Does your environment work well for you? Is what you need right where you need it, when you need it? Or do the rooms you live in just accommodate your stuff? Could you do with the equivalent of a pond Sludge Buster, to clear the piles of unsorted papers, unworn clothes, unused recipe books, unfinished lotions in the bathroom, musty spices in the kitchen… all those accumulated reminders of past times and intended futures?

Our homes, if we are fortunate enough to have them, are where we stash our food, sleep, nurture our young, shelter from the weather. They are places to escape to from social pressures, and rest from the daily efforts to survive. Our living spaces feel safe and comfortable mainly because they are familiar. They are where we like to think we can ‘be ourselves’. But once your basic needs are met, you will not feel better to go on filling your space with things you can’t decide what to do with, or don’t have time to use, or which you hardly see any more except to edge around or to look behind when you have lost something else. Our possessions can become a burden and our surroundings confine us, instead of making us feel more calm and free.

If your life is feeling empty or stuck, any little change for the better will make you feel livelier; and the place to start is where you already are, or where you spend most time. But the latest in kitchen and bathroom fittings or an even bigger television or sofa will not add up to less stress. For a lasting home improvement, change your mind, not your décor. Do you want to be less anxious, more assertive? Begin with your immediate environment. Do you want more time to devote to what you love and value most? Then consider overhauling the way you manage the spaces you live and work in. You are in your element when nothing in your surroundings impedes or distracts you, but on the contrary, silently supports you in doing and being your best.


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Further reading:

Andrew Mellen, Unstuff Your Life! Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good

Gill Hasson, Declutter Your Life: How Outer Order Leads to Inner Calm

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