Anxiety, feeling out of control, and being overwhelmed are often indications of a cluttered lifestyle. Shambolic homes crammed with broken appliances, old furniture and piles of promotional post, or an unsystematic working environment can create unnecessary chaos and disorientation and leaves one feeling lethargic, obscure and unenthusiastic about everything.
Clutter affects more than someone’s outlook on life, it has a big impact on career progression, personal relationships and physical health; it may also influence opinions of colleagues, friends and family.
Mental and Emotional Health
It is also seen as a physical manifestation of one’s mental health. People who are hoarders have similar characteristics; they are often late to work, seem distant, forgetful and stressed.
Clutter affects the mental and emotional capabilities; it can limit motivation, performance and even social interaction. It fuels stress levels which has implications of its own; suppressed immune response, heart disease, insomnia and depression. Excessive clutter can also expose us to bacteria, mould, and pests.
When one is not organised in their personal life, it usually spills into their professional life and stunts their career progression. This disorderly way of living means deadlines can be missed, you end up working longer hours, and important stuff is lost.
Managers lose trust in unreliable employees and the chance of catching that big break will never come. Clutter equals stress.
Peter Walsh, author of “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” believes there is an association between the amount of clutter people have and their excess weight; a life of consumption he calls it. His theory may not be accurate but there is sense behind his way of thinking.
A life where time is constantly spent on looking for house keys, clothing items or work documents is not one that leaves room for a healthy diet or time to exercise. On-the-go croissants, cheesy-panini’s and microwave dinners do not provide the nutritional value one needs to be proactive, to feel good and to keep off the extra weight. Take a step back and plan your week’s diet; wake up 15 minutes earlier and eat breakfast or plan healthy meals for 3 evenings and stick to it. Working towards a healthy lifestyle, is the right step forwards in achieving a controlled living environment.
Our Top 5 Tips to help make your life a little more organised:
a) Start a healthier diet. When you are feeling better within your physical health, you will subconsciously want to improve on other areas of your life.
b) Take small steps and make a plan to put an hour aside every week, fortnight or month. During this time focus on one area and begin clearing. This is a great opportunity to give to
charity and those in need. Be strict on yourself, ask yourself “how will this item benefit my day-to-day life?” if it doesn’t then chuck it, file it or recycle it.
c) Any large items such as sports equipment, holiday gear or Christmas decorations can all go into a self-storage unit close to home. Do not let these once off occasions clutter your life!
d) Once you feel better at home, rearrange your working environment. Either implement a filing system or delete accumulated junk mail and bring home any item hoarding under your desk.
e) This is my favourite and I do this every 3 months; Rearrange your bedroom. Divide your shelves and hanging space into separate compartments for trousers, jumpers, t-shirts, skirts, pyjamas and dresses, separate your socks from your knickers and even label the shelves to ensure the order is kept. Take out empty product bottles or cloth tags and ensure everything has a place to go. Go the extra mile and put fresh linen on the bed, there will be an instant gratification to this task.
Robin Greenwood on behalf of Storage King; who offer self-storage solutions in nationwide locations for everyone. Whether it’s personal, student or business, short or long term, Storage King has you covered.
One of the many things that only become apparent once you have moved into your new home and started unpacking is a lack of cupboards and other storage space. You may have made a mental note to look into adding some shelving there or some hooks here, but somewhere during the exciting and daunting moving process, that thought got cast to the back of your mind. Part of the fun of buying a house is of course the chance to revamp and redecorate however, which means that you can create more space in your home to keep things organised.
Before you get started, take a walk around your home and determine your current storage options as well as the overall space that you have to work with. If you have sufficient space, you could have built-in cupboards fitted or even invest in a free-standing cupboard or two. If you have a smaller space however, even a few extra shelves can make the world of difference.
Space Saving Solutions for Your New Home
Now that you have some idea of what storage options you wish to implement, you will need to get all the supplies you need together. Pre-made shelving and cupboards can be simpler to install, while those who relish the thought of a good DIY project can source wood to make unique items instead. Other things you will need include wood glue, hammer, nails, screwdriver, drill and brackets. Some space saving ideas that you could consider include the following:
- Wall mounted shelves – these are ideal for smaller homes, and are great for living rooms, studies, children’s rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and even dining rooms. You can also add shelves at varying levels for visual impact, to store just about anything from books to glassware and everything in between. Brackets are essential, while durable, thick-cut wood is also vital to keep the shelf sturdy.
- Wall cabinets – these can be purchased pre-made or even made especially for you according to your wall measurements. Many wall cabinets have space for televisions and sound systems, while others can function as mini-bars or display cases. Always make sure that you do careful measurements of the wall area before ordering any units – the last thing you want is a cabinet that is too big for the room.
- Dual use storage – either look out for specially created items that offer storage and functionality, such as storage ottomans, coffee tables with hidden drawers or even drawers that can be fitted under beds, or make your own. Dining tables can be updated with discreet shelves or even wine racks, hooks can be added to kitchen cabinets for cups and pots, wooden sliding drawers can be kept under beds and unwanted bookshelves can be reborn as display cases.
The best part about moving into a brand new home is the possibilities that lie in wait. Creating the exact space you want may not happen overnight, but with enough creativity, vision and of course, good old fashioned elbow grease, you will be able to tailor your new home to your needs perfectly.
John Richson researches and writes about a variety of home and office repairs that can be done with the help of Silver Saints handyman services. When all else fails, let the premier handymen in London assist.