After a 2 week break for the WEDDING
I came home to TACKLE the Dinosaur of my Garage Project.
I am still not quite finished..... but the difference
in both my brain and my garage are simply AMAZING!
If you remember the state of my (PRE-organization)
GARAGE Destruction.... it was merely a
"stack it anywhere- walk around it and squeeze through the door"
kind of GARAGE disaster.
I HATED walking in it, walking through it, or even opening the door.
However it is the DOOR
we walk through each and every time we come and go in or out of our house.
If you look really closely .... you can see the door to the house on the far right
of this image. It's the white tall thing on the side. haha
NEEDLESS to say... it put a damper on my mood!
A 2016 study from Cornell University on "clutter stress" revealed some incredibly frightening information about what CLUTTER does to your brain.
CLUTTER is like having a continual MENTAL "to-do" list.
Chronic "clutter stress" creates a perpetual state of anxiety
that alters many bodily functions due to the release
of the hormone called CORTISOL.
So.... before I show you my ALMOST finished garage makeover.....
LET me tell you the TIPS and steps I used to "Tackle The BEAST!"
The 1st and I think MOST IMPORTANT step of the whole process is HONESTY.
Take a genuine honest look at WHY your space is in such a state of disarray.
Is it because of......
*TIME (feeling too busy to stop and put something away)
* SPACE (not enough room to store all the things you need to keep)
* LOCATION (no specified place to put it)
Once you determine your REASON (time, space, location) ....
ADDRESS THE PROBLEM.... aka...your dinosaur!
Our garage was a combination of LOCATION and SPACE....
so I set off on a mission to fix the issue!
STEP 2 : TAKE EVERY single thing out of your space
STEP 3 : Decide what you really need this area to store and/or be used for.
My needs were:
1. Butch workshop/tool space
2. Art space
3. Yardwork/Equipment space
4. Workout Space
Once our needs were assessed...
I began to look for any and EVERY inch of usable space.
Don't forget to:
1. Go Vertical
2. Use Walls
3. Create Shelves
4. Use Hooks
5. ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE... (furniture/crates/boxes)
Then.... search for like items
and, MOST IMPORTANTLY
EVERYTHING NEEDS A PLACE TO GO.
If you let yourself have permission to "just set it there" it will STAY THERE!
CLUTTER in your space is CLUTTER in your mind,
which drains you mentally
and overstimulates your senses.
1st Butch's Work/Tool Space
2nd My Art Space
NOTICE... you can actually see MY DOOR (bottom left)...
and it feels so good to walk into it!
I posted The Yardwork/Lawn Equipment in the previous "garage clutter" blog,
click here to review:
and will finish The WORKOUT SPACE this week
and add a few BONUS Images.
The difference in how it feels to walk in and out our DOOR into this CLEAN/ORGANIZED space is overwhelming. It feels like I have given my brain a bath! No more anger, or frustration, or loss of energy as I enter and exit. Just a refreshing dose of Gratitude for our new spaces and the ability to USE THEM effectively.
IF you have "clutter stress" like we did... my best advice is to TACKLE it head on.
Take it one step at a time and seek FUNCTIONALITY of your space.
Decide if your clutter is:
1. memory clutter- (things you just can't seem to let go of because a memory is attached to them.... but no longer loved or used). A friend of mine offered an excellent suggestion to TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH of the item you hold the MEMORY of, and set it free into the world to create a beautiful memory for someone or something else.
2. maybe clutter-(things that you MIGHT need or use latter). Truthfully, most research shows that if you do not have a place for it, and are basing the worth of keeping an item on a "MAYBE" use factor.... you will probably NEVER use it. If you don't like it enough to find it a home... Get rid of it so someone else can be grateful to have it who WILL USE IT.
3. messy clutter- (things you just have and lay around on SURFACES. If it is something that you PILE up rather than PUT up... then it's something that needs a PLACE TO GO so it can be put away.) Ask yourself if you are able to use your counter surface, desk tops, tables etc..... IF NOT, you've got "messy clutter"
4. money clutter-(things you've paid GOOD money for, but don't USE! so you keep it rather than face the fact you paid "good money" for something you didn't need or use!) Face the FACT... be truthful and either USE IT, SELL IT, or as a last resort, just Get Rid Of It and set it free with love and gratitude for those who will use it later.
May the space you live in DAILY become a resting place for your "MIND".
Let go of your clutter with love and gratitude for the time it has given you
and "SET IT FREE" !
GIVE YOUR BRAIN A BATH!
Staci is a one-of-a-kind mix of JOY and Neuroscience who is teaching people all over the world to BUILD a BETTER BRAIN by using Gratitude to create a BRIGHTER future. She has a Master's Degree in Educational NEUROSCIENCE and 25 years of teaching experience where she developed a reputation for being able to uncover potential in others like no one else could. Let her teach you how to live a HAPPIER Life by using the neuroscience of GRATITUDE to rewire your brain and build a better future!