Clutter Stress

Pandemic. Economy. Politics. Family. 

There are no shortages of sources of stress these days.  Social unrest, economic woes and, oh yeah, a once in a lifetime pandemic.  People are stuck inside their homes (with their kids) like never before, and the stress is mounting, resulting in an increase in divorce rates, domestic violence and depression. The divorce rate is up 34% in the period March to June 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019.  According to the LA Times, depression rates have TRIPLED.  Of those surveyed just after the COVID lockdown, 27.8% of participants had symptoms of depression, as opposed to 8.5% in 2018 and 2019.

So what can you do to reduce this stress?  

One of the omnipresent, yet subtle, sources of stress inside a house, is clutter. WebMD has some great insight on clutter stress and how to reduce your clutter stress in this article: 

It’s no wonder that organization consultants such as Marie Kondo have risen in popularity recently, given the health benefits associated with getting organized.  And no, clearing clutter by clogging your closets and shoving stuff in secret spaces is not the same thing as being organizing.  Trust me, I know…that’s how I clean, and pack.  You’ll create even more stress because you won’t be able to find anything or know what you have.

If you’re serious about getting organized, make a list of troubled areas and start knocking them out one by one. Start small. Grab some boxes, containers and organizing materials from the Container Store, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby It may seem overwhelming when starting, but you’ll be amazed how good you feel when you knock out the first item on your list.  And to help you find those things you store in containers, the Elephant Trax app and smart labels are a great, inexpensive resource to keep a visual inventory at your fingertips.