Get rid of your visual clutter so you can live a happier more peaceful life!
Today I read a powerful article about the link between cleanliness and personal happiness or peace. I am pretty sure we all know there’s a link. I know if my home is cluttered, I feel like I can’t breathe well (not literally) but I feel so overwhelmed, and down. The moment it’s clean, I’m happy and so is my family. In the article, they mentioned “Women who described their living spaces as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.” The researchers also found that women with cluttered homes expressed higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.”
It makes sense to me! So let’s concentrate on HOW to organize and unclutter our home! I want to go through a quick visual clutter guide. I think this will be helpful. Most of us have a hard time knowing where to start so let’s start with containers! In 2011, researchers at Princeton University found that clutter can actually make it more difficult to focus on a particular task. Specifically, they found that the visual cortex can be overwhelmed by task-irrelevant objects, making it harder to allocate attention and complete tasks efficiently. So let us concentrate more on the visual clutter and what to do about it.
Get containers or jars for the things in your pantry and things, it helps reduce the visual clutter really well! The boxes and things at the store were never meant to fit neatly in your pantry. It doesn’t matter if you chose different shapes and sizes or uniformed containers and jars, it will make your shelves and your countertops look so much nicer and most of the time it makes it easier to use the products! If you go with clear containers and jars you can see how much of the product you have left and if you need more! Anyone else ever has 3 different packs of facial cotton pads unopen in the cabinet because they couldn’t remember how much they had left? Just me?
One of the added benefits of transferring your items into containers and jars is that you won’t have to fill your cabinets and pantries with the unsightly stacks of pasta boxes. Dry goods are great for these containers and jars! Rice, beans, and things like that because they are long-lasting, just be sure you get an airtight container. Also, do the same for all your baking needs, like flour, and sugar because you can easily put your measuring cups inside! If you have anything with an expiration date that you’re transferring into a container or jar, be sure you place the date on it, you can get chalkboard stickers to write that on, that’s an easy to update method!
The Laundry room
You probably don’t think it’s worth transferring laundry products into jars but once you see how nice laundry pods and dryer sheets look in clear containers you’ll think differently! Just be sure that all of these products are out of reach of young children and pets.
The door on the fridge can get way too overcrowded with odd-sized bottles and jars, transfer the most frequently used items like salad dressings, condiments, into a squeezable bottle to make it easier to store them side by side and use every last drop of your favorite dressing! Use a label maker to mark what’s inside each one and the expiration date. Plus, You can put your olive oil and vinegar in a squeeze bottle to make it easy to drizzle over pasta and other dishes without the mess!
We will go through more of these visual clutter tips this week!