If you find yourself depressed and have a messy home, that is the reason for your depression. A study was done showing that those who have clutter in their home are more likely to suffer from depression. It does make sense if you think about it. When you have a clean house and no trash or clutter around you, you are happier. However, when you live in a home with clutter, you are feeling more depressed.
Let's take the TV show, “Hoarder's” for example. If you have ever watched the show before, you should know that none of these people who live in a hoard are happy. And, there is a reason for their hoard. They started hoarding because they suffer from depression and collecting things makes them somewhat happy.
According to homemaking.com, there are some things you can do to start getting rid of the clutter and live a happier life. Keep reading to learn about how you can start getting rid of the clutter in your home and live a more comfortable life.
Start With One Room or Thing at a Time.
It may be hard to do at first, but you've got this! Tackling one room at a time and starting slow will get you where you need to be, even if it takes a while. Tackle the one place and don't stop until you are done with that one room. Donate things to charity that you haven't used in months or years. You can do this! If you forgot about it and don't currently use it, that means you don't need it and can live without it. Get rid of the stuff you don't use, and you will start to feel better.
Is it Trash or Treasure?
You also need to distinguish which of your stuff can be thrown out and what you can keep. You know the saying, “One man's trash is another man's treasure.” Think of that and decide what you can save and what you can Throw away or donate to people who can use it more than you.
Stay Away From Storage Units
Storage units might be useful sometimes and for some people but if you have a problem with clutter and hoarding, you need to stay away from them. All you will do with one is put stuff in it that you will forget about. If you don't use it now, you never will and don't need it. Remember that!
Everyone loves to shop. And, although it can be a good thing to buy new things, it will just lead to more clutter in your home. Try to only shop for what you NEED, not what you WANT. If you do that and use what you buy, that is one step toward getting out of the hoarding mindset.
Using the tips above and admitting you are a hoarder and that you have too much clutter, will lead to a better life for you and your family. Remember, you aren't the only person who lives in the house. If you have kids, they need space to live, sleep, eat, play, and do their homework. Once you get your home cleaned up and keep it that way, your depression will diminish tremendously.