“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination.”
― Christina Scalise
We are all guilty of a little hoarding from time to time. Whether it’s out of laziness or sheer sentimentalism, discarding items from the past can seem like a monumental and unappealing task. However, to get on with life it is important to occasionally take time to make way for the new by getting rid of the old.
A Clean Home is A Healthy Home
The act of home decluttering boasts many benefits. Not only does removing clutter free up space in the home, but it also has positive benefits for your health. For example, decluttering can ease allergies and asthma and by removing items causing the collection of dust, mould and animal dander.
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Home Decluttering has also been shown to have a positive effect on mental health by removing stress-causing clutter. One recent study revealed that clutter-prone homeowners tend to show higher levels of cortisol – the stress hormone – and are more likely to have chronic fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a higher risk of mortality.
Your Plan of Attack
Making the decision to declutter is only step one. Upon realizing that the job is much bigger than anticipated, many people fall into the trap of procrastinating and drawing out the job over a long period of time. Oftentimes, we are guilty of not following through, leaving a big bag of old items lingers at home or in the car for months on end before finally depositing it at the local charity shop or refuse center.
So how can you avoid this? Fortunately, the folks at EZ Living Interiors have put together a very helpful infographic which offers great advice on how to avoid falling into a clutter crisis. It offers handy tips on a variety of home decluttering methods from the very big to the very small. Whether you’re planning one massive job or just want to improve your daily habits, this infographic is a fantastic place to start. Read below for more.