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A decluttering expert has revealed the key ways to tidy your physical space, and how it will help to clear your mind.
Lizzie Grant, who blogs at Simplify Stuff believes that by clearing the junk in your home you can become calmer and more confident.
Lizzie - 'feelings - Success - Mood - Clear-out
Lizzie believes decluttering can give you 'feelings of success', which boosts your mood as a good clear-out also means optimum head space and living space, which can lead to healthy new habits.
Research shows that clutter affects women substantially more than men, as it increases our cortisol levels (feelings of stress) - so decluttering is also a proven calming influence.
Lizzie - Femail - Tips - Space - Mind
Here Lizzie gives Femail exclusive tips on how to declutter your space and mind...
Before you start decluttering, take a moment to imagine what your home would look like without the clutter. Imagine the time and energy you will save without having to search for things, and the happiness having a calm and peaceful home will bring you.
Photos - Difference - Clutter
Take before and after photos to remind yourself of how much has been accomplished and what a difference you have made. This will also motivate you to not let the clutter build up again and to feel encouraged to tackle more.
2. Storage solutions
Time - Money - Problem - Clutter - Stress
They sound amazing, but save yourself time and money and don't buy them before you start! They never solve the problem if you haven't decluttered first and will lead to more clutter and more stress.
Once you've decided which belongings you're going to keep and where, you can see if you still need to buy storage such as boxes and containers. If you do, measure the space to ensure that you buy items that are the right size and make the most of the space available.
Category - Belongings - Eg - Clothes
As you go through each category of your belongings e.g. clothes,...
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