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These tips for getting rid of clutter will help you achieve your goals, because clutter drains your energy and creates chaos, which leads to stress…and being stressed is NO way to achieve your goals. Pat Heydlauff is an “energy design” and Feng Shui expert who specializes in lowering stress by eliminating chaos and clutter. Here, she describes how to de-clutter your bedroom and kitchen – which reduces your stress level.

First, a quip from eco-organizer and author Candita Clayton.

“Clutter creates stress and, in extreme cases, depression,” says Clayton, author of Clean Your Home Healthy. “It’s difficult to relax when you’re surrounded by laundry, work or reading materials because you subconsciously feel like you have things to do.”

To learn more about decluttering, read Clean Your Home Healthy: Green Cleaning Made Easy.

And here are Pat Heydlauff’s expert tips on getting rid of clutter the easy way…

Tips for Getting Rid of Clutter

Pat, what’s the connection between clutter and stress?
Clutter, whether in the form of stacks of magazines, tons of paper and piles of clothes or books, boxes and “stuff” everywhere, creates chaos which leads to stress. The stress comes from being overwhelmed by just looking at all the clutter and resulting chaos. There are so many things to do that nothing gets done, leading to further chaos and stress. To achieve your goals at home, be aware of the stress-clutter connection.

How does de-cluttering reduce stress?
Clutter is a personal energy drainer which stands in the way of success. It is also a distraction that impedes focus and productivity. Getting rid of clutter and eliminating chaos lowers stress because it increases your personal energy, helps you focus better, and improves productivity – which helps you become more successful in life.

What are some quick and easy tips for getting rid of clutter?
Start in your bedroom first, so your body can get restful and regenerating sleep. Take everything out from under your bed so fresh nurturing energy can flow completely around your body.

To get rid of clutter, use three boxes named KEEP, TOSS and DONATE. The things that go into the KEEP box put away into their proper place. Those in the TOSS box, get rid of them and those in the DONATE box give to your local church or charity. Move on to all areas of your bedroom one section at a time until it is clutter and stress free. To achieve your goals at home, remember that this is an ongoing process.

What are some easy ways to get rid of clutter in your kitchen?
Follow the same KEEP, TOSS and DONATE process in the kitchen. The kitchen is almost as important as the bedroom for eliminating clutter and de-stressing because it is the room used for physically nourishing your body. If it’s cluttered, it’s filled with stress – which can lead to all types of anxiety, such as digestion problems.

Get rid of anything that is broken, chipped or rusted and anything you haven’t used for at least two years. Make sure the kitchen counters are almost empty so you feel calm when you step into it, rather than chaos because you can’t find enough room to set even a glass on the counter.

What if you don’t have enough time to get rid of clutter your bedroom and kitchen?
Getting rid of clutter is a never-ending process. If you deal with a little stack or pile every day, you’ll keep your home clutter-free, and the chaos and stress will be under control – and you’ll achieve your goals at home. Another effective option is to get rid of clutter in one room every month, making the project much smaller so you can be more efficient.

For more decluttering tips, read How to Declutter Paper Clutter – 8 Home Office Tips.

If you have any tips for getting rid of clutter, please share them below!

To learn more about Feng Shui expert Pat Heydlauff, visit her at Energy Design.com.

  2 Responses to “Tips for Getting Rid of Clutter”

  1. Your post is so right on!!

    Monks have known that stress blocks energy needed to progress to spiritual enlightenment. Have you ever seen a cluttered monastery?!

    Sometimes people think that they are under so much stress that they cannot handle their clutter but it is actually the clutter that is blocking their energy and that is why they feel stressed!

    Anybody interested in developing their higher potential would be wise to first deal with the clutter in their lives!

  2. Great information. Thanks for sharing this.

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