If you walk into the room and feel uninspired or tired, take a look at the items around the house that may be the cause. Perhaps it’s time to let go of the things we love and give it to someone who needs it more than we do.
Here are some of the clutter to look out for:
1. Growing stack of papers
We’re all taught to reuse and recycle. However, our well-meaning effort could result in clutter. The stack of papers we collect just in case we can scribble on but never do? It’s time to chuck it out or take it to the recycling center. The same goes for papers in old files. It’s time to reorganize and consolidate shelf and file space.
2. Misusing table trays or organizers
Table trays are to help us keep the table organized. The pitfall is we may overdo it by chucking any kind of clutter into the tray, resulting in more disorganized mess. To manage this, we have to be really strict with ourselves with what should be placed on the tray.
3. Held hostage by heirlooms
Heirlooms are supposed to stay in the family but if it doesn’t give you any more joy, it’s time to give it away to a family member who wants it or donate it.
4. Kid’s clutter
Kids come with a lot of toys and artwork. So much that it’s sometimes overwhelming for parents during clean up time with their kids. To manage the number of toys, perhaps it’s time to give away the toys that are rarely played with. For the artworks, frame up or pin some of the artworks you love. The rest can be filed or secretly thrown away. More will come back.
5. Sounds from the TV
Some feel anxious when there is no sound but sometimes having sounds itself is the root of the problem. Excess noise creates excess stress so maybe don’t turn the TV on immediately when you get home.
6. Too many mirrors
A study done by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry in London showed that constantly looking in the mirror eventually got participants stressed about their looks. This doesn’t mean everyone should go mirror-free but to limit mirrors to the bathroom instead to reduce unnecessary stress.
7. Untouched books
Before fellow bookworms load their guns and slingshots, hear this one out. While books are wonderful because they are like gateways to other worlds, sometimes we just don’t pick up the old books anymore. For books like these, pass it down to someone else who may benefit from reading the book. You can even help build up a poorly stocked community library!
8. Unmade bed
A simple act of making the bed can start the day feeling accomplished. When you get home and see a made bed, it feels like you have housekeeping service.
9. Heavy drapes
If you can’t sleep with any hint of light in the bedroom, keep the heavy drapes there but for the rest of the house keep it light and airy. This helps to make areas in the house feel fresh and open instead of feeling weighed down.
10. Keeping broken items
If you have a problem with hoarding broken items that are beyond repair such as your favourite tea set that’s in pieces, here’s what Anjie Cho, an architect and certified feng shui consultant says,
“My theory is that it’s a feeling of lack. We’re scared of not having enough, it’s a poverty mentality.
Which really is about not feeling “enough” or worthy of ourselves. The fear of letting go of things.
But cultivating the poverty mentality only perpetuates it and surrounding yourself with broken items creates a similar broken energy in our inner and outer lives.”
Be brave to let go so newer and better things can come in. You may be able to buy that tea set you’ve seen and wanted at the shop!