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How To Declutter Your Home For A Happier Life

Psychotherapist Fiona Hall on how clearing out clutter can help you to feel more in charge.

From the very moment of birth, you acquire possessions. As you grow older, the amount of possessions you own continues to increase. When you then become a parent, your house starts to groan beneath the heaving weight of possessions you and your growing family now own. All the time you are acquiring more and more. There is limited focus on managing your possessions and before you know it your 'Castle of Care, Calm and Creativity' has been reduced to the 'Cave of Chaos'! Your truly beloved possessions are lost amongst the toppling clutter.

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Clutter Is Draining

The psychological and physical effects of trying to manage all of this clutter can be so draining that it chips away at your motivation to take on the mess once and for all. Although the clutter drives you bonkers you seem at a loss to put order on it so you give up trying. Have you ever been really late heading out the front door as you had to search the house looking for what you or your children needed?

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Have you ever avoided inviting people over due to how you feel about your home? How much time do you spend every day tidying away or searching high and low looking for something? How do these situations make you feel? When it gets to the point that your possessions are affecting your happiness and negatively impacting on your quality of life, it is time to take action.

You Are In Control

You may feel sometimes, that many areas in your life are beyond your control. However, your home, your possessions and how you manage your space are definitely areas over which you have full control. Being in charge of your physical space can help you feel calmer and more in control of your life. There is a certain amount of satisfaction to be had in knowing where all of your possession are located. To be able to put your hand on what you need relatively quickly without any drama can definitely lower stress levels.

If you compare your home environment to your work environment, how do the clutter levels compare? Imagine if your office was as cluttered as your home? How exasperating would that daily experience be? I imagine it would prove so incredibly difficult to get any productive work done and would be extremely stressful. Surely your home would equally benefit from being clutter free? Your home should be the space that makes you feel secure, content, happy and proud. A space where you can close the front door, unwind and de-stress. Putting some time and effort into how you manage your possessions can transform how you feel about your home.

Free Yourself

Decluttering is surprisingly emotionally, spiritually and physically exhausting which is why the vast majority of parents just never get around to it. It is so easy to lose heart half way through and shove everything back into a cupboard making the situation worse. However, imagine how you will feel when the job is done and you have a strategy in place to stop any rebound. With some time and patience you will get there by working with a plan, a definite end goal and following a couple of simple strategies. Start clearing that clutter today and regain control over your space and your life!


About Fiona
Fiona Hall is a psychotherapist and counsellor based in Rathfarnham and a busy mum of twins. In September  2016, Fiona set up her own decluttering business, Consciously Clearing. Consciously Clearing is a mindful decluttering service designed to help clients clear clutter out of their homes and lives so they spend less time tidying and more time enjoying life. The process of decluttering is very cathartic and can totally re-energise both clients and their homes!

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