Decluttering is good for your well-being and for nature.
There are a variety of benefits for decluttering your home including the following.
Less can be more.
Reduce frustration and save time by not having to search for mislaid items. With less clutter and more space your home will be easier and quicker to clean. There will also be a resulting reduction in allergens such as dust. It will be safer too as you remove any potential trip hazards and obstacles.
Decluttering practices your decision-making skills.
Making on-the-spot decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of, is a type of problem-solving. These small decisions train your brain and you’ll feel a sense of satisfaction that provides motivation to work through the rest of your to-do list.
You will sleep better.
Research shows that removing clutter from your environment also plays a role in clearing your mind which provides benefits to overall well-being.
People who have decluttered their homes have reported that they feel less weight on their shoulders and more freedom which will certainly help you sleep better.
You will probably find some lost treasures or useful items that misplaced and forgot about. You can put them back to use as you create more space for them.
Give and share.
When you reduce the amount of stuff you have you can choose to give it to family and friends, or to charity, which always feels good. Or you could sell it – which feels good too!
How do you start?
People often find decluttering projects difficult to start, especially if you are busy, or if you lack strength or support. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
You don’t need to do it all at once. Break it down and do one area at a time, this could be a wardrobe, a linen cupboard or a pantry for example. Making a start is the main thing because seeing some solid results will motivate you to stick with the process.
Sort your possessions into categories: Keep, donate, sell or bin.
Donating unused possessions helps others and is responsible and rewarding. Don’t feel guilty if you end up throwing some things away. Your well-being is more important than any object.
Call in a third party.
An objective and professional home organiser can help provide practical support and assist with decision making to get the job done efficiently.
Sort Out Service is a great example of a third party decluttering service. You can read more about the benefits of using a third party on their website.
Decluttering is a good place to start your journey towards simple living. Simplifying your home can make you feel confident and with a sense of achievement and a living space exactly the way you want it. Focus on the goal and make a start.
This story was republished on the Econation website (https://econation.co.nz/blog/decluttering/). Econation is an information portal for sustainability, well-being and simpler living.