Have you ever thought “What’s the point of decluttering?” Have you thought it was just one of the latest trends or crazes created by Marie Kondo and other tidying gurus. Well today I want to share with you today why it’s not just a load of mumbo jumbo and the very real benefits of decluttering your home.
As you may already know I am a huge fan of decluttering and minimalism. You can read all about my journey and why I began it here – Beginning my minimalism journey. That was almost 3 years ago. Since then I have been a big advocate for decluttering with much more to come! I have many posts including – Decluttering my house and even created a series called the Declutter with me challenge.
Minimalism means different things to different people. For me minimalism means keeping everything in my home that either has a purpose or that I love. It means I only keep the things in my home that I want to store and take care of. For others minmalism might mean only keeping the bare minimum in their homes, trying lead a life without possessions. This is not for me I prefer the Marie Kondo way of looking at things. I have a full review of her book here – The life-changing magic of tidying up & the Neflix Series – Tidying up with Marie Kondo.
Benefits of decluttering your home
1 More space
This might seem like an obvious one. Less stuff equals more space but I don’t think most people realise just how much space they have because it is always cluttered up. When you are surrounded by stuff you forget just how much valuable space you have. All you see is stuff, stuff and more stuff.
2. Cleaner Air
I am asthmatic (although I am fortunate enough to not suffer chronically with it) and I can tell you the difference between a spacious open room and a cluttered room. The air quality is so different. This is because there is less stuff to collect dust or affect the air quality in the room.
3. Less cleaning & dusting
Less things means less items to clean and dust. Which means more time to do what you want and enjoy your time in a clean home.
4. Less Stress & Reduced anxiety
Messy house, messy mind. Have you ever heard this saying? I think there is definitely an element of truth to it. In a calmer enviornment it helps you to feel calmer and more together. It gives you the perfect surroundings to practice mindfulness and live a more peaceful lifestyle.
5. Saves you time
How much time have you lost due because you were looking for something? When you are surrounded by so many things it can be hard to know where everything is all the time. When you live a more minimalist lifestyle you will know where everything is which means you won’t be wasting time searching for different things every day.
6. Saves you money
How many things have you bought because you couldn’t find the one you already had or you were too lazy to look for it? or maybe you completely forgot you had already bought one in the past? Less clutter means you will no longer be spending money on things for no reason. You will also have a different mindset when shopping and less likely to bring more clutter into. All this will save you a ton of money.
8. More confidence in your space
Through decluttering you will begin to see your style through the things you decide to keep. You will begin to feel so much more confident in your home. You will be so much more confident in opening it up to other people.
9. More confidence in decision making
Through decluttering you will be able to hone your decision making skills. This skill will filter into other areas of your life making you more confident in making decisions in general.
10. Helps you let go of the past and move forward with your life
In confronting your possessions you are also confronting your life and your past. You are confronting all your past experiences and choices. For some this may be difficult but it can be really important with healing and moving forward with your life.
As you can see there are so many benefits to decluttering. These are only the ten I choose today. If you haven’t tried it before then I highly recommend you give it a go, or at least look into it.
Remember minimalism is personal and there are different levels. You choose the level that you are comfortable with and that suits your life and your lifestyle.
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