Words by George Douglas-Davies
Edit by the MYSHUBOX.COM Editorial Team
The saying may go, ‘Tidy home, tidy mind,’ but can this work for your shudrobe? It’s stress awareness month and here at myshubox we’re offering up the best life hacks for keeping calm and carrying on, like decluttering.
Confronting the issues that are immediately in front of you, like a messy closet, is one of the best ways to get in a positive headspace. Tackling minor annoyances head on will get the ball rolling for life’s real stresses and allow you to tick something off a to-do list longer than an episode of Real Housewives. Think of it as a stepping stone to more challenging problem solving like where to go for dinner or asking your boss for a well-deserved raise.
Author and phycologist Marie Kondo states in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, “From the moment you start tidying, you will be compelled to reset your life. As a result, your life will start to change.” So, if you want to bring a change to your life, go ahead with cleaning and organizing your space and start a tidying marathon.”
The satisfaction and peace that comes from decluttering a space will allow you to take control over situations and feel less overwhelmed. Princeton University Neuroscience Institute researchers published the results of a study in an ssue of The Journal of Neuroscience, that relates directly to uncluttered and organized living. They found that when your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. They concluded that clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.
Further research published in the scientific journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin used linguistic analysis software to measure the way 60 individuals discussed their homes. Women who described their living spaces as “cluttered” were more likely to be depressed and fatigued than women who described their homes as “restful” and “restorative.”
Organising a personal shoe collection may allow you to uncover forgotten gems and reignite a forgotten passion for footwear!
Credit: Instagram – Rachel Zoe.
Don’t know where to start? Then why not enlist the help of a professional. LA based Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design has worked with the likes of Christina Aguilera and Reese Witherspoon. The chief executive and designer of the bespoke closet organising company, provides a worldwide service that will bring order to otherwise impossible spaces. Alternatively if you’re looking for more of a design overhaul, perhaps it’s an interior designer you need. Laura Day, whose sophisticated and minimal designs help clients achieve a balance between style and functionality – it’s out with the old and in with the new! After getting her start renovating at a New York Times approved restaurant she has worked for Vogue, Traditional Home and Elle Décor – she’s sure to handle whatever you throw at her.
Credit: LA Closet Design.
Other benefits of tidiness include knowing where everything is – something that will save precious time. Organise your boxes with labels, and labels by alphabetical order; try designers names – alternatively, heel height, colour or season. It’s about whatever works for you and can get you breezing through early morning outfit choices, whether you’ve got a plane to catch or a meeting in the boardroom. However this comes at a cost. Consistent tidying means NO HOARDING – everything should have its place, and it is harder than you may think to keep the mess at bay.
Decluttering is not only an opportunity to destress but also a great way to give back. A little bit of good karma never goes amiss, so why not donate your findings? Each Fashion capital of the world has its own best spots – if you’re based in London there’s the Royal Trinity Hospice or Fara Vintage, Milan has the Opportunity Shop . Paris? Try Sissi’s Corner on the Champs Elysees and in New York, Buffalo Exchange of course! Remember, one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.
Credit: Glen Luchford for Vogue Magazine.