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Even if you don’t think you’re a hoarde, chances are, you’ve got a closet full of things you don’t remember having. These could be stuff from childhood, notebooks you thought were going to be helpful at some point, or just assortments of nice-to-haves.

However, there comes a time where you cannot ignore the maze of junk your collections have made anymore. This, coincidentally, is something that greatly affects our psyche. A study from Indiana University suggests that tidier houses are usually owned by healthier people—and that there’s powerful psychology backing organization and cleanliness.

Ultimately, if you want a positive flow of energy in your life, you’ve got to declutter. It’s not the most romantic idea in all sense of the word, but you can turn it around and have it better your health in the long run. If you’re thinking of giving it a try, here are some things to start you off:

Get to the root of the problem

Let’s not kid ourselves, decluttering is menial work. It’s overwhelming and takes a lot of energy, which is why you need to be solid on why you’re doing it. Section your reasons if you want: one part for a spotless haven and another for emotional attachment.

Figure out why you need less to feel in control and never try to act on the practical reason before you get to the bottom of the intangible things. That will only lead to clearing out the right and letting in the wrong. It’s also important to note that decluttering is merely a part of the process, not the solution.

Start today

You know how they say that if we wait until we’re ready, we’re waiting for the rest of our lives? It’s a cliché but it specifically applies to cleaning and organization. If you don’t pick up a thing or two here, you’re never doing it. A lot of factors can be crippling, but there isn’t a better time to start but now. You will have to work through the bumps before you’re smooth sailing, but you’ve got to begin today. No one ever said self-help is a walk in the park—and this is a clear example of why.

Start small and do it often

The whole idea of basically purging your home of your personal belongings is consuming, but you can always lead with the most simple thing possible and get the ball rolling. It might feel like you’re facing an impossible task, but going in with the easiest chore will help you get there. Before you know it, you’re halfway done and seeing results!

Let what you do today be enough

We’re being blunt here, so it should be easy to say that decluttering can be a nightmare. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though, as you can gradually work your way through it.

If it gets overpowering, go back to why you’re doing it. After you’ve got yourself centered, it’s best to cross out things off your lists little by little, shelf by shelf, or room per room. You don’t have to do everything in a day! That’s just counterproductive of what you’re trying to achieve decluttering. What you can accomplish in a day, no matter how big or little they are, are achievements nonetheless. You’ve got no competition and no deadlines here. You need to do it for you, and there’s no one way to do it.

Self-help isn’t definitive. It could be glitter bath bombs for an individual or weekend Netflix binging for someone else. Key is to always consider that it is personal at the core. Try things and find what does it for you. No guilts, just proper self-care and self-love.

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