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Clean & Clear: How to Declutter Your Home & Head at the Same Time

Mental clarity is battle often fought but rarely won. We don’t often consider that mental clarity is often tied to our physical surroundings. If our home is a mess, chances are our head is too.

For some, organizing a home can seem like a major challenge. It isn’t always easy to get your life in order, but it’s definitely worth it. You will feel so much better, mentally and physically, when you get rid of the mess that crowds your house. When your house is organized, your brain will feel organized, too. Here are some great ways to declutter your life, house and head, at the same time:

  1. Do Your Laundry

No one wants to do laundry. Who actually loves to fold clothes or hang them in the closet? It can also seem tedious when you have loads and loads of laundry to do at one time. However, if you keep up with it, you’ll save yourself time and stress.

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Once you’ve done one load of laundry, fold your clothes right away, too. Putting it off is a bad habit to have. It also allows the clothes to pile up, which can stress you out.

As you’re putting your clothes away, you can also organize your clothes by season. Keep your clothes all facing the same when you hang them in your closet. When your wardrobe is in order, you can let out a sigh of relief and go to bed knowing you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for in the morning.

  1. Use Bins & Baskets

If you just hate to get rid of things but struggle with the clutter of it all, consider using storage bins or baskets to get organized.

Have too much crafting material? Put it in a labeled bin. Have enough sweatshirts for every day throughout winter? Fold them all and keep them in a basket in your closet. When you improve your organization, you improve yourself. Out of sight, out of mind? It’s so true. When your things are neat, tidy and kept away, your brain will feel less stressed. Take the weight off your shoulders — place your stuff in the bin.

  1. Keep a Planner

Do you ever look at someone and think “wow, they have it all together” when you’re out somewhere? If you’re a busy bee, forgetful or just need a fresh start, grab yourself a planner and get writing. Organizing your planner will make you feel happier and healthier. It will help you keep your home in order, too!

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Write your grocery list in your planner instead of losing it on your counter. Keep track of reminders in your planner instead of sticking them on the fridge. You’ll know where you need to be, what you need to do and when you need things done. Give your mind a break from remembering everything. Your planner will do that for you.

  1. Do the Dishes

Dirty dishes pile up fast. When you’re making a meal, it’s easy to throw them in the sink and forget about them, leaving your kitchen a mess. Of course you can put them in the dishwasher too, but not all dishes are dishwasher-safe.

Dishes may not be your idea of a good time, but science says washing dishes can help clear your mind. Why? It’s a task you can get immersed in. Feel the warmth of the water and really focus on the scent of the dish soap. You can give yourself a little mental escape when you’re washing the dishes — and of course, they’ll be done so you won’t have that task on your mind.

  1. Make the Bed

A neatly made bed will not only make the room appear tidy, but will make your mind feel tidy as well. Seriously, a neatly made bed can improve your life. For one thing, there’s nothing like crawling into a perfectly made bed after a stressful day.

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In addition, it will add routine in your life, on top of organization you seek. You will feel great when you walk into the room and see your bed made.

Organize and Get on With It

A clean and organized life will make you feel better. You’ll sleep better, eat better and relax better. A few simple changes to your daily routine can go a long way, and it doesn’t have to be hard. When your head and home are decluttered, you’ll live happier and healthier. After all, your head and your home are the core of your life.

 

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