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Tidy Up to Improve Your Brain’s Space!

January 4, 2016

Have you ever spent an afternoon cleaning a closet or your work space and felt great when you see the finished product? Often a sense of pride emerges from completing this task and a feeling of being super organized.

The book ‘the life changing magic of tidying up’ by Marie Kondo discusses discarding everything that does not bring you joy. I agree with this concept as I think we tend to overuse shelf organizers when we need to address the volume issue of ‘stuff’ in our lives.

Today, I want to share with you how de-cluttering your space, at home and at work, can have a profound impact on helping to de-clutter your brain.

After my brain injury, three and a half years ago, one of the challenges I faced was from my visual centre in my brain being damaged (post trauma vision syndrome) when my head came to a smashing halt on the concrete floor, leading to my visual filters not working properly.

What I learned through extensive brain rehab is that being in an area with a lot of stuff piled up in it forces our brains to constantly be using precious energy.

A healthy brain can balance some of this, but it still requires extra energy to exist in those environments. Consider that every ornament and pile of paper in your environment uses your brain’s reserves to take the items in and then put them aside mentally as you try to focus on talking to others or working on a project. Over time, this can lead to a feeling of overload and internal chaos in the mind. The best choice for your brain is to create and choose environments that are calming with less stuff.

How do you de-clutter your space to best de-clutter your mind?

1. Throw out lots of stuff! Unless an item makes you really happy or serves a greater purpose (thanks, Marie!), make some hard decisions with a garbage bag in hand, and get rid of it. Take it from me, your brain will thank you for this later!

2.Donate items you think would be useful to others. It is great to share your beloved items from the past with others who will appreciate them now. The ‘helping others’ factor also helps make it easier to part with some things.

3.Stand back and admire. Take enjoyment in living and working in your new space. When you are in an environment you are proud of, your brain will reward you with feel-good chemicals for a job well done. This can help equate to greater success and happiness in your life!




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