Our living spaces tend to have deep impacts on our psyche. In today’s life of stress and fatigue, psychological problems are pretty commonplace. We are often advised to get rid of clutter around us to feel better emotionally. Now, what exactly does that mean? Does clutter mean mess all around? May not be. It is more to do with a lack of harmony between the available space and the occupying items.

Everyone has a bit of junk lying in the house. Well, some of us may have more, some less. But yes, we all tend to have things with us, which are of no use. Why do we need to hoard them anyway? You may not need to throw them away. You can donate the items to those who would use them. This process of removing the excesses from our lives is what we call decluttering.

The first step of decluttering involves chalking out a plan. Make a list of the clutter zones you would like to tackle at home. Draw up your schedule as per the extent of clutter you are going to handle. Take one space at a time. Also, prioritize as per the level of mess.

The next step is to create a sorting system of your own. You can always take three big boxes for that. Label them as “keep”, “store” and “toss”. Ideally, the items you keep should occupy the spaces you create by removing the junk. The box marked for storage needs to go to your storage area. The one marked “toss” would have the items you want to get rid of. You can donate or freecycle the items. Recycling is also an option for recyclable items.

At times, it is difficult for us to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Remember the 80/20 rule? It says that we usually use 20% of our belongings 80% of the time. This applies to clothes, books, DVDs…almost everything. So, your mission should be to keep the items you use 80% of the time. Rest can go.

If you struggle to tackle big decluttering projects, start with smaller ones. See how it feels once you complete them. Start with flat surfaces like the living room coffee table, kitchen table, and so on. Organize the drawers and closets. The completion of each task is sure to give you a feeling of peace and achievement.

Studies have shown that there is a direct link between cortisol or stress hormone and clutter. Decluttering is found to lift up moods, help people stay focused, and even fight depression. The positive vibe generated by the overall harmony helps you to feel good.

So, all set to declutter your home? Once you are on the job, remember not to allow things to get piled up again. Make it a habit to declutter once in two days. This would help you to stay peaceful and happy all your life.