If you need a boost during this time of the year, you’re not alone. The cold, dark days of winters can leave many people feeling “blah” as they stretch on seemingly forever. Along with bundling up and getting outdoors for some light exercise, another way to boost your mood is decluttering around the house.
A Fast Start
So many of us are stuck indoors most days during the pandemic, which may make the winter blahs worse than other years. But a positive way to look at it is that you’re already there, likely working from home, so tackling clutter is something you can start to do today.
The next question is, “Where to begin?”
Focus on the Area that Stresses You
Is there a particular spot in the home that you get annoyed just thinking about, let alone looking at it? Maybe it’s the messy top kitchen drawer that has been accumulating random things for months or the overflowing bedroom closet.
The stress and anxiety that comes from this clutter are no doubt contributing to your winter blahs. That’s especially true if it’s in plain sight every day.
When you clear away the mess and organize the space, you will likely feel a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. Also, staying busy can help combat feelings of overwhelm and tiredness.
Be sure to focus on only decluttering one small area at a time, though. Otherwise, you might find the project feels like too much. In this situation, you’re unlikely to finish it because you quickly feel defeated and give up.
After completing the small project, take a moment to reflect on a job well done before moving onto the next one. This positive thought process can counteract winter doldrums.
Clean the Windows
Finally, pull back the curtains and clean the windows in the area you’ve been decluttering; then do the same in other rooms at home. Doing so can help welcome in light and refresh the living space.
Maximizing the amount of natural light inside the house can go far toward improving your mood. Plus, looking out clean windows rather dirty ones helps the home look better. Enjoy the view too on those days when you don’t have the time to get outdoors!
Clutter Happens: Be Kind to Yourself
For most people, accumulating clutter happens gradually over time without barely noticing it. But when it gets to the point that looking at the mess brings down your mood, it’s time to make a change.
It’s important, though, that you’re not too hard on yourself when it comes to making improvements around the home. Recognize that most people have at least one area in their house that has clutter. It also takes time to clear it away, and sorting possessions doesn’t come easy for everyone.
Thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. One of our professional organizers can help you start to declutter your home virtually, or in-person when it is safe to do so.
Start to feel productive as you clear clutter and find places to store things that make sense. Your winter blahs are going, going, gone!