“Tidy house, tidy mind.” It’s safe to say we all have piles of papers, letters, or general clutter on our desks. What about the “catch-all” drawer in the kitchen were we put things we don’t quite know where to put anywhere else? Although we say we’ll go through that infamous junk drawer one day, somehow it’s on the bottom of our to-do lists, and we never get around to it. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge wants to help you conquer the little messes with a new approach to spring cleaning.
First, we do not want or expect you to do a complete overhaul of your home. Instead, we want you to clean or organize just one portion of the mess that has been bothering you for awhile, the one you keep staring at, promising to tackle tomorrow. These little piles, drawers, whatever it may be, are only a portion of the clutter, but you may be surprised at how great you feel after conquering these smaller battles.
According to Psychology Today, there is a stress that comes along with the messes we create. A few ways it does this are by distracting us from what our attention should be on, telling our brains that our work is never over, thereby causing us to feel guilty. I’m not organized enough. I can’t clean fast enough. Why can’t I be like so-and-so who seems to be on top of everything? Clutter may be doing more damage to your self-esteem than just making it harder to find your favorite jeans in the middle of the pile.
Here are a few tips to help defeat some of these little messes in our lives:
Create designated spaces for frequently used items to make sure they’re easy to find when needed. When you take something from that space, put it back once you’re done using it.
While cleaning, if you find something you don’t use or need, consider throwing it out or donating it. You will be pleasantly surprised how much space you’ll have when you start getting rid of things you don’t use anymore.
Have fun! Play music or listen to your favorite podcast or audio book. Cleaning is self- care, too, and doesn’t always need to be a chore. Enjoy it!
Again, focus on the little messes instead of the more overwhelming tasks. The impact of cleaning up smaller areas of clutter will add up overtime. We hope you are surprised at how much better you feel after you do!