Holidays good time to 'declutter'

Friday, November 29, 2013

With Christmas and New Year's fast approaching, stress levels can cause what should be a happy time to be less than enjoyable.

One way to take stress out of daily life is to reduce clutter in the home and mind. Mental Health professionals and counselors today are placing more focus on the clutter phenomenon to assist people to put more order in their lives and homes.

The philosophy at play here is that clutter is often the physical manifestation of emotional baggage. Known for creating spaces that are not only beautiful and comfortable, but also bring out an individual's personality, today's professionals offer tips to help people "take control of their stuff, instead of their stuff taking control of them."

"Your 'stuff' says a lot about you and where you are in your life. As you put up holiday decorations and prepare for family gatherings, do a "declutter" and only pack up what you want to take into the New Year.

The effects of clutter can be annoying, interruptive, and even devastating for families, their homes, and their space. Simply removing clutter can enhance everyday living.

Plus, there are many benefits to using this time of year to declutter, including:

*Get a tax deduction for the donation of items

*Less to pack up after the holidays

*Go into the New Year only with items you want

*Make room for gifts that will be received

We all like saving things we value, but some of us, with the best of intentions, can get carried away by hoarding and creating unnecessary clutter in homes and businesses.

And the problems associated with clutter can really manifest during the holidays when family and company come calling and the needed space for them is unavailable.