Declutter to Destress

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here. I just read a short guest blog post from Allie Casazza of The Purposeful Housewife on The Balanced Life blog titled “How Getting Rid of My Stuff Saved My Motherhood” about minimalism and clutter. Let’s just say I found myself thinking the author must have telepathy because her words were my very thoughts. She referenced a study published out of UCLA in 2012 that claimed “managing the volume of possessions was such a crushing problem in many homes that it actually elevated levels of stress hormones for mothers.” Anyone else want to raise their hands? My kitchen is stuffed with things I don’t, and probably never will, use. One of our bedrooms is actually a storage shed. Literally. We have boxes of camping gear, home renovation tools, sports equipment, wrapping paper, and books. Tons of books. Now, to give us credit, we moved in thinking we were only going to rent for one year, so we decided to only unpack what we absolutely needed. My books, although they are cherished friends, didn’t make the cut. However, that room, even though it has a purpose, stresses me out to the max. I can hardly walk in there without my blood pressure rising. What I’ve noticed is that because that room is untouchable, I’ve allowed the inability to declutter that room to be my excuse for not decluttering the rest...

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