It's amazing how much clutter we can accumulate in our homes over time. Old clothes, forgotten toys, kitchen gadgets we never use - they all add up, taking up space and making it difficult to find the things we really need. So let's dive deep into why decluttering is important and tips on how to get started.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Studies have shown that visual clutter leads to feelings of stress and anxiety. When our homes are cluttered, it's hard to relax and feel calm. By decluttering, you'll create a more peaceful and serene environment, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Increase productivity and focus
When our homes are cluttered, it can be difficult to focus on the task at hand. This is especially true if you work from home. By decluttering your workspace, you'll be able to concentrate better and get more done.
Save time and money
How much time do you spend looking for things you've misplaced? By decluttering, you'll be able to quickly find the things you need, which will save you time in the long run. Additionally, when you declutter, you may find items you forgot you had, which will save you money on buying replacements.
Improve the overall appearance of your home
Clutter can make your home look messy and disorganized. By decluttering, you'll be able to create a more organized, visually appealing, and inviting space.
How to declutter?
Decluttering your entire home is an overwhelming task. Instead of tackling everything at once, start with a small area. For example, start with your closet or even just a single drawer. Once you've successfully decluttered that area, move on to the next one. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I love it?
- When did I last use it?
- Do I own something else that serves the same purpose?
- Is this something I could borrow from someone else when I need it?
- Would I buy this again?
- Does this item fit my current lifestyle?
- And, if it's broken.... Realistically, will I repair this?
Sort items into piles
As you go through each area, sort items into four piles:
Be ruthless about what you really need and use. If you haven't used something in the past year, and won't use it in the next year, it's time to let it go.
Have a plan for getting rid of items
Once you've sorted items into piles, have a plan for getting rid of them. For items you're keeping, make sure they have a designated spot in your home. For items you're donating or selling, research local charities, consignment shops, buy nothing groups, or check out Facebook Marketplace. For items that are no longer usable, look into recycling/repurposing options before sending to the landfill.
Storage bins, baskets, and shelving can be a great way to keep your home organized and clutter-free, while creating designated spots for items. This will not only help you keep your home organized, but it will also make it easier to find the things you need. It's important to fully declutter before purchasing organization systems and containers though, so you aren't tempted to just hide the unnecessary clutter, and use bins you already have before buying new.
Make it a habit
Decluttering your home is an ongoing process. Once you've successfully decluttered an area, make it a habit to keep it organized, and constantly reevaluate every item in your home. Set aside a few minutes each day to tidy up and put things away. This will help you maintain a peaceful space.
Decluttering your space has many benefits, including improved mental health, better quality sleep, and an overall boost in creativity. By simplifying your home, you'll be able to create (and maintain) a more peaceful and organized environment for yourself and your family, and focus more on the things that matter.