Our homes should be a space where we feel good, an environment we want to spend time in. An orderly home takes away our worry and stress – it does NOT add to the overwhelm of our busy lives.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reducing Stress with a Clutter Free & Organized Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[00:00:00] Stress comes from a number of different things. One of those being the clutter, the actual physical clutter and the state of our homes, our homes should really be a place where we feel good, a place that we want to spend a time in a place that takes away our worry and really removes us from the things that are causing us a stress on a daily basis.

Our home should not be adding to the feelings of stress and overwhelm. Overwhelm. Hey there friends. Thanks for being here today, before we get started with those episodes. So I want to let you know, I’m actually traveling, I’m recording this from a hotel room. So if the sound is weird, this hotel I think is 30 something stories. I, and there’s work being done. There’s people on scaffolding kind of, not too [00:02:00] far from my window and every once in a while, it’s a little bit noisy.

So I’m trying my best to have the quality of sound. Be good. But, uh, if there’s any weird noises, that’s what you are probably hearing. But today we are going to be talking about stress. And what that looks like in our home most, and really what it looks like when we remove some of that stress overwhelm exhaustion.

Those are all common words. And with everything that is happening in the world, in our jobs and our families and our homes, really with all that life is throwing at us these days. It is no wonder that these words keep coming up over and over again when busy, usually moms and parents and. People are describing.

How do they feel when they’re really being honest? When you’re being honest, how are you feeling these days? Those are words that are coming up over and over again. I am here for most things that are going to reduce stress. How can we, how can we kind of eliminate some of that stuff? I would like to. Get proper rest.

I feel like the rest and sleep is super important and I want to do things that make my life easier. So today I’m going to answer a listener question on this episode. If you want to submit a question for me to answer, or you feel like you’ve been struggling with something at your house or just something that is coming up over and over again, but you don’t know where to start.

You don’t know what to do. You don’t know where to begin an organizing project, or you want to know how to do something you want to know. What I have done in my home, in this space to organize it, or you want to know what I would do in a specific area in your home, how I would organize something, a product I would use really anything along the lines of organization, decluttering meal planning, streamlining, setting, up systems, creating and implementing those routines that are going to keep everything together and [00:04:00] really make everything stay as functional and as easy as possible. Anything that you think will help you simplify your home and your life and the daily struggles, if it can make your life easier.

And if we can simplify things, Then I am here to help. Come up with a solution or share a solution that I know already works. So you can submit your question by going to intentional edit.com. Click on the little record now button that pops up. And then it will let you submit a question to me. It is super easy.

And when I see that question, I will use it for a future episode or usually Tuesday episodes where I answer listener questions and dedicate the entire episode to finding a solution for you. And. Helping you get that specific question answered for your home, because if you are struggling and you have this issue. I promise you, you are not alone.

There are so many other people that are also dealing with this and have this same issue and would love a solution. So go to intentional, edit.com, click on that record now button and submit a question that I can answer to help you. And to help so many other people listening to this podcast on a future episode. The question that came in, that I will be answering today. It’s a short one. It says, what do you mean when you say in the podcast that when my house is organized, I will be less stressed. Okay. I love it. Stress comes up all the time. You know, that is, I don’t want to say a trendy word. It’s just a common word right now, because so much is happening. In every aspect of most of our lives. That can be considered stressful or that can be something that. Something’s going on, that’s contributing to the stress.

So if we can have a peaceful, tranquil, organized home that fuels good, we’re going to have a [00:06:00]place that is less stressful, or that is going to be taking away the stress instead of adding to it. And that’s super important, especially when we have all these outside factors. Uh, contributing to some of that stress and overwhelm in our life organization is going to reduce stress in every single part of your life.

Not just in your home. In your office or at your house, or if you’re a teacher being organized in your classroom means less stress in your classroom. If you have a home-based business supplies, inventory, all of that being organized. That is going to help you have less stress. We could be talking about anything from your car to your home, to your baby’s room, to your workspace, to your calendar, to me, energy, even as something as simple as it to do list or your entire family’s busy schedules being organized with physical belongings or on a paper or in your mind, or with a digital clutter. All of these things, organization is helpful.

It’s really playing in some bull being organized. That means you have less to worry about you have less distress about it in a way we could think about it. Like it gives us breathing room in our life. Probably like we can take a deep breath, that breathing room that we didn’t even know was possible, or we didn’t even really know that it was missing or like where we could get that from.

But bringing organization and removing clutter from our home is that’s going to be huge and our overall wellbeing and how we feel. Now I will leaning toward thinking that in this question, she is referring to the actual physical items being organized. That’s just how my initial thought of where it seems to go.

How are those physical items in the home being organized? W like this topic, it goes actually far beyond just the [00:08:00] physical things that we can see or we can touch or that are right in our face. For this question though, we’re just going to focus on physical organization. Even though all these things kind of run together and work together. And it’s. A bigger, a bigger topic that quite a one goes into the other kind of. And the other, and they kind of all work together. So, whatever we are talking about, if it’s organized properly, it doesn’t matter if it is a specific room, a bookshelf, a drawer. Anything physical belongings in the home.

That’s what we’re focusing on. If it is organized properly, that means the organization is going to last longterm you’re organizing for long lasting results. And that also means that purging had to be part of this process. To get organized. When we go over all of this in detail, in this simplified whole masterclass, we are talking about the proper ways to purge and to declutter and to get the excess out of your home, and then how to organize every individual room with those tips and ideas.

And it’s extremely detailed in this simplified whole masterclass. We really dive in so that you can do thorough elimination of the extras. Get rid. Rid of all that stuff, cluttering up your home and then organize it properly so that you can have long lasting results. Reducing the clutter getting rid of that excess.

That’s the first step. That’s the first thing that we have to do. We have to remove some of these things. And once that’s done feelings of stress and overwhelm. Also go away with that. When you get some of that clutter out of there, that’s one of the first ways that being organized. Brain news, the stress levels down in your life. Because removing clutter removes stress.

So that right there, the [00:10:00] decluttering is already starting off the process with less to manage. And less for you to store and less for you to think about. So that’s one way that your stress will be Reduced and that’s going to be helpful and that’s just how we kick off this whole organizing process. So let’s talk specifically.

What about like the kitchen? Say your kitchen pantry, for example. That would be an easy one, because if you’re, if you have a pantry that’s organized, you are going to see.

What you have, you’re going to know what you have. You’re not going to be buying duplicates. You’re not going to be buying food that you don’t need.

You’re going to stop wasting so much. You, you know what you have and you can see what you have, you know, what you need to get. So you don’t run out of things you. Are not stressed out by looking in this cabinet or walking into the pantry and seeing a big mess and feeling bad because food has expired before you ate it, or you don’t have what you needed to pack lunches, or you can’t make the dinner that you thought you were going to make. Because the food isn’t there, you didn’t buy the right things for the recipe.

So you’re saving time. You’re saving money, you’re saving your sanity. You’re not driving yourself crazy. And you’re not. Coming up with these little things that add to the stress, because all of a sudden you have to run to the store. You have to run out and get one more thing. You’re not adding to your to-do list of things that have to be done last minute, which last minute things are already stressful. Let’s talk about another example. So say, say the closet, your closet. You’re constantly. Needing to figure out what to wear and you’re having trouble with this. The majority of the items in our closet, we don’t wear. Studies show that we actually were a very small percentage of the clothing items and shoes and accessories that we own.

So you’re struggling to make outfits and wear outfits that feel good. You can’t put them together. You can’t find things that you’re looking for. Your [00:12:00] closet is stuffed. It’s overflowing. You are going to save time by. Eliminating once you’ve done the purging. You’re going to save time when it’s organized.

You’re again, going to find what you need when you are looking for it. You are going to have. More of a chance of wearing more of what you own, because you can see it and it’s easier to make outfits that you like and that you feel good in when you can see what you have and you can put them together.

And it’s not a such a cluttered, overwhelming feeling. So you’re saving time. You’re saving money. You are. Um, overall feeling better because you’re using more of what you have. So there’s ways to reduce the stress by decluttering and organizing your closet as well. Another area of the home that is common.

And this one, especially if you have young kid toys in a family space or a living space or out and about in the house, cause parents, moms, especially to be stressed out and feel overwhelmed and feel like the house is never clean and it never stays picked up because the toys magically appear everywhere. When you have those toys organized and they all have a place to go and an all have a place to be put away.

And that also involves clearing the clutter. It involves purging some of those things that are broken or that we don’t use anymore, that the kids don’t play with anymore. That means less visual clutter. Less arguments from siblings, less things to put away, again, all of these things that we’re talking about, and we could keep going with this list. And add more to it. In general, if you think about the examples that I just gave. Being organized means that you have what you need when you are looking for something, you can find what you are looking for when you need it.

You don’t overbuy because you are aware of what you [00:14:00] already have and you’re aware of what you need to purchase, or what’s, we’re running low on. Or what has worn out? You’re less likely to get duplicates. You’re less likely to be wasteful. And you are aware of what is in your home. So being organized saves time, it saves money, and those are just two ways and those are big, significant things. But those are reducing stress, improving our surroundings with order and just simply creating a more tranquil environment.

Those are great ways to reduce stress and ease our mind. And we’re also removing some of that visual clutter. That is another way that we are going to bring our stress levels down. You should be able to enjoy living in your home. It should feel good to be there. It should not be an overwhelming place. Your home is a living space for you.

It’s a space for your family. And we want to be able to thrive in our homes. No matter the size, no matter the location, no matter the circumstances, when we take the time to declutter and to organize and to create the routines that keep that order and functionality going. That means we’re making the day to day things happening in our homes. Easier we’re truly simplifying everything that is going on. And it makes it so that our homes are less stressful. Our homes should be a place that is a place we want to be in where we feel good.

We want to be in our homeless. We want them to be peaceful where we bring our stress levels down. Our home is our not a storage location. And when we look at them and they are unorganized and messy and full of clutter, that’s what they are. They’re a storage location for all of these things that are really. Adding burden to our life. And when you declutter and organize [00:16:00] your house can finally be a place that you enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!

 

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