Clutter and disorganisation can contribute to stress and anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. Studies have shown that clutter can also reduce our ability to focus on a task. Decluttering can help you feel more relaxed and improve your sense of well-being. However, it is important to do it one step at a time to avoid burnout – physically and mentally. While clutter is most thought of to be physical mess (whether it’s your desk, your bedroom or kitchen for example), clutter can also be in different aspects of your life. Here are some of our recommendations on decluttering!
The most common clutter there is – your space. Whether this is at home, at work or even where you study. For some, decluttering can be overwhelming (especially after tougher or busier periods of your life), with areas becoming more built up with things.
Start off small. You can start in one room, or even one area of that room, such as the floor, a desk or your counter. If you find you need a break from decluttering – have some rest. Or if you’re finding yourself up to doing some more – go on to the next spot!
Did you know that what you consume through social media can impact on your wellbeing and mood? Whether this is celebrities, news, or even people you know. Many studies have indicated that prolonged use of social media platforms may be related to negative signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Whether you’re an avid social media user or your feed is full of people you don’t talk to or care for, your social media should be focused on the things you want to give your attention to.
Unfollow, block, or mute those accounts. Social media platforms offer alternative options to not seeing content – such as muting people you still want to “follow” but don’t want to see, or even muting certain words you don’t want to see. It might be hard in the moment, but you’ll feel lighter and refreshed in the long run.
Have you succumbed to the “clothes chair”? Or have lots of clothes that you don’t wear anymore? Whatever the case is – doing a wardrobe declutter every now and then is a great way to ensure you are still using the clothes you love and getting rid of the things that don’t hold as much value to you.
Clothes that are still in good condition (would you give this to a friend?), you can donate or sell on Facebook Marketplace or Depop. Sometimes UQU may hold suitcase rummages or Collectives may have Clothes Swaps, so you can sustainably get rid of your clothes, and give someone something that they will love. Clothes that are ripped, have holes or the material is deteriorating should be thrown out.
Your Fridge and Pantry
It’s an unofficial fact – there’s probably a few things in your fridge or pantry that you were going to eat later; whether it was a few days ago, weeks ago, months ago or even years ago. There are probably things that you are definitely not going to eat or have expired. Go through your fridge, freezer and pantry (preferably as close to bin day as possible!) and see if there is anything you need to use or can chuck out. Then you’ll have more space for things you want, and know what you need to get.
You can try and make time for decluttering in shorter sessions, like a quick 10 minute tidy up, or spend more time to do bigger declutters. Got some stuff to recycle? You can head to the Reuse & Recycling Station at the UQ Union Complex.