Clutter Control: Is Too Much 'Stuff' Draining You?
Get your clutter under control, and your attitude and health just may improve, too.
Clutter Control: A Little at a Time continued...
Deciding what makes the cut can be tough, but making a list of parameters
can help. For instance, when cleaning closets, you might decide to throw out
anything stained or torn, to donate clothing you haven't worn for six months,
and to organize the rest.
Once you've learned how to get rid of the clutter, shift to maintenance
mode, organizers advise. Make an appointment with yourself for clutter
maintenance, Gilberg says. "Literally write it on the calendar." If you
keep your calendar electronically, enter clutter control as a recurring
Clutter Control: The Benefits
As people start to control the clutter, they begin to take better care of
themselves, Gilberg tells WebMD. Their attitude improves, maybe because they're
not rushing around so much looking for car keys buried in rubble or bills that
"As people clean up, their energy seems to rise," Glovinsky agrees.
And "once clutter is cleaned up, some people begin to work on other
issues." One of her clients, a professor unhappy with her job, got a better
position once the clutter was under control. Another, so overweight she was
housebound, joined an online self-help group after the clutter was cleared
"I think sometimes when people begin to see they can have an effect on
their lives in one area ... then they begin to take action in other areas of
their lives," Glovinsky says.