In this post, I am going to explore how decluttering will improve your life. When I committed to decluttering my life I found the following amazing benefits that I wish to share with everyone.
- increase in mental clarity
- stress reduction
- savings in time
- improved health and well being
- able to help others
- made money from selling my stuff
- started to appreciate the stuff I woned
- less consumption is better for the planet
- increased creativity
Over the past decade, there has been a trend towards living a minimalistic lifestyle. I believe this has been brought on by people realizing that there is more to life than owning things.
Over consumption is probably a consequence of our world where we’re constantly bombarded with reasons to buy stuff. This ranges from social media to advertisements everywhere you go.
“Today is the day you rid yourself of anything that distracts from your best life.”-Joshua Becker, (The Minimalist Home)
Because of so much mental and physical clutter, life seems to lack clarity and simplicity for millions of people.
Decluttering is just a new term for an age-old practice of keeping what you need and throwing away what you don’t.
The goal is to simplify and identify what you need and get rid of what you don’t. There are amazing benefits that occur when you practice decluttering effectively.
As mentioned earlier, you’ll discover what you really want when you discard what is holding you back.
One good example would be photos of ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends. These may hold sentimental value, but they also remind you of failed relationships. It’s time to let go of the photos and bad memories.
“The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”Marie Kondo
Another way that simplifying your life is it gives you more time to contemplate and discover exactly what you want in life. This mental clarity comes as your possessions are removed from your home.
For example, you might decide that a change of career is something that is important in your life. By freeing yourself of the need to be constantly spending money you could take a pay cut of going back to college.
Less Stuff Reduces stress
Your home should be a place of refuge that keeps you safe from the madness and chaos of the outside world.
If your home is messy and filled with clutter, you’ll never be able to attain a sense of peace and tranquillity in it.
Like Francine Jay says, your home is ‘living space and not storage space’.
The fewer items you have ‘clogging’ up your life, the more freedom you’ll feel. That sense of being overwhelmed by your possessions will be gone.
You’ll feel less stressed out and it’ll feel like you have more room to breathe.
Here is a great article that explains Why Mess Causes Stress.
The fewer items you have in your house, the easier it will be to clean the place up. You’ll definitely save time here.
For example, dusting a shelf with just one or two cherished objects is only going to take a moment, compared to a cluttered shelf full of items you don’t care about.
Spending time looking for things is another huge time saver. For example, paperwork that has been decluttered and sensibly organized will be easy to find.
Now that I have reduced all my paperwork into two small binders with plastic sleeves I can quickly find what I need. No more scrabbling through mounds of paperwork just to find an insurance document.
Also, I was able to get rid of a rather large filing cabinet. That space is now filled with a display cabinet that houses all my pretty glasses and selected ornaments.
When you live a more simple life you have no need to go on shopping trips every weekend at the local mall. This can take up the best part of the day.
You could stay at home, do something creative or work on a DIY project. Meet up with friends for a natter. Alternatively, go outside for a hike or participate in a sport you love.
Improvements to Your Health
Too much clutter in the house will mean that it’s easier for items to collect dust and have allergens.
Pests such as silverfish and cockroaches are often found hiding in piles of clutter. Also, I have experienced carpet beetles that have merrily eaten away at my carpets unnoticed as they were hidden by a pile of clutter.
Your health will be adversely affected in the long run if you continue to live in surroundings that are not spacious and clean. Dust can build up and bring on allergies due to dust mites.
During my de-cluttering phase, I came across a number of areas that had black mold growing. Mainly in the corners of rooms. Moving all my stuff meant I could treat those mold affected areas easily.
I have since learned that having black mold in your home can be very detrimental to your health.
Decluttering your home means you are able to quickly and easily able to clean your home regularly and thoroughly.
Donate Stuff to Help Others
During the decluttering process, you’ll discover that you own many useful items that you rarely use.
But guess what?
There will be others who need and want these items.
As I decluttered I donated useful items to a local goodwill store that would raise money to train dogs that helped young disabled people. A very worthy cause.
I can’t tell you how many bags of stuff I delivered there, it must have been over 50. It helped me and I hope that items made plenty of money when sold.
Old clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, etc. will often be taken by goodwill.
Sell Unwanted Items
If you do not wish to donate the items because no one you know wants them, you can always put them up for sale on eBay and sell them off.
Or you could have a garage sale and make a few dollars in the process of decluttering.
Most of my stuff was donated but I was able to sell some stuff. For example, books, CD’s and video games were sold to Ziffit in some cases for quite good money.
Also, I came across a shower screen and base (brand new and still unopened) that was for an abandoned project. This was sold via a local Facebook group.
I wouldn’t obsess about selling everything. This most important thing is that everything you no longer need leaves your home. Don’t worry about the value of that object.
As my stuff started to leave the home, a strange thing happened! I started to want to get my paints and drawings materials out. I’ve completed many sketches and paintings and thoroughly enjoyed the process,
Also, I found my ukulele and started to play this again. I started to learn a couple of years ago and I abandoned practicing. So I’m enjoying starting to learn to play again.
So you may find that your creativity increases when your unwanted possessions decrease.
You Can Appreciate What You Already Have
As you sort through all your possessions you will be amazed at all the stuff you have bought that you have forgotten about. For example brand new clothes unworn with tags still on them.
Keep those things that you really love, keep them look after them and treasure them.
When I decluttered I found a whole stack of framed pictures that had not been unpacked from our house move 8 years ago! I completely forgot about them!
Most of these have been dusted and cleaned and now hung up on the walls to be looked at and appreciated. The ones I disliked were donated.
Instead of a whole heap of ornaments just gathering dust. I have thinned these out and I have only kept those that I love or mean something to me. When you have fewer items you can actually see them clearly and appreciate them more.
Helping the Environment
For the environmentally conscious, you’ll know that fewer possessions mean a lower carbon footprint.
So, by decluttering and living a life of minimalism, you’re not only preserving your sanity but helping the planet too.
I found a great article about the ways a clutter free life can help the planet HERE
As you can see all these benefits mean that you should start decluttering your home today. I have done it myself and I will guarantee that you will reap benefits in the same way that I have.
If you commit to decluttering your life and take action you’ll soon realize just how fantastic the process and results are.
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