Life has changed for all of us, most of us are spending a lot more time in our homes, noticing areas that need work and focus! This can be challenging and can affect us in many ways. Being organised can reduce stress levels and research suggests that decluttering can have a positive impact on how we feel.
The key is to concentrate on one thing at a time and break it down into manageable chunks. I always say to my clients to start with something small rather than them saying “I am going to tackle the whole spare room in one go” as too big a goal can be counterproductive, so baby steps are the most efficient way to work. This will keep the momentum going to allow you to complete a task and hopefully start the next one.
As more of us start to declutter, I feel the biggest hurdle for my clients is the sentimental items we have acquired over the years. People feel quilt over letting these items go due to having them for a long time or being given them by a family member. I believe that our attachments to loved ones are in our hearts and in our heads, so I ask my clients this, Is it your taste? Are you going to use it? Do you have space for it? If the answer is no, then it is time to let go of this item and let it be used by someone who is ready to give it a new home!
Lockdown has reminded us all to start valuing experiences and the small things in life, rather than things we own so this is the perfect time to hit the reset button.
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