The excess clutter in our homes can be such a burden to carry.
The worst part is, we sometimes don’t even realize how much this excess is dragging us down until we finally allow ourselves to become free from it.
I’ve learned a lot over the past few years of simplifying my life and striving to live as clutter-free as possible.
And let me say…as a Mom of two with a 2-year-old and 2-month-old, it certainly hasn’t been easy trying to keep our home and lives simplified. As our children grow and require new clothes or items to accommodate their ever-evolving needs, it is definitely work to keep up with the constant flow of items coming into our home.
It’s all I can do sometimes to make sure our stuff isn’t swallowing us whole. But even though there is significant effort required in maintaining a (mostly) clutter-free home in this season of my life, I know for a fact that it’s worth it.
Living this way has improved our lives in more ways than I can count.
Today I wanted to share just a handful of the ways decluttering will improve your life, and what I’ve learned in my own simplifying journey thus far.
If you have been meaning to declutter your possessions for some time now and are looking for some motivation to get your butt into gear, I hope these inspire you to finally take the plunge and clear out some of the excess in your own life 🙂
5 ways decluttering will improve your life:
1. It will reduce your stress levels and allow you to relax more easily
The physical sight of clutter everywhere can be enough to instantly make you tense.
It’s a constant reminder of things you should be getting done or tending to and it makes it difficult to completely relax when you have piles of stuff taunting you and knowing you’ll eventually have to deal with them.
It can also be stressful to always be searching for things you need. Or even worse…. losing them entirely.
Simply put… less stuff = less stress!
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2. Your ability to focus will increase
Do you ever find that your best work is usually done in a clean and clutter-free environment? There’s a reason for that!
Clutter can bombard our minds with way too much stimuli, which causes our senses to focus on things that aren’t necessarily important. So when you are sitting down at your computer to get work done and can see a pile of paperwork in the corner of your eye, your brain is going to have to work overtime to focus on the task at hand since it’s also being bombarded by the physical clutter nearby.
Clearing out clutter helps to clear out your mind too!
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3. You will have more time
Less clutter to deal with means less time maintaining, organizing, and tidying up your things.
This then leaves you with more time and energy to do the things you truly want to be doing. Meaning more time for family, friends, relaxing, and fun. Who wouldn’t want that!
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4. You will have more patience
Do you find yourself instantly irritated when you walk into your home after a long day and are faced with clutter everywhere and feeling like you can’t escape from it?
Or maybe you are frustrated pretty often from not being able to find things when you need them.
Clearing out the excess clutter in your life is going to allow you to spend less time and energy on dealing with your stuff, so that you have more patience to handle the rest of your life with ease.
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5. You will feel lighter
There is truly a great sense of freedom when you no longer feel like you are buried under your possessions, both literally and figuratively.
Living in a less chaotic space gives you the ability to enjoy life more and not feel so much responsibility when it comes to your belongings. There’s not as much to take care of or worry about, and you start to place less value on the role that material possessions play in your life. It’s a wonderful feeling!
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How has decluttering helped to improve your life? Please share with me in the comments section below! 🙂
LIsa O says
I have to agree with all your comments above! I am in a part of my life with no children at home and have been cleaning out for 2 years now. It is amazing how much stuff you acquire after raising children.
My advice to young parents….don’t buy everything they want! It will stay in your basement for years and then when they move out…they don’t take it with them 🙂
Christina Tiplea says
Absolutely Lisa! I’m (not so) secretly looking forward to purging a lot of our huge baby gear once we no longer have babies in the house just because it takes up so much room. That’s great advice and something I plan to follow as well! 🙂
I’m starting an art business out of my home and it’s clutter city which is driving me crazy. I have nowhere to put all of my art supplies and creations. This list was made for me 🙂 Thanks, Christina its so nice to have you back 🙂
Christina Tiplea says
Aw thank you Mary! And that’s awesome, congrats on the new art business! 🙂
Nicolette Sutherland says
It’s great how much organization in your home can positively impact your day to day! Hope you don’t mind the plug, but it’s so relevant to this movement… As you decide to let go of some of your higher-end clothes, shoes, bags, and such, did you know you can donate them to support your favorite cause? Send them to us at Mighty Good Things (for free), and they’ll be sold on marketplaces like eBay. 100% of the net proceeds go to the nonprofit of your choice! It’s decluttering for GOOD 😉
Great article…I agree decluttering will definitely lead to less stress in your life.
Decluttering reduces clean-up time. A minimalist approach to owning things is the way to go.
Thanks for article.
I couldn’t agree more! Since I started de-cluttering, I always find more time to spend with my family and friends. One is able to get organized.
Thank you for sharing.
Alice cLARENCE says
I agree with all these advantages. I’m not a fan of decluttering but I really feel better after that, as if I was getting free morally and physically.
Natasha Smith says
Indeed, decluttering reduces stress levels because it’s kinda annoying to see those paper bills stocking up and taking up so much space.
Harvey Self says
This is amazing thanks for sharing this blog I have become a fan of your blogs now. This blog is so interesting and informative.
The journey to becoming a true minimalist is a change in mindset, and that never happens in one week. You can remove visual clutter in one week, but from what I see from most homeowners, the clutter will return. Kudos to you for taking the time to set new habits, profit from the sale of certain items, and for making really tough decisions to let go of certain items. You are a true inspiration for all of us on this journey.