What Is Decluttering?
Clutter can be described as anything in your home that isn’t adding value to your life. It’s all the stuff you have that you never use, whether it be ornaments, old files or furniture that’s gathering dust. For a lot of people, clutter can cause problems because they waste time looking for something they need or because it makes spaces feel more crowded than they should. Cluttered spaces, overflowing bookshelves, and piles of storage boxes will instantly make a room feel cramped and small. Decluttering is the process of getting rid of all of this stuff.
How Can You Do It?
Decluttering can be a long process, but the result is rewarding. The hardest part is sorting through everything and deciding what should stay and what should go. Schedule yourself a decluttering weekend and tackle the clutter one room or one section at a time to make the task more manageable. Get your partner or your family involved and get some rubbish bags and recycling boxes ready. Be brutal with this process. For example, if you have boxes of files that you can now access online and are backed up, consider whether you need the paper copies.
Decide what things you use and keep them, donate anything that is still in good condition, throw out whatever you don’t use or need and put items that you want to keep but are not currently using into storage. Storing these items in a separate location prevents clutter from building up in your home. If you’re concerned about finding a storage location, try using community storage where you can rent space from someone not currently using it.
Why Should You Do It?
While the process of decluttering may be exhausting, it can make a big difference. Here are seven reasons decluttering will improve your life.
It Reduces Stress And Anxiety
There is a link between those who have a high density of household objects and high amounts of cortisol, a stress hormone. This essentially means the more stuff you have in your home, the more likely you are to experience stress and anxiety. This is often because we associate a messy or disorganized home with some sort of personal failure. The physical sight of clutter can make us feel instantly tense and uneasy, and it can make it hard for you to relax in your own home. By decluttering, your home will feel calmer and this in return, will make you feel calmer.
It Will Make You Focus
It is much more difficult to focus in a cluttered environment than a minimalist one. This is particularly true if you have a home office that is full of stuff. Instead of focusing on the task at hand, our mind often goes to all the other tasks we can see around us in the room. Clutter bombards us with too many stimuli so by getting rid of all the clutter you’re enhancing your ability to process information and essentially decluttering your mind as well.
It Can Make You Healthier
A cluttered kitchen full of foods you don’t need might be causing you to overeat, and a decluttering session can make you realize how much of what’s in your pantry you don’t need. As well as this cluttered spaces lead to stress that can cause us to overeat and gain weight. As our stress levels increase, our physical health can become affected, and we can see symptoms such as bloating, poor digestion and gut inflammation. It can impact our sleep patterns and immune system as well. Decluttering can decrease your stress, help you to get rid of junk food and make you more focused on your health.
You’ll Become More Mindful
The long process of properly decluttering can help you to shift your mindset and change your perspective on how important it is to have a lot of possessions. We live in a materialistic society and this can make us buy things that we don’t need on impulse, to the point that we end up with a house full of things we don’t use. A thorough decluttering session can make you a more mindful consumer and to consider how much you need something before you buy it. This won’t only have a good effect on your bank account, but it’s better for the environment as well!
It Will Be Easier To Clean And Organise
How much time do you spend trying to clean around clutter? By giving everything a rightful place, using up less space and getting rid of unnecessary stuff, your cleaning routine will be significantly less arduous, and it will be easier to organize your possessions, your files, your clothes and your food into some coherent order.
It Will Save You Time
Clutter often prevents us from accessing the things we need and so instead we find ourselves in situations where we are scrambling around the house looking for one small item. It makes it easier to lose track of things or lose our possessions. This means we waste time every day just to find things we need. Decluttering means your possessions will be more accessible and this cuts down on wasted time.
It Gets Rid Of Harmful Pathogens
Rooms filled with piles of stuff, unused furniture, books or boxes, allow for the buildup of dust, pet hair, dirt and mold and this can be more than just inconvenient – it can be dangerous. These things can contain pathogens and harmful toxins that impact our health but causing allergies, respiratory issues, and inflammation. By decluttering and getting rid of all that dust and hair, you’re making sure your rooms are full of clean, healthy air.
About the Author
Emma Lewis is a loving mother, a devoted wife and a part of the team supporting Spacer – a company helping you find storage space whenever you need it. Emma is also a staunch supporter of the sharing economy and often mentions its benefits.