- Give you a more peaceful home- less clutter means less time worrying about chores and more time enjoying what you love.
- Help you spend less- when you realize how much you own, or if you have several copies of the same item, you may be a little more aware of what you're buying.
- Increase your income- many of the items you get rid of can be sold for a little extra cash.
- Prepare the home- less stuff means renovations and moves are easier to handle.
- Define your style- If you have a hodge-podge of things, it can be hard to identify a particular style. Why not declutter and see what comes of it? You might be surprised!
- Energize you- getting rid of things that you don't need can be freeing. It feels good to let go of junk, both physically and emotionally and can pave the way for more creativity.
- Help your family- decluttering regularly can teach your kids that it's ok to get rid of things you don't need. I came from a family that liked to hold on to things so I know how difficult letting go can be. But, once you hit that point, there's nothing like it in the world.
- Give you satisfaction- there are few things as satisfying as cleaning and organizing a space. I still look over my once-cluttered living room and feel a sense of pride now that it's clean again, and I get that same sense when I clean the kitchen, organize my desk, or arrange my bookshelf. Once you get a taste of that high, it's easy to let things go.
- And finally, it can teach you to travel light. I used to be that girl who had a huge suitcase just for herself, but the more I've decluttered, the more I realize I don't actually need that much. On our last vacation, my husband and I actually shared a suitcase. Yes, I did forget a few things, but it was nice to only have one bag to look after.
Declutter your house, Declutter your mind.
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:
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.