I shared one of my old posts about decluttering on Facebook over the weekend. It’s one I really like (see it here if you’re interested), because it is full of concrete suggestions of things you don’t need in your house or life. Unfortunately though, I really can’t just write an endless list of items that everyone should cull from their homes. Our lives, lifestyles, families, and homes are also different that what I consider essential may be completely useless to someone else.
What I do know though, is that most of us have too much stuff in our houses. Things that we are keeping “just in case” or things that we didn’t even know we had in the first place. I know that in my own life that my penchant for decluttering has really helped to keep our home organised and our family happy.
If you’re not sure about whether decluttering is your style, here are four benefits I have found from this process. They might give you a reason to start decluttering too!
The physical improvement to your environment
Heaven knows, I’m not about to go totally minimalist, but when our homes are clean and tidy, they just look better. Rooms that are stuffed with possessions are never as relaxing as those that have fewer items.
The release from the power of stuff.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when there is stuff everywhere, it feels ‘heavy’ emotionally. The energy needed to make decisions about how to manage the stuff, and the visual reminders of undealt with items around the house can really weigh me down. I find when I have sorted and decluttered something, I feel lighter emotionally. It feels like I have accomplished something, and I know that I no longer have those things hanging over me. I first discovered this about two years ago, and these days I love to declutter, if only for the buzz that the removal of stuff gives me.
Spend less time cleaning and organising, and more time having fun!
Now I am not someone who gets joy from cleaning my house (if you do – lucky you!), but I do want it to be clean. Having less stuff means you have less to clean and less to keep organised. This means less time is spent cleaning and organising, and more time can be spent doing something more fun with the family.
What you do have will be more likely to be used, and easier to find!
It stands to reason, that if you have culled a whole lot of your unwanted, unneeded stuff, then the possessions you do have are more likely to be those that you use. But it without all the unused items, the things you do want will be easier to find too. Before I decluttered the linen press, I had to fish around in among all the random bits of linen that had accumulated. Since decluttering, I know exactly what is in there, and can find everything straight away.
Do you love decluttering? What has been the best thing about it for you?