It’s amazing what getting organized can do for your sanity and well-being…at least that’s the way it works for me. I am great at getting other people organized but am not great at keeping my office and the rest of my house organized. I work hard at it but it doesn’t come naturally. When I declutter a room or an area of my home, it feels amazing, like a weight has been lifted. If I can keep it organized the feeling stays with me. I decluttered and organized my personal and business papers about a week ago and shredded so much paper that I overheated my shredder. It was a very exciting Friday night.
If you’re feeling ‘off’ or overwhelmed, you might just need to spend some time decluttering. When I cleared out 5 garbage bags full of clothes I didn’t wear, it suddenly seemed like I had a new and improved wardrobe. I had something to wear! Now I only have clothes I like and wear regularly and there is space to organize them so I’m not sifting through heaps of items crammed into my closet. That’s a huge time waster.
Clear your mind
Decluttering and organizing can clear your mind so you can focus on things you enjoy. Your creative juices will start flowing again. Your mind will have a bit more space and freedom. You’ll also have more time to have fun and relax rather than constantly trying to stay ahead of the mess. Every item I remove from my house that I don’t love or need makes me less stressed. It’s one less thing to dust or move out of the way. And don’t be tricked into thinking that hiding clutter away in a cabinet or closet will make a difference. The cluttered feeling will still be there because you know those things are there.
Less stuff, means less stress which can mean better sleep. Sleep, in my opinion, is one of the most important things we need to get by in this fast-paced world. A cluttered house means a cluttered mind and a cluttered mind makes for a difficult sleep. If sleep is hard to come by for you, start by decluttering the bedroom and see how you feel. It’s much easier to keep your space clean when there is less in it. Less to dust, easier to keep things in their place because everything has a specified place. Not as much tidying to do beforehand.
Decluttering and organizing is cheap and effective therapy. You’re letting go of the past which allows you to focus on what is happening in the present. Decluttering doesn’t mean getting rid of as many things as you can; it means, getting rid of things that don’t make you feel good. Things that bring back bad memories have no business being in your house.
Clearing the clutter makes you more mindful when purchasing new items. Once you’ve gone through all your possessions and only kept what you need or love, you’re not going to want to bring something into the house unless it qualifies. By being more mindful about what you purchase, you’ll also save money…and who can’t benefit from that?
Less stress, more sleep, more freedom to do fun stuff, letting go of negative memories, saving money and being able to focus on the present…all of this adds up to an improved mood and outlook on life. I can’t think of anything else that can have more of an impact on your life than decluttering. It may sound cheesy but I think it’s true. It’s something simple that can start small but makes an amazing impact. The time you spend will come back to you many times over.
I can’t yet call myself a minimalist but would like to someday. Another benefit to clearing the clutter is that you can take it to any level you’d like. Every bit will make a difference. There are many methods to decluttering and you can choose the method you prefer. My outlook on decluttering changed when I read ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. This method works well for me but may not for others. I highly recommend giving it a read to see if it’s for you. You can declutter by room, declutter by item type, toss 100 things in 100 days or just get rid of things as you come across them…whatever works for you. It doesn’t matter how you do it, it just matters that you do it. It will all help to clear some much-needed space.
Now, it’s time for me to order food and gear up for another Friday night of delivery and decluttering. How has decluttering impacted your life? Please share below. Thanks so much for reading!