5 Ways Decluttering Improves Your Life
You are currently going through a stressful or turbulent time in your life. The chaos is overwhelming you.
One place to start bringing order and calm back into your life is to declutter. Now at first you might think that this applies more to the hoarders. Hold on. There are many areas of your life and home that might need to be decluttered.
Yes, it could be as simplistic as removing “stuff”, physical items out of your home. Those items that you never use anymore, or have never used. It could be those things that you trip over, bang into, or are just constantly in the way.
Declutter Activities Too
But don’t limit decluttering your life to just “stuff” items. Perhaps you need to declutter other things in your life. Are you feeling drained of energy and feeling like you are constantly on the run?
If so, perhaps you need to declutter “activities” that are overwhelming you. There can be too many:
- work projects,
- after school curricular activities,
- repairs to be made at home,
- things to be cleaned,
- or even too many volunteer projects.
All of these activities are fine on their own, however, too many is not healthy for you or your family.
When you start to clear the clutter in your life either in “stuff” or “activities” you will discover some other benefits. It goes beyond just making your home look more tidy and spacious.
Decluttering can be life changing in a number of ways.
Remember, the goal of decluttering is to improve your quality of life. Knowing and realizing this fact might just be the motivation you need to start on your own path to minimalism.
Check out these 5 ways decluttering improves your life helping to EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
1. You’ll Gain More Time
Decluttering now will gain you more time later. Yes, initially the time and effort needed to declutter will use up time that you think you don’t have. However, trust me, put the effort in and you will find that you will have more time in the future as your reward.
How many times have you wasted time trying to find things you need? Looking for those items in an environment of clutter. You know what I’m talking about.
It could even be as simple as trying to always find your keys or the phone. But because of excess clutter, papers or something else, your keys and phone are always buried.
Isn’t it time for you to learn some new tips and strategies to keep order in your home? Think of it, you need to run out to the grocery store, and there they are—the keys. Or the phone is ringing and instead of playing “hide and seek”, you can easily grab it and answer the call.
Think of all the time you waste now searching for things in your messy environment. Declutter now and you’ll gain more time later.
Spending just 15 minutes a day with the sole purpose of decluttering an area or spot is all it will take. I’m not suggesting you spend an 8 hour day to declutter a section. After all, it didn’t get out of control over night. So cut yourself some slack and attack it in bite sized pieces. Don’t add too much more stress to your life as you seek to reduce the stress that the clutter is putting on you. So try a “15 minutes a day” attack plan.
However, if you feel so inspired and do the 8 hour attack plan, go for it!
2. You’ll Be More Focused
Have you noticed that you feel more:
- lack of energy
- loss of initiative and drive
when your home and life are cluttered?
I do. If I don’t keep on top of the disorganization and clutter, I will find myself pulling more than one “lazy” day. Now to take some time off for personal enjoyment is one thing—but I’m talking about those overwhelming, lazy days. Those days when the effort to get up is more than you can bear. All because you can’t bear to look at or even move around the “junk” or “clutter” in your home.
You know, those severe brain fog days. The fog is so thick that you find you can’t even think or concentrate clearly.
Being surrounded by clutter makes it hard to focus and concentrate. It will actually zap your energy in the process too.
Pushing through and decluttering will help. A clean and organized space will actually be like a breath of fresh air in your life. It can rejuvenate you and get your creative mental juices and energy flowing again.
Lift the dark cloud of oppression and clutter from your life and you’ll be more focused.
So, the next time you feel a wave of depression threatening to overwhelm you, look around you. Ask yourself if your cluttered home environment might be feeding your depression. If the answer is yes, then roll up your sleeves and push through the dark cloud. Investing the time and energy to clean out the junk and organize your living space, will help clear your mind. You will be more focused.
3. You’ll Sleep Better
By clearing the clutter, you will be able to relax. When you can relax, you will be able to sleep better. In fact, consider clearing your own bedroom of the clutter as your first project. Claim your sleep refuge back from clutter and disorganization.
If you can walk in there at night and feel a welcoming peaceful spot in your otherwise cluttered life, you will be helping you. Your body and mind will have a better chance to relax and unwind if your bedroom is a welcoming, clean, and calm place in your home.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. Barry and I both know how much stress levels will affect our quality of sleep. As Barry suffers from a sleep disorder epilepsy, this is one area of our home where it is vital to keep a safe refuge for sleeping.
Bedrooms are for sleeping, so make it that kind of area. No television, and no toys, either. Not even in the kids’ rooms. When you send them to their rooms it also needs to be a calming and clean area for them as well. Being distracted by toys and technology devices does not allow the body to relax and sleep.
Clean out the bedroom. Keep the dressers and clothes, but organize better. Do you have a laundry basket for dirty clothes? Remember to put clean clothes away in the dresser or closet on laundry day too.
Doing small actions like this will help you to sleep better. And your other family members will sleep better too. Decluttering your bedroom is a great way to get up on the right side of the bed for sure.
4. You’ll Have Room for Personal Growth
By removing physical items from your home, you’ll be making more space to move around. Some creative reorganization or consolidation of your possessions could lead to having an entire room free to put to a new use. For example, you could start a hobby you’ve always wanted to pursue or set up the space as a bedroom to host a foster child like you’ve always talked of doing.
Decluttering can free you to do other things—things you’ve dreamed of doing. For myself, my current decluttering goal is to make enough space to pull out my sewing machine. I’m going to re-purpose some top bed sheets into crib sheets. At Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs we never have enough crib sheets for infants and toddlers.
Decluttering is going to free up the space to re-purpose the area.
- What area of your home can you declutter and re-purpose?
- How will you choose to re-purpose it?
- Do you need an area to curl up with a good book and relax?
- What about an area to exercise?
- Perhaps you have an artistic talent such as needlework, crafts, or painting. Do you have an area to do these activities?
Decluttering is the answer to help you have more room for personal growth and activities. If you’d like to explore this in more depth, check out the article: Define Your Perfect Morning.
5. You’ll Make Some Extra Money
Use this decluttering activity to tackle some of your debt too. Surely, you have some possessions lying around that would be of value to someone else. Remember the saying, “someone else’s junk is someone’s treasure”. Why not gather these “treasures” up and sell them on a Facebook Buy & Sell group? The money you make from any sales can go toward some of your outstanding debt. Reducing your debt will help to reduce stress too!
If you have quite a few items to sell, consider doing a yard sale. The kids can even help out by selling some lemonade. Make decluttering a family adventure and reduce the stress in your home.
As you can see, there’s so much more to decluttering than you ever realized. This process can lead to countless positive outcomes if you just open your mind to the possibilities. Hopefully, you’re feeling more motivated to start creating your optimal safe haven.
Remember these 5 ways decluttering improves your life to keep you motivated towards your goal.
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