8 Ways Clutter Affects You and Your Family

As an organizer I have seen first hand how a disorganized environment can wreak havoc on a family. Many people minimize how clutter not only affects you but the people around you.

My mission is to motivate and inspire people to clear the clutter and help them enjoy a simpler life.

These are eight ways clutter can affect your life. Do any of these sound familiar?

Marriage

Has your bedroom become a storage area for items that don’t have a place anywhere else in the home? It is difficult to have a romantic relationship when your bedroom is full of clutter? Remove toys, unused exercise equipment, school projects, pictures that were never hung and piles of paperwork.

In my opinion your bedroom should be a place that you look forward to coming home to at the end of a busy day. A place for peace, solitude and romance. Clutter breeds the exact opposite and the master bedroom should be one of the first areas in your home where serenity begins. Once you have purged and you are enjoying your new space it will encourage you to move on to others areas in your home.

Children

Kids learn by example. Once the environment is free of clutter you will be surprised the positive affects it will have on your family. Children actually enjoy knowing that everything has a place and being organized teaches them skills they will need in their adult life.

Time for Yourself

This is one that people don’t realize until I point it out. When you elevate clutter it gives you time to do the things you enjoy without feeling guilty. Making time for yourself needs to be scheduled like anything else on your calendar to ensure it will be done.

Depression

Clutter causes depression! When you clear the clutter and simplify your life you feel motivated and inspired. No one can honestly say they enjoy a cluttered house. Start with one area in your home and you will feel the difference every time you pass by what was once a cluttered room.

Overwhelmed

When clutter is out of control people feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin. If you have reached  this stage and you are feeling overwhelmed don’t hesitate to enlist the help of a professional organizer. Sometimes all you need is a little help to get the process started.

Feeling Defeated

When you live in a house full of clutter one of the feelings that always surfaces is the feeling of failure. I should be able to do this myself, what is wrong with me? My answer is NOTHING! People start out with the best intentions and then life, work, kids and school take over. Make purging a priority and keep your surroundings simple!

Over Buying

How often do you hear yourself say “I was looking for that”.  How much money do you spend on buying more of what you already own because you couldn’t find something or see it? Simplifying, keeping like things together and having a place for everything will prevent clutter and over buying.

Health Issues

Living in a house with clutter can affect a persons health and most people don’t realize it until the clutter is gone. It can create dust, mites, bugs, mildew, trigger asthma and cause sinus problems and allergies. When you clean around clutter you are not really cleaning. The things you own should never be more important than the surroundings you are living in.

Clearing the clutter and getting organized will eliminate stress for you and your family and the results will be life changing!

 

 

In My Opinion…Boot Shapers


Spring is here and one way to get organized while you are transitioning your closet for warmer weather is to make sure you store your boots so they are in shape and ready to wear in the Fall.

There are many options available but the one I use for myself, and  my clients , is the Original Boot Shaper.

In my opinion they are good quality, easy to use and keep the shape of the boot. If you store your tall boots on a shelf these inserts are hidden in the boots so they look neat and organized. They also come with a integrated hook if you prefer to hang your boots.

Right now they are on sale at The Container Store so it is a good time to stock up!

Functional, good price and look great (because you can’t see them) is a winner in my book.

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Five Favorites From Crate & Barrel

This weeks get organized favorites are from Crate & Barrel

Spring is in the air and there is no better way to get motivated to spring clean than with some inspirational photos. 

http-::www.crateandbarrel.com:max-chrome-6-shelf-unit:s628441Max Chrome 6 Shelf Unit

http-::www.crateandbarrel.com:laundry-butler:s638059Laundry Butler

http-::www.crateandbarrel.com:madesmart-clear-drawer-organizer:s207394Madesmart Clear Drawer Organizer

http-::www.crateandbarrel.com:heritage-hill-glass-jars-with-lids:f3079Heritage Hill Glass Jar With Lids

http-::www.crateandbarrel.com:3-piece-rectangular-storage-container-set:s565113Rectangular Storage Containers

Max Chrome Shelf Unit – These industrial shelves are so versatile you can use them in almost any room in the house. Laundry, garage, mudroom or even in a home office. 

Laundry Butler – A laundry basket on wheels makes moving from room to room a breeze. The hanging bar and shelf is all you need to keep your laundry area organized and efficient.

Madesmart Clear Drawer OrganizerClear the silverware clutter and organize your kitchen drawers with these simple clear drawer organizers. 

Heritage Hill Glass JarsKeep your pantry and counters neat and organized with these glass jars. Perfect for the baker  in the family or keep frequently used items.

Rectangular Storage Containers – Purge your tupperware by getting rid of any that have missing lids, are warped, or you just have too many for the space that you have. Invest in glass containers and only purchase what you need.

Crate & Barrel has many more items to get you organized this Spring but these were just a few of my favorites! 

Clear the clutter and get ready for Spring!