likely to promote someone with a disorganized work space! Clutter leads to feelings of anxiety, shame, and overwhelm.
I don’t need all those studies to tell me that, though. It’s very obvious to me that I feel less stressed when in an organized environment, and even organizing a small space can give a huge feeling of accomplishment.
The problem for most of us is that we don’t need better organizing solutions, nicer things, or more storage space.
We need less stuff.
Our environments are easily filled with so much stuff that we don’t need, like, or use. This leads me to the challenge for this week. Much like the past challenges, this one is simple to do but can make a big difference in your life. This week’s challenge is:
Get rid of one item each day.
You can approach this however you’d like. Donate, sell, trash, recycle, or give away one item each day. It could be some expired food in the pantry, the coat that you haven’t worn in 5 years, a book you know you won’t read again, or that nifty kitchen gadget that really isn’t doing much for you. Whatever it is, get rid of it. Let this be the start of the purging habit that helps to keep your space, and therefore your mind, clutter-free.
Let me know how it goes! Share your thoughts or photos in the comments section, on TheThrivingSelf Facebook page, or on Instagram. When using social media, be sure to use the hashtag #TheThrivingChallenge so we can all keep up with each other.
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