Less Clutter, More Clarity

Less Clutter, More Clarity

Haylie Shipp
Haylie Shipp
With your Southeast Regional Ag News, I’m Haylie Shipp. This is the Ag Information Network.

It’s a concept we’re familiar with in our homes…especially our home offices. When you have less clutter around you, your mind also experiences a bit of a reprieve. But how about in the farmyard? It’s pretty easy to hang onto something that you might “need someday.” Add up those might needs and it can turn into quite the collection.

AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl says the messier your environment is, the harder it is to focus…

“Scientists have discovered that visual clutter takes up mental space — every item in sight is another piece of information your brain must deal with. The messier your environment, the harder it is to focus, relax, and remember or problem-solve.”

That means areas like the farm shop or storage sheds should be cleaned up…

“Not only can clutter in this instance take up mental space, it can be a safety hazard as well. At the end of each day, take some time to make sure the farm shop is clear of clutter. Put tools and supplies back where they belong and clean up any trash or spills, or fluids from equipment.”

Voskuhl says larger decluttering efforts may take some time to resolve…

“It’s important to remember that typically, clutter didn’t happen in just one single day. So, when taking on a big decluttering or downsizing project, know it may take a few days.”

He also added that if it really is too hard, there are professionals that’ll step in and help.

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