Addressing Clutter

Sunlight beaming through the branches of a cherry laurel tree. - 7/01/2019

Clutter comes in many forms – physical, mental, financial. It can quickly and subversively invade your life leaving you to feel hopeless, overwhelmed and anxious. Consider a few simple steps to remove unnecessary clutter from your life.

Physical Clutter

Amid accumulated souvenirs, 1970s Christmas decorations in the attic, boxes of old photos in the garage … take a breath and start slowly. Schedule about 15 minutes a day to start, and tackle one area at a time. Your commitment to the task motivate you and you’ll discover the benefits of organization. Little by little you’ll notice neat, clean spaces and an improvement in your mood.

Mental Clutter

Mental clutter can hurt your ability to think sharply, respond quickly and remember important things. Take baby steps to refresh your mind: 1. Get at least seven hours of sleep a night. (Yes, we are still preaching this decades later, because it works!)  2. Eat healthy foods to improve alertness. 3.) Drink plenty of water and limit caffeine and sugary drinks that can make you feel tired or restless. 4.) Take a short walk once a day to relax your body and reduce stress. 5. Talk with a friend if you feel overwhelmed.

Financial Clutter

Keeping up with personal finances is probably one of the least fun things you do in life, but there’s no way around it. One way to feel better about fiscal responsibility and reduce some frustration is to set aside some savings toward retirement.Even if you start small, you’ll feel better knowing that you’re building a nest egg. Another is to set a realistic budget and stick to it.

If life has you feeling overwhelmed, depressed or anxious even after you do some cleaning out, you may benefit from talking with a professional mental health counselor. Meet the medical staff at Lakeview Center.