Decluterring Home and Heart DIY
I have battled depression, anxiety, and panic attacks for most of my life.
(Um, hello, you didn’t sign up for this. You clicked on a simple decluterring DIY not a friggin’ mental health seminar. I know! Give me, like, two short paragraphs of your time and it will all make sense!)
I’ve been off of antidepressants for about six years but I consider myself healed moment by moment, not “one and done”. The Number of severe “relapses” I’ve had in the last six years (not including minis)? Two. Two scary episodes that turned my world upside down. The thing they both had in common was that my guard was down—I was only reacting to life, not preparing for it.
Because of that, the number of preventative measures I’ve slowly learned to incorporate into my life = too many to count. Some are big, some small. It’s not rigid or strict. And it’s not the same every day. Its flexible and it’s fluid. And it’s free.
One of the things I’ve done to really help my mental stability preventatively is to declutter my mind, my schedule, and my home.
All the clutter, whether in my home, my schedule, or my heart, just gets to me. It chips away at my spirit until I feel buried in it all and can hardly recognize myself or the people I love.
But over time, I’ve grown to accept my need for simplicity and slowing. I’m okay with having a lower capacity than some people. Im okay with not being superwoman, because it gives me superpeace (yeeeaah...that sounded cooler in my head 😏). I’m more than okay with not being the best, if it means I’m doing my best.
I’m okay with having a max of three clients a day that I see in order to keep the anxiety from building. More than two-three clients a day on top of being a stay at home mom, trying to cook and clean and all the things, and I start drowning.
I’m (learning to be) okay with hustling less, but breathing more.
This little corner closet is one of my newest fave #declutterdepressionDIY’s.
I used to get so frustrated and overwhelmed trying to find something to wear that I felt comfortable in. And that was IF I was getting out of my pajamas that day. It sucked life from me when I was already running on a low tank.
Yes...nutrition, exercise, community, counceling, supplements, meds when needed—these are all so important for healing. But they are the big ones. And sometimes we forget about the little things that pile up—like the mountain of clothes on my floor that used to raise my cortisol levels.
When it came time to figure out my closet and capsule for this winter, I thought to myself, what’s the simplest closet I can make for the cheapest amount of money? (It ended up being 100% free, by the way.)
Heres what we did!
Step 1 A: Go through clothes for the 4th time this year. And actually get rid of the 23 things you keep “just in case” but you don’t love enough, or feel comfortable enough to actually wear on a regular basis. Keep what you love. We typically rotate through the same 10-12 shirts anyway, even though we have 50 to choose from.
Step 1 B: Decide you want a simple closet that won’t let you overstuff it even if you tried. We found a branch that was thick enough to be sturdy, yet thin enough for hangers to fit around it.
Step 2: I found some thick hemp rope from the last DIY I did about half a century ago.
Step 3: Drilled the rope into the ceiling studs using a thick screw and a washer, at the height that we wanted. (I know, I know, #wefancy. In our defense, we tried using cute little gold hooks but they ripped out of the ceiling.)
Step 4: Hang clothes. Color coordinate if that’s your jam. Take pictures. Do a happy dance. Count the seconds until your toddler trashes the clean closet :)
How about you? How do you declutter your heart and your home?
***If you’re interested in Learning more about wardrobe capsules, a resource I’m absolutely loving is @theminimalistwardrobe on Instagram.*** (and/or keep hanging out with me! I’ll be documenting more of all things minimal that I’m trying and learning.)