Let’s face it: sometimes, our homes (and lives) can be a mess and we don’t want to deal with it. So we leave the mess, ignoring its existence, telling ourselves that we’ll get to it later – but we never do.
The fact is, we don’t need as much stuff as we think we do. The less we have to take care of and put away, the easier it is. And I get it, decluttering can be a pain. But there are other benefits to decluttering than just making more room.
Here seven ways that taking the time to get rid of excess can make a real difference in your life.
Studies show that the more stuff we have, the more decisions we have to make. By decluttering and ensuring everything we keep has a place to belong, we reduce our mental load. I don’t know a single woman who couldn’t do with a lower mental load, do you?
On an energetic level, when we release the things that no longer serve us, we are making room to attract what we need.
Having an open space you didn’t have before can change the way you perceive a certain area. When your home office is too much of a mess, you can get more stressed about the state of it, than your actual workload.
Once you’ve removed clutter and tidied up, your work room will seem bigger to you. You’ll have more space to think and work in comfort. The more relaxed your mind is, the more productive you tend to be. Not only will you be feeling better, you’ll be doing better as well!
By decluttering, we teach our little ones valuable lessons about responsibility and cleanliness.
Our children mimic our actions as parents. When we take care of our home, they too develop a sense of responsibility for keeping their areas in good shape. The bonus is that you get an extra pair of helping hands to keep everything in order!
We all know that feeling you get when you need something but can’t find it, thanks to the mess all around.
When you declutter and find a home for the belongings you keep, you remember where everthing is! Gone are the days where you need to shuffle through a pile of clothing or paperwork just to find what you need.
One of the reasons we don’t like decluttering is because it can be a lot of work. It feels like time wasted that we could use for a hundred other more important things on our to-do list.
How about looking at it from a different angle? Cleaning up can take time and energy but you’re actually investing that effort in your own body. You’ll be exercising and getting fit while creating a more ordered and peaceful home to live in.
When you have uncluttered spaces you’ll find yourself wanting to spend more time in these areas. Your home is a place for you to escape from the chaos of life. You don’t want it to be a chaotic place that you want to escape from! Declutter to ensure you enjoy being at home, at peace with your surroundings.
Better for the Planet
When you spend the time and energy to declutter your home you won’t want it to descend into chaos again. Once you begin to enjoy simplicity you will become more conscious about what you allow into your home. You’ll want to buy things that allow you to do more with less. Being more conscious of our consumption is better for ourselves and the planet.
So it’s time to stop ignoring that pile in that one room and dive in full force. Addressing the problem now will rid you of your clutter sooner rather than later. And you will reap the benefits tenfold once you do.
Not only will you be a happier, healthier, and more productive person but you’ll be able to enjoy the space you have.
So go on, take on that pile item by item and start reaping the benefits!