Table of Contents
Introduction ….. 5
Chapter 1: The Clutter Effect .. 8
What is Clutter? … 9
Which Areas of Your Life Does Clutter Affect? ….. 10
What Causes Clutter? …… 12
Chapter 2: Cluttered Home = Cluttered Mind: How to Reduce the Mess …. 15
The Problem of the Cluttered Home .. 15
How Does a Cluttered Home Lead to a Cluttered Mind? .. 16
The Areas to Tackle .. 18
Chapter 3: A Guide to Organizing Your Home … 21
A Systematic Approach … 21
Tackling the Floors, Drawers and Closets 22
Bringing in Help . 26
Top Tips for Home Organization . 27
Chapter 4: The Disorganized Workplace = The End to Productivity …. 30
Why is Disorganization at Work a Problem? .. 30
How to Become More Focused …. 31
Eliminating Virtual Mess 32
Chapter 5: Making Your Workplace Organized – A Guide ……35
How to Tackle Organizing Your Desk 35
Tackle Your Hard Drive .. 36
Top Tips for Work Organization .. 38
Chapter 6: Is Your Life Disorganized? …… 40
What is a Cluttered Life? 40
Why do our Lives Become Disorganized? 42
The Problems of an Overloaded Life .. 43
Chapter 7: A Guide to Organizing Your Life …… 47
How to Reduce Your Obligations and Commitments . 47
A Guide to Reducing Social Media Use …. 48
How to Reconsider Your Routines ….. 49
Just Say No .. 51
Chapter 8: Could I Benefit from a Friendship Organization? .53
Could Some of Your Friendships be Causing Your Problems? 54
What is a Toxic Friendship? .. 54
Label Your Friendships for Clarity ….. 55
How to Feed the Positive Relationships in Your Life .. 57
Chapter 9: Clearing Your Mind – The Truth About Happiness . 61
The Signs of a Disorganized Mind …… 61
The Benefits of an Organized Mind … 62
Chapter 10: A Guide to an Organized Life . 66
Make Lists and Journals . 66
Learn to Let Go … 68
Avoid Multi-Tasking . 70
Make Decisions and Stick to Them …. 71
Be Kind to Yourself … 72
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Which Areas of Your Life Does Clutter Affect?
As we’ve already pointed out, clutter affects both your environment and your emotional and mental well-being. Both types of clutter can have a major impact on various areas of your life.
The first obvious area that can feel the impact is your home. Mess can begin to build up as tasks get left undone. Soon, a pile of magazines has grown on the coffee table, a stack of shoes is thrown in the corner in the front porch, and clothes are piled up on the bedroom chairs. The more messy and more disorganized your home becomes, the harder it is to get motivated to sort it out, and the more negative the mental and emotional impact becomes of living in such an environment.
The second key area that is badly affected is the workplace. A lack of organization in the office leads to all kinds of issues. Low productivity, an unprofessional first impression for visitors or clients and poor morale are just some of the problems that arise from a disorganized working environment. Again, once the office has become cluttered, it becomes more difficult to take action to organize it. As the mess mounts up, the worse the associated problems become.
The third area that feels the impact of clutter is your personal relationships. This is something that can often be overlooked when considering the effect of disorganization on your life. A messy home puts a strain on your family life and can lead to serious tensions with your partner, children, or other loved ones.
A disorganized workplace can make working relationships with colleagues, employees, or managers more challenging and can lead to disagreements that cause long-term problems in your career. Not only that, but clutter in friendships can lead to toxicity, further stress and even more obligations that need to fit into your already overloaded schedule.
What Causes Clutter?
There are many causes of clutter. Some are physical, and others are emotional or mental. Some are also a lot more obvious than others.
Perhaps the first, and most obvious cause of clutter has to be excess physical possessions. Most of us are guilty of accumulating items simply because we can’t bear to get rid of them, even if we don’t really want or need them. There are gifts that we’ve received for birthdays and holidays, souvenirs from vacations gone by.
Odds and ends have piled up over the years that should really have gone in the trash but which have, inexplicably, been put in a drawer or on a shelf for later and allowed to remain there. The trouble with this type of clutter is that it builds up slowly over time, so you don’t really realize how much it has gotten out of hand until one day you look around and see the extent of the problem.
The second cause of clutter is having excessive commitments in your schedule. We’ve already mentioned how busy modern lives have become. Whereas in the past, lives were much simpler – people went to work, came home, spent time with their family or their friends and then went to bed ready to do it all again the next day.
These days, there is so much more to consider. Careers have, in many cases, become considerably more high-pressured, with the expectations placed on workers at all levels much higher than ever before. Family lives are also more complex than ever before, with many people having divided or blended families. Struggling to fit in contact with children, dealing with stepchildren or having to handle an ex-partner along with a current one can all increase the pressures on everyday living.
Then, of course, there are all the other elements that weigh on our minds. An endless stream of social media and 24/7 access to the news can easily lead to us becoming overwhelmed with negativity. Meanwhile, we feel the pressure to make the most of our limited leisure time by caving into the demands from friends, colleagues, and family members to attend different events and participate in various activities.
Add to this the additional pressure that we pile on ourselves to work out, to improve ourselves and to be the best that we can be in every respect. It’s no wonder that so many of us struggle to cope as we sink ever-deeper under a heap of obligations, commitments and requirements.
Chapter 2: Cluttered Home = Cluttered Mind: How to Reduce the Mess
First, let us take a look at the home. A cluttered home leads to a cluttered mind. Then, we’ll examine some ways that you can reduce the mess so you can regain some essential control over your life.
The Problem of the Cluttered Home
Why do we end up acquiring clutter in our homes? There are several reasons behind this. Let us look at some of the most common:
– You don’t know when it’s time to get rid of items – in many households, there is a lot of confusion about when the time has come to sell, donate, shred or throw away items when they’re no longer used or needed.
– You don’t have anywhere to store things properly, or you just don’t know how to store it.
– You have no organization routine to follow in the home.
– You don’t have sufficient storage space or solutions.
– You persistently keep common clutter sources around.
– You regularly buy things that you don’t need or use.
– You lack the ability to let go of items, especially those with some sentimental value.
Many of us can relate to at least one of the above statements. The key is to identify which are applicable to you so that you can then work on ways of addressing them.
How Does a Cluttered Home Lead to a Cluttered Mind?
Clutter in the home ends up having a negative impact on your mind, your body and your overall health. There is a direct link between high levels of stress and excess clutter in the home, and this has been proven in several studies over the past few years. Why is this the case?
The home is supposed to be an oasis of calm – a peaceful refuge and a comfortable space where you can unwind and chill out.
How can you do that if there is disorganization and mess everywhere?
Clutter in the home impacts negatively on your ability to concentrate and focus. There are distractions everywhere and this causes your mental faculties to become worn down. Frustration is then the inevitable result which causes stress to build up. When you can’t focus properly, your ability to problem solve and be creative is also inhibited.Other Details
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