Many people sink into depression because they feel as if they have lost control over the things in life — and that’s one of the key reasons that the 12-step program that some groups use to rehabilitate their members all have the motto to control the things you can change and accept whatever you can’t change. It doesn’t matter if you have any of dozens of compulsion-related diseases. Learning about control and acceptance will lead you to a more organized, structured life, and that will keep you sane.
Even something as simple as cleaning up your email box can help you feel more in control. Whenever you receive a new email in the social or commercial tabs, consider whether or not you might change the settings to never see it again. Unsubscribe to anything you’ll never use. Keep a lookout for any subscription services you don’t use (Netflix, Hulu, etc) and cancel them.
Done? Great. Now do the same thing to your closet, shoe rack, and home office. Haven’t worn or used something in the last two years? Then you obviously don’t need it (unless we’re talking an armani suit — don’t get rid of that).
We’re American and we love materialistic things. Books, DVDs, video games, stamps, even coins. You name it, we collect it. But you don’t need all that stuff, and if you’re feeling particularly depressed, the extra garbage you have isn’t helping. What’s more, a lot of those things are available for free. There’s no need to clutter your home with books and DVDs when you can visit the library for free.
Once you’ve gathered everything you don’t need, it’s time to have a garage sale!
Many people will benefit from a printed daily checklist of things they want or need to do. Wash the dishes, wipe the counters, clean the oven the first Monday of every month, etc. Physically crossing an item off the list when you complete it will feel a lot better than deleting the item from an electronic list.