Too much clutter can leave us feeling stressed and unhappy. This infographic takes a look at some of the reasons we hoard things, how too much clutter can effect your well-being and some useful tips on how to de-clutter to get your life and inside your home back on track.

Being surrounded with clutter and mess can cause havoc with your health, increase your heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels. Having a good clear out can help lower all of these, making you feel happier, more relaxed and calmer, not to mention freeing up space in your home, making it look more presentable and neater.

Both men and women have a tendency to hoard items that they will never use again, using excuses such as ‘it may come in handy’, ‘it has sentimental value’, or ‘it’s too good to throw away’, and while one or more of these may apply, we need to sort out the proverbial ‘wheat from the chaff’ in order to move on with our lives.

Taking a methodical, step-by-step approach to de-cluttering will make the process easier and faster. Using the rule of 3 Rs, Reduce, Recycle Reuse, and concentrating on one room at a time, the whole process is far more achievable.

Designating yourself a time schedule can also speed things along and help prevent indecision and dithering, for example, allocate 3 hours for an average sized room. Stay focused and complete each room before moving onto the next, otherwise you could end up disheartened and more disorganized.

When you’re moving home consider renting self-storage to make a stressful time in your life simpler. Storing items is a great way to keep things you will need and lessen the psychological burden of having to throw them away.

Follow the guidelines shown in the inforgraphic and you will soon find that you have a clutter free life and home.

Why Do We Hoard? Mindful Decluttering

Why Do We Hoard? Mindful Decluttering Infographic

Infographic Source: Flexispace