Depression fighting alternatives that don't involve going for a walk

I'm not sure which came first the clutter or the depression, but I do know that they are inextricably linked. The problem is when my depression kicks in daily tasks become challenging. Some days it is enough just to make it to work and home. Thankfully, not every day, but it does happen sometimes that I only have enough energy to come home, scramble some eggs for dinner and lay on the couch. 

It's frustrating because there is so much I want to be doing in my life and in my business, but I've learned that fighting those days is much more exhausting then just embracing my brain's need to check out for the day. 

I've found a few ways to keep the clutter at bay because once the clutter creeps in and becomes chaos then I don't want to do anything because the whole situation is just too overwhelming. 

Doing the #minsgame each month has been extremely helpful (I did take a few months off because of holidays and winter malaise). Clearing out the unnecessary and unwanted items decreases visual clutter and makes room for me to put things in their proper place. 

I've also tried to create 'getting home' systems. My keys, coat and bag go in the same place each day and I don't set the mail on the counter. It either gets taken care of immediately, or more likely it's junk mail and it gets recycled. 

A place for everything and everything in it's place makes it easier to put things away. When there is space for those items I feel capable of emptying the dishwasher and clearing up. If there isn't space and I start to pile things up then it just creates chaos in my cabinets and drawers and I don't feel like putting away the dishes or the laundry. 

It's ok to let things slide for a day or so. Don't beat yourself up if the house doesn't look perfect or guest worthy. That does not help at all when you are having a hard time. 

To summarize:

  • Embrace your version of minimalism. I wrote a post about finding my path to minimalism because it doesn't look the same for everyone. If you do need help decluttering or want to learn more about minimalism then join the Minimalism Challenge Support Group. You'll get the help you need. You can also follow me along on my decluttering adventures on Instagram.
  • Create a landing zone. Mine is tiny because I live in an apartment and I don't have an entryway, but I've still managed to find a place to put my everyday items. 
  • Make sure everything in your home has its own spot. If it doesn't, then you may need to think about getting rid of it! 
  • Wallow for a day. I find if I give myself permission to not have to adult that I usually chill out for a couple of hours and then find the energy to clean up. Sometimes, not always. Depression can be a fickle master. 


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Day 31 of the Minimalism Game

I was really excited because I cleared almost everything out of this closet! 

I was really excited because I cleared almost everything out of this closet! 

In October I started the Minimalism Game. I may have finished a couple of weeks late, but I did it. I spent 31 days of getting rid of stuff. That is 496 things that left my house. 

Once you start it gets kind of addictive. This couldn't have come at a better time because I was switching my business model and there were some things I just needed to get rid of.

So, where did it all go? I had a lot of clothes, accessories and coats (people give things to me to repurpose). Those all went to charity. There was a pile of vintage items that I've started selling on Etsy. A very small pile of stuff went into the garbage. I have another small pile of things that I need to list to sell on Craigslist. 

Most of the items came from my bedroom (which kind of freaked me out because I had no idea I had so much stuff tucked in that room), a couple of things from the dining room, a set of drawers in my second bedroom and the closet in the second bedroom. 

I'm actually ready to do it again. I still have to clean out my second bedroom, my storage unit and my kitchen. This process really forces you to let things go, which is something I have a hard time doing. 

I think the state of some of the rooms of my house reflects my state of mind, which a couple of months ago was complete chaos. I'm now finally mentally and emotionally able to look at things and clean up the mess. 



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