The Benefits of Decluttering Your Home

by Nathan Ripley - December 12, 2016

If you wake up one morning and suddenly decide that you have just too much stuff, it could be the right time to declutter your home. Let’s face it, we live in a consumer society and it’s all too easy to buy new stuff and hoard it. The trouble is we only live in a finite space.

Here are a few reasons why you might like to declutter:

Get more space!

It’s obvious that if you cut down on the clutter, you’re going to have more space in your home. That means you won’t be knocking things over and you won’t have to worry that you’re losing control of your living space. Clutter can have a physical impact but it can also drain you mentally as well.

Save time

You might not believe this but all that clutter costs you time as well. When you start to tidy up there’s much more to move around and put away. Just think what you could do with all the extra time you create by getting rid of just a few things.

Create a new home

Really? You can create a new home by decluttering it? If you go the whole hog and get rid of absolutely everything you don’t use any more or simply don’t need, it releases up a whole new range of possibilities and space. You might suddenly feel the urge to redecorate or convert the spare bedroom into an office, for example. When you declutter you really start to get your motivational juices flowing.

How to Declutter

If you want to do it, here’s how. You need to have a plan.

  • Firstly, make a list of all the different kinds of clutter you have. This can be clothes, shoes, books, electrical equipment, old furniture, kid’s toys, anything you like.
  • Next, pick a time to declutter properly. You might want to do it all in one go over a weekend, say, or you may want to split it up into bite sized, manageable chunks. Either way, make sure you choose a time when you are focused to achieve your main aim.
  • Be strict with yourself. No declutter was ever achieved by someone who was unwilling to throw stuff out. Do you really need that particular item? When was the last time you used it? Once you’ve made your choice, stick to it.
  • Once you have chosen items to get rid of, the best thing to do is get that done quickly. Don’t leave it to sit there so that you’ll change your mind later. You can repurpose a lot of stuff by giving it to friends, local second hand stores or charities. You can even make a little extra money and have a yard sale.

Decluttering your home can be a cathartic experience and leave you feeling much more at ease with the world and energized to face the future. It doesn’t mean getting rid of everything you own, it means creating space so that you can enjoy life better. If you’ve been watching your possessions gather over the years and think it’s now time to do something about it, take a deep breath, sort out your stuff and it will definitely bring peace and tranquility to your home.


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