Decluttering your house and mind

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For Dallas realtor Jordan McMakin, the realization of having too much finally set in. After telling her clients to practice the art of decluttering before listing their homes, she started to clean out her things.

Says McMakin, “I figured out that might benefit us too. Took hair accessories from a thousand to a key twenty pieces, haha!!”

She discovered more than just organized cabinets.

“It’s really helped me declutter everything in my life,” says McMakin.

She continued, “It’s like, as soon as I started organizing my closet and my drawers and the kitchen and compartmentalizing everything, there was just clarity with other parts of my life. I know that sounds strange but I started getting organized with goals that I need to do for the day, planning for the week, it just stemmed in all facets of my life.” 

The notion doesn’t sound strange to psychologist Rebecca Corona.

According to Corona, “Having a cluttered environment sometimes makes it difficult to see the possibilities and once it’s clear you’re able to concentrate and see things a little bit better and anything is possible which can bring joy to someone.”

She says the physical act of decluttering  can release the same endorphins as exercise, which make you feel emotionally better.

And once you reach your goals.. Your space can become an instant de-stressor.

Corona adds, “Once we are able to see that we can cope and that we can manage without those belongings, we might feel better and sometimes just seeing that stuff just makes us anxious.”

Proving that tidying up clears the mess and your mind.

Psychologists say before you start decluttering, understand that the process will take time. It won’t happen overnight. They suggest that you start with the space that bothers you the most, and they also say the best way to ensure that you’ll actually start decluttering is to schedule it on your calendar.

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