Our environment can have a positive or negative effect on our overall health and wellness. If our environment is in order, it can create feelings of peace and calm, if it is constantly cluttered or in chaos, it can bring on feelings of stress, panic and frustration.
All of these scenarios add stress, time and sometimes even cost (when we need to rebuy things we know that we have but can’t find) to our bottom-line in life.
It doesn’t have to look like an episode of Hoarders for there to be negative impacts. Even small amounts of disorder and clutter can create added work in looking for things we use on a daily basis or safety risks from trips, falls or other types of accidental injuries.
In that same line of thinking, it can feel overwhelming to wake up and declare an entire weekend of “spring/summer/fall/winter cleaning” to get your home to a place where the clutter and chaos no longer feels stressful and overwhelming. You may not have that kind of time, energy or the help required. If you don’t…start small. Today, start with your junk drawer, a cabinet or small closet – whatever you can reasonably do in whatever time you have available. You don’t want to pull everything out of your deepest, darkest, walk-in closet if you only have an hour. Each little step will bring its own little victory as you take back control of your chaotic environments – one junk drawer at a time!