The emerging blogger series is aimed at community building through giving mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It’s also a way to introduce you as a reader to some newer members of our community.
This post is by Jessica from Arts and Healing Hearts.
Minimalism and Your Mental Health
I went through a very difficult holiday season this past Christmas, and as soon as it was over I went into my apartment with the urge to get rid of things. Throw whole outfits away, get rid of nearly all knickknacks, throw out anything that reminded me of my stress…
I started that night, but I’m still getting rid of this today. Over the course of four and a half months, I’ve learned just how much a more simplistic, minimalistic lifestyle fits my needs concerning my mental health.
Why do it, you ask? Good question. Let’s peak at some of the benefits:
- Decluttered spaces encourage a clearer head space and mindset.
- Keeping items you don’t need or use can cause you to feel guilty for having them yet not using them… For example, a set of weights or a dress you didn’t like but someone bought you.
- Clutter makes you feel overwhelmed, opposed to the feeling of calm and collectiveness you feel in, for example, a simple, clean hotel room with minimal items and cleared surfaces.
- Let’s be honest, it makes cleaning so much easier and faster!
How do you start without feeling overwhelmed and throwing in the towel before you begun? There are many videos on this on YouTube, which I know because I’ve looked at them all, but my personal tips would be these:
- Start by focusing on a small space (desk top, dresser drawer, pantry, or shoe collection)
- And take each item one by one and put them into three piles or categories: keep, donate/throw out, and maybe/unsure.
- The “unsure” items, put in a bag or box and put it away for one full month. If you haven’t missed any items in there in that time, get rid of them.
- My next tip would be get rid of any duplicates you may have. This could be you have far too many blue ink pens, so you keep two and throw the rest out or donate them. You have three spaghetti spatulas… Keep one and donate two. Personalize your kitchen appliances to ones you use and get rid of any that you don’t use, for example a waffle maker.
- Get rid of anything broken. This could be a broken chair that you meant to fix but never got around to it and you have the replacement already so throw it away. Or this could mean dried up paint brushes, or a pair of shoes that don’t fit anymore, or are worn.
- My final tip in this post would be to beware impulse buying! You may feel liberated already from tidying up the areas of your home you’ve already worked on, but when you donate those unused items to the Goodwill, do not pull into a parking space to go shopping… Your goal was not to replace the items, rather to have fewer items. Instead, go home and enjoy that feeling of liberation without undoing it.
I hope this helps motivate you to declutter your space, and therefore your mind. I’m so in the middle of this process, as I live in a very small apartment and paint as a hobby and have far too much art supplies. My fabric storage cubes of art stuff are the next things I need to organize. Wish me luck!
-from Arts and Healing Hearts
Thanks so much Jessica for participating in the emerging blogger series!
You can find a listing of all of the posts in the series here.
Once or twice a week I’ll publish emerging blogger mental health-themed guest post(s) by bloggers who are early on in their mental health blogging evolution, with priority given to those whose blog has less than 50 WordPress followers. The focus is on community-building rather than just a one-off guest post.
If you’re interested in being featured in the emerging blogger series, email me at mentalhealthathome (at) gmail (dot) com with a brief description of what you’d like to write about and your blog name/URL. I’m looking for bloggers who have already had some form of connection with me or my blog, who have blogs that are focused on mental health, and who will contribute posts that are relevant to a broad mental health blogger audience. Although I may make occasional exceptions for bloggers that I have an established relationship with, generally blogs that serve a primarily commercial purpose will not be considered.