I have an anxious personality. Whatever the underlying reasons may be, here I am. Whenever I get stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious I would look around my home and the STUFF would make it worse. It was suffocating in the midst of my struggle. I just wanted a home that was my safe haven and not an added stress. Creating open clean spaces eliminates so much stress and anxiousness. So I took control and created a space that was breathable, peaceful, and mine.
It's amazing how much a few simple action steps can make a home that helps ease anxiety. It's minimal but practical, clean but lived in, open but filled with things I love.
1. Take everything off the walls. This is the perfect first step because it's an instant change and the bare walls show a clean slate. Put all your things somewhere safe because you will come back to them.
2. Remove unnecessary items away from the baseboards. Think down size. Do you really NEED every wall lined with things? Nope. You want to see some baseboard. It will make your rooms feel open and you will feel like you can breathe better. If you need to rearrange go for it. Try something new with the furniture.
Creating clean open spaces eliminates so much stress and anxiousness.
3. If you have books and bookshelves put them all in boxes and get rid of the bookshelves. (You'll know what few books need to be out because you will have to go get them. Chances are it's not many.) I didn't realize how much the books caused an appearance of clutter. When they were gone it felt so clean and helped create less anxiety by not having to look at them all. I never brought mine back out. I initially planned on having ONE shelf with the books I use a lot, but I like the clean walls so much I just go to my storage and get a book if I need it then out it back when I'm done.
4. Clean up the cords from electronics around the house. Use ONE basket for charger cords and misc. cords and plugs. Use bread ties if you have them laying around to gather TV and gaming console cords to make them appear less messy.
5. Gather up the clutter. Clutter looks messy and can be a source of anxiety if your eyes see it all day. Take 10-20 minutes and go around to each place your eye says "cluttered". Either throw it all out or choose what you NEED and get rid of the rest sraight to the trash. If something is “piled” it needs to go. Creating open clean spaces eliminates so much stress and anxiousness.
Having your fresh, less cluttered looking, and open spaces in your home with make it easier to manage daily messes. You'll love the way your house feels and the environment will ease stress and anxiety rather than add to it.
6. When you're all done creating your open breathable spaces, go back to your decor and everything you took off the walls. Choose a couple of your favorite things and put them where you like them. Keep in mind this is choosing things YOU love, not choosing g things just because it is in style or your friends have those things. If you fill every wall with stuff again, you will just be recreating space that looks cluttered. So when I say only choose a few things, I literally mean a FEW! If you're unsure, save all the things for a while and give yourself time with the clean walls.
7. Maintain it. I get the struggle. I have 6 kids in a little over 2,000 square foot space. I pick up in the morning, at noon nap, and after they go to bed. Mess and anxiety are not friends. So staying on top of it will keep you from getting so overwhelmed and anxious when it piles up again. Having your fresh, less cluttered looking, and open spaces in your home with make it easier to manage daily messes. You'll love the way your house feels and the environment will ease stress and anxiety rather than add to it.
It doesn't have be perfect. Part of making it your own means not having a magazine expectation. This is about your mental well-being. Creating a breathable home you can find solace in and peace instead of more overwhelming anxiety.
Pray, breathe, and create your own anti-anxiety home.