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Anxiety over Clutter and Disorganization

Last night I think I had an anxiety attack. Actually I’m certain I did. My heart was racing a million miles a minute, I was breathing quickly and felt freaked out, like the world was coming to an end but it really wasn’t  The cause of this, in my opinion, feeling overwhelmed by everything happening in my life and the home feeling chaotic and cluttered.  Which, I guess is common because feeling cluttered, disorganized and chaotic can indeed cause stress and anxiety – so I’m not alone.

This is how it all started, when I went into my son’s room only to see piles and piles of little toys and treasures-everywhere! Yes, clutter. I feel like every part of my home and life has these piles of clutter and for someone that likes to be organized and in control these piles stress me out. From the kitchen counter that everyone just dumps stuff onto and let’s mom take care of, to my email inbox, wallet stuffed full of receipts, stacks of bills to sort through, closets with snow pants that are too small and mittens that don’t fit to my car full of the kids junk. Everywhere I turn and who picks these piles up, sorts them and takes care of the chaos? Me!

I know it sounds silly but this clutter, this overwhelming to-do list and what feels like a world of priorities are all landing on my shoulders – it literally gave me an anxiety attack last night. Of course on the eve of my husband going in for surgery and Christmas looming on the horizon and a vacation around the corner! So I made a clear plan with my son that his room needed to be cleaned and not by me. That the toys all had their baskets, drawers, shelves and boxes and they needed to be put away or I was donating all of it, everything not put away.

I lay in bed last night and decided I needed to do something about this. Something, I don’t know what of course but something because the anxieties, the overwhelming amount of stress this disorganization and clutter is causing me cannot stick around. I don’t have time for it now that I have a husband that will be recovering from gallbladder surgery, two children to take care, a business to run, my daughter’s cheer competition, a large holiday and a vacation to Florida. There is simply no time for anxiety attacks and disorganization and clutter like this! None at all and so I went to Google.

Of course, I Goggled- doesn’t everyone?

My Google Research on Getting Organized and Cleaning the Clutter:

Simple Organized Living – I’ve got ideas for ways to purge the toys, organize my closets, electronics and purse. I’m on it and this blog rocks! Thankfully, I’m in the hospital waiting room with plenty of time to read and make my plan – to get lost reading this blog!

Zen Habits – A favorite blog of mine giving me some excellent tips on where to get started and taking just 5 minutes to get started. After all I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by where to start and so I love these quick and simple decluttering tips to help me get started, like teaching my kids how to help me and making a 30 day list!

Oprah – Of course Oprah.com has an article that will help me and I found some great tips on creating a simpler kitchen and if I own it, it should have value in my life. Really, who needs more “stuff”?

A Flourishing Life – Offering some great tips on helping me let go of stuff that I don’t need and how I can declutter my mind. Boy, oh, boy do I need to just clear my head and I’m starting with this good read and you should too!

Real Simple – The kids both have what I feel like are cluttered rooms with toys unorganized and piles everywhere. Real Simple offered handy checklists to help me get started tackling their rooms. Now I just need to find the time and get started!

Alright, I hope I’ve inspired you while helping myself too! This afternoon and evening when we leave the hospital I’m going to tuck my recovering husband into bed and get busy! Wish me luck!

Poquette is a K12.com 3rd grade teacher, a social media and marketing consultant (in her free time), blogger and children’s book author. She has a knack for vetting bloggers, creating blogger campaigns and connecting brands and bloggers. She speaks locally, regionally and nationally on blogging, social media and education. She’s worked with top name brands and has been mentioned and featured in the New York Times, ABC News Online, The Wall Street Journal and several others.

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  • misty funnell

    thank you!!!! i know my husband thinks i am the only one out there that struggles with this and probably thinks i’m going a little crazy. i did the same thing two weeks ago with my kids and told them whatever was not picked up was going in a garbage bag. it was a very full bag:( today, there room is on it’s way again to the trash. i will check out these tips.

  • Jennifer Rees

    Clutter makes me lose it!! Andrea (Simple Organized Living) has some amazing suggestions for clearing out the clutter. I hope your husband is doing well!

  • http://twitter.com/EcoIncognito Jeannette Bezinque

    I struggle with this all.the.time. My husband has a military mentality about the level of clean for our house and it makes it impossible to be as ‘green’ as I would like. I’ve gotten better at letting the loss of stuff not be an issue, but keeping things in order is a real challenge with a toddler in the house! Bins, bins, and more bins is all that works.

  • http://www.ninenaturals.com/blog/ Nine Naturals Mom

    Clutter is really equivalent to stress. Maybe a lot of busy Moms feel what you feel. We have to deal our own clutter at the office but what about our home? How can we encourage our kids and even the husband to help organize the things?

  • http://www.greenandcleanmom.org greenandcleanmom

    I agree it is very much equivalent to stress and I’m feeling this!

  • http://www.greenandcleanmom.org greenandcleanmom

    We have a very clean house but the clutter is the “stuff” that everyone piles for me to take care of. It seems to be in places that are easy drop off’s for everyone and it drives me nuts!

  • greenandcleanmom

    I hear you girl and it just seems to pile up and thus I feel a loss of control and it drives me crazy sauce! He is doing better, thanks for asking. Sore still and today bored.

  • greenandcleanmom

    I have threatened the garbage bag a dozen times and need to do it! My son did a very good job at organizing his room and thanked me afterwards because he could find what he was looking for!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shaneshirleysmith Shane Shirley Smith

    Girl I live in a constant state of anxiety! It is tough running a biz, being a mom, worrying about everything. The one thing that helps me is knowing that I do not have to be perfect and that things always work themselves out if you do the best you can. Big hugs!

  • greenandcleanmom

    I agree! I think we have to be okay with taking a break or just saying no to stuff and yes to ourselves. I’m learning the hard way! =)

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  • Fabricio Montesdeoca

    We have used the zen habits site to learn some new habits and they are an amazing resource…am going to have to try the flourishing life next! Thanks for the great resource…:)

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