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What are the actual benefits of decluttering your home? Does decluttering really have emotional wellness benefits and physical benefits? Read this list and hopefully it’ll give you the inspiration you need to start decluttering and keep your home clutter free.
Benefits of decluttering your home
Decluttering is a big thing at the moment.
But what are the BENEFITS of decluttering your home?
What do you actually gain from having a home that is free from clutter?
Are there benefits to be gained from the process of decluttering?
Well yes, as it turns out, there are plenty of benefits to be gained from decluttering.
So I thought I’d share some of them with you, as they make for great motivation for having a declutter and keeping your home free from clutter.
12 Benefits of decluttering your home
1. Helps you fall back in love with yourself
Self-love is often something that gets shoved to one side in the quest to get through the busyness of the days and weeks of family life.
Decluttering your home and allowing yourself to live in a clutter free space is a big expression of self love.
You are choosing to do something positive for yourself.
Something positive that you will experience on a daily basis.
By decluttering and keeping your home free from clutter you are demonstrating to yourself that you can make change happen.
Inspired? You might also like to read my post on simple ways to declutter your life.
2. Gives you more headspace
Decluttering gives you more headspace.
It’s because a cluttered home does nothing to keep your mind uncluttered, in fact it can cause your mind to be foggy and cluttered.
Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to focus when you’re in a room or home surrounded by clutter?
It’s not good.
If your home is full of clutter, take a moment to really experience how it makes you feel.
Then perhaps think about how you feel in a space that it ordered and clutter free.
Does it make you feel lighter?
It does me.
3. Helps you feel more emotionally balanced
The stress and anxiety caused by living in a cluttered home can really weigh you down.
Both stress and anxiety can play havoc with your emotions.
Emotions that can lead you to be out of balance, to shout when you don’t mean to, to react in extreme ways.
A clear and uncluttered home goes a long way to giving you the kind of balance that brings harmony to your life.
4. Helps you to relax
A clutter free home is a haven.
A haven that you can relax in.
Instead of walking through the door and seeing clutter, jobs that need doing, mess that needs sorting, you can arrive home and relax.
So say goodbye to that feeling of overwhelm by decluttering your home and creating a clutter free space for you and your family to relax and thrive in.
Not sure how to start? Read my decluttering hack post for a simple hack that allows you to declutter your house fast.
5. Helps you to sleep better
If you live in a cluttered home and the clutter is causing you stress you won’t have a restful night’s sleep.
Your brain will be mentally processing the external stimuli of all that clutter and the fact that decluttering is a job that needs doing but isn’t being done.
Moreover, sleeping in a cluttered space is the opposite of restful.
Keep your bedroom furniture to a minimum.
Don’t let your bedside table become a home for a stack of paperwork.
Keep housework stuff like laundry out of the bedroom.
Make your bedroom your sanctuary and you will find your brain able to switch off more easily at night.
6. Gives you curation superpowers
Curating your home to be free of clutter is a great way to help you curate other areas of your life as well.
It helps you focus on what’s necessary and what is important to you.
In the same way as being selective about what you have around you in your home, you can focus on being selective with the way you live your life and the things you do.
It will help you to say no more often to things that are superfluous and things that don’t have a positive effect on you and your family.
7. Refines your style
A wardrobe crammed full of everything you’ve ever bought is not a great way to define your style.
It’s the opposite of a capsule wardrobe.
But declutter your wardrobe, get rid of the things that don’t suit you, things that don’t work with each other and don’t bring you joy and you will find that you have defined your personal style.
The same goes for your interior style.
It’s easy to think that you need to buy more stuff to create a beautiful room.
But sometimes it takes getting rid of stuff, decluttering and simplifying, to create a beautiful space.
8. Makes you money
One person’s clutter is potentially another person’s treasure.
That’s how eBay started after all.
That said, you don’t want to find yourself going down a selling clutter rabbit hole.
Read my post on the best way to make money from your clutter to understand how best to sell clutter, what to sell, what to donate and what to ditch.
9. Saves you money
Whilst buying less doesn’t always mean spending less – quality over quantity – if you have a neatly ordered house and for that matter, wardrobe, you will find that you spend less money.
Because you will have defined the space in your home and defined your capsule wardrobe to the point where you don’t need to add to either of them.
I know, I’ve tried it with my wardrobe and it works.
I’ve found it astounding how much less clothes I’ve wanted to buy since editing my wardrobe and creating a much smaller, capsule collection of clothing that works for me.
10. Gives you more time
The less cluttered your home is the easier it is to clean.
Whether you clean your home yourself or whether you have a cleaner, the less stuff there is to shift around and tidy before the cleaning can start, the better.
There is also, by default, less to clean.
So if you’re a lover of having stuff on display, work out how much extra time it takes to clean everything and then work out if it’s worth it.
You will also claw back time by knowing where everything is.
No more searching for that screwdriver that you think you put in the kitchen cupboard, but didn’t!
11. Gives you more space in your home
Ever have that feeling that you’ve outgrown your home?
Take a look around, assess how cluttered your home is and reassess whether you have outgrown your home or whether, in fact, your home is simply crammed full of stuff.
Decluttering a room can totally transform it.
It can turn a dumping ground into a functional space.
Editing and decluttering a room can give it a new use or help define its use so that the room gets more use.
12. It will rid your home of allergens
Dust, dander (dandruff and pet dander, yuk) can build up really easily in a hard to clean, cluttered home.
Even if the clutter is in rooms that you don’t really use, it’s still creating a build up of allergens.
So get rid of excess clutter and notice what an improvement it makes to anyone in your family who suffers from allergies like dust allergy, hay fever, asthma or eczema.
So there you have it, a whole list of the benefits of decluttering your home. Benefits to your health, wellbeing and style no less!
Decluttering isn’t about getting rid of everything mind you, it’s about curating a space that works for you and your family.
It’s about ditching the things that don’t work or you no longer need.
Decluttering is also about creating a framework for living a clutter free life.
Read my post on ways to keep your home clutter free to help you ensure that your decluttered home stays clutter free.
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