Clear Mental and Physical Clutter To Improve Mental Health

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Cleaning up the clutter in your living space can be tough if you have a mental illness. Try these approaches on HealthyPlace to make it easier.

Clear Mental and Physical Clutter To Improve Mental Health

It’s frustrating but true: clearing clutter in your mind as well as in the space around you helps you feel and function better, especially when your mental illness symptoms are at their worst. Cleaning up inside and out will reduce the chaos in your head, energize you, relax you, and reduce anxiety and stress; however, this can be difficult and discouraging when you live with mental illness.

Any mental disorder can make organizing and decluttering difficult. Some make it extremely so, such as:

  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder

These illnesses can affect the way people think and concentrate, or they can affect energy levels and motivation. Those living with these mental disorders can benefit the most from decluttering and organizing. Try these approaches to make it easier:

  • Start small, working in one room or one part of the room.
  • Plan what you want and the steps you need to take.
  • Use color-coded totes to group similar items.
  • Play music for enjoyment.
  • Take breaks. Set a reminder timer if needed.
  • Ask for help or companionship.
  • Reward yourself when you complete a task.

Decluttering your environment declutters your mind and positively impacts how you think, feel, and live. It can be a satisfying way to improve your mental health.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How you dive into organizing and decluttering when your mental illness symptoms make it difficult? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


From HealthyPlace YouTube Channel

I'm Hannah. I Have Bipolar 2

Social Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder: What It Feels Like

What does it feel like when you live with both social anxiety and bipolar disorder? For those who may not be familiar with social anxiety disorder, it is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. Social anxiety disorder can wreak havoc on the lives of those who suffer from it. So you can imagine what it’s like having both social anxiety and bipolar disorder. It negatively affects our lives and relationships with others. (Watch Hannah and subscribe to the HealthyPlace YouTube channel for more great mental health videos.)


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Twice Exceptional: Mental Illness and the Gifted Child
  2. Being on Time and Reducing Road Rage for Your Mental Health
  3. Travel Anxiety Tips for People Who Want to Go, but Don't

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Quote

"Don’t be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others."

Read more mental health quotes.


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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, January 14). Clear Mental and Physical Clutter To Improve Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 24 from

Last Updated: January 15, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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