Home is where you often go to relax and de-stress after a long day. Sometimes though, home can be the cause of our stress. This happens to a lot of us when our house is cluttered or unorganized.
There are many steps you can take to eliminate the clutter and start creating a stress free environment for yourself. Here’s just a few of them:
IDENTIFY YOUR STRESS TRIGGERS
Does it drive you crazy when you get home from work and there are ten pairs of shoes by the door? Do you hate opening your overstuffed pantry cabinet and getting a can of green beans straight to the face? Whatever your top stress trigger is, remove it immediately! It may seem small but your irritability will begin to diminish by removing even one of your stressors. The more stress triggers you remove, the better you’ll feel.
TAKE A WEEKEND TO ORGANIZE
None of us feel like cleaning when we get off work, so make the effort to set aside a weekend and get everything in your home cleaned and organized. By doing this once you can maintain the cleanliness by simply picking up the house 10-15 minutes every couple of days. Closets, storage areas and pantries seem to get the least attention but we are reminded each time we view those spaces that they may need some organizing. Choose small projects here and there so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE
With your stress triggers eliminated and your house clean and organized, you can begin to find what relaxes you. Create a space where you can go to feel your best. Whether that be the living room you designed or your bedroom that always brings you comfort. By taking even a couple minutes to yourself in this setting you can reduce some of the stress picked up throughout the day!
While there are many other steps and strategies to reduce stress at home, these are a couple that can be done quickly and easily (and even provide some instant gratification).
You probably spend the majority of your time at work and at home. You have the ability to control the stress levels at one of these places, use it!