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Clutter bugs

Ever wonder through your house and feel claustrophobic?  Ever have a stack of stuff to do and feel like you just don’t know where to start?  I recently read an article linking clutter in the home to depression.  Not surprising to me at all.  So often, my clients with depression long to get their house in order, yet, the depression symptoms and lack of energy and drive completely wipe out any chance of de-cluttering.  Here are a few things to consider if you find yourself trapped in clutter and battling depression symptoms that endlessly getting in the way of living the life you want.

1-Plan to start, not to finish.  So often housework and de-cluttering is a constant battle.  Sometimes there is no end in sight and that’s how it is supposed to be i.e. laundry, mail, dishes, etc.   Try focusing to start something, not to finish something.  If you have a to-do list, list out your activities as starting them.  Chances are you may finish something if you start.

2- Pick an area…not the whole house.  Work on getting one room in shape before you move on to the whole house.  When you’re feeling depressed, hang out in the room that you have cleaned instead of in the cluttered areas.

3-Make sure you’re having fun.  Remember to divide up your day.  Spend a little time on the clutter, but don’t make that the focus of your day.  If you do, you can pretty much guarentee that you won’t do much else.  If you do a little de-cluttering and then something fun, you can focus on the fun as a reward for de-cluttering and feel good while you’re having fun.

Just a few tips, but remember that behavior can change thoughts significantly and have a great impact on depression.

Until next time…


  • Arlene - Kariah,
    Just what I needed to read today after struggling with stacks of paper clutter. Good suggestions – I need to back off and have fun and start again tomorrow.

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