Stressful Times Call For Ways to Help Declutter Negativity
Who knew that when we started a new decade that we would have been faced with the challenge of trying to control an unseen enemy with this pandemic. Now that you are asked to stay at home and work from home to help with social distancing there is a whole new life that you need to learn how to manage.
In the meantime, find happiness in the fact that we have some extra time to spend at home and to decrease that honey-do list or to spend more time reading, catching up with loved ones virtually, being more active, or just taking care of our well-being.
I have sooooo many things that I want to do along with home tasks to complete that I’m sure it could keep me busy for a long time, but remember to prioritize the list and what you don’t have time to complete could always be done tomorrow or the next day!
I don’t know about you, but I am not a person that enjoys clutter. I like everything to have a place to eliminate junk being thrown in corners and I like to get rid of stuff that I no longer use or wear so that someone else may enjoy them. If you have the goal of going through your belongings and getting rid of some things that may no longer fit why don’t you utilize this extra time to do so! If you are home with kids, this may be a good project for you to do together.
None of our local consignment places are currently accepting items but I went ahead and contacted Stuff Etc about what guidelines you should follow so that you can drop off your items once they reopen. After you have gone through all of your items make sure they are clean by laundering clothes and cleaning toys. Once you have them cleaned you can find a box, tote or something to put them in so that they are ready to be dropped off once the consignment stores reopen. Start in one room and finish that room before you begin purging another to decrease the chance of your house looking as if it exploded, haha. Here is a link to their website if you’d like to learn more about how to consign >>
April is Stress Awareness Month which is why I chose this topic to be about decluttering. Decluttering doesn’t necessarily mean just physical items it can also mean emotional/psychological items as well. Especially during this time of uncertainty most of you could probably say that you are dealing with some emotional stress. In order to help to declutter the negativity make sure that you are surrounding yourself with positive people. This may mean that you may need to purge or declutter your social media in order to make sure that you are following people that are helping you to stay positive to declutter your mind of negativity. You may also need to limit your time of watching the news as that can increase your stress level. Make sure that you are following reputable sources of information and try not to post things to your own social media unless you know it to be coming from an educated source.
Remember during this time you can only control yourself and your thoughts, you can’t control others. Do what you need to do in order to decrease your daily stress. Take care of yourself and your well-being by staying active, going outside, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, read or listen to a book, listen to music and eating nutritious foods. Remember to laugh! We will all get through this, but we need to do it together. Do what is best for YOU! Stay healthy, stay well and we will hopefully see you sooner rather than later.
Want a helpful tool to help guide you through the process of decluttering? We have just the thing for you. Download our FREE wellness worksheet, which gives you 30 decluttering suggestions. Do them in order, or pick the items that you know you can tackle in the moment. Do an item once per day, or work ahead. The goal is to complete all 30 by the end of April.
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