Time for a small confession: I love watching Hoarders. It's dramatic, emotional, and the stories behind the hoard are often tragic, but it usually ends with the hoarder getting a clean house and a new lease on life. But that's not the only reason I watch it. The reason I watch Hoarders, besides learning about what prompts people to start hoarding (and admiring the cute cleaning specialists) is so I will clean and declutter my own house. And guys, decluttering regularly is more important than you know. There was a time when my living room was so full of furniture that I almost couldn't move. It drove me crazy, and I did everything I could to sell and give away what we didn't need. Once I got that space open and clean again, I swear I felt the house let out a sigh of relief. Or maybe that was just me. Decluttering your house regularly can:
My own freshly-decluttered living room!
When decluttering, it's ok to start small. Go through the junk mail and throw away anything that you don't need. Then, maybe go through any other paper that you have lying around. Check food for expiration dates and toss anything damaged or old. Go through your books/movies/games and get rid of anything you haven't touched in a year or more. Get rid of any clothing that is torn or doesn't fit, or shoes that you've outgrown. For children, have them go through their toys and get rid of anything they're willing to part with. These are just a few ways you can get started on your decluttering journey, and there are many resources out there to help you along the way. A few that I recommend are The Happy Housie, Becoming Minimalist, Apartment Therapy, and Budget Dumpster. If you've ever watched Hoarders, you know how claustrophobic those houses can be. My advice is to start decluttering today so you can be free to live your life in the comfort of your own home. Freedom is the name of the game, after all. The photo of the William Morris quote came from The Happy Housie.