Reasons Why You Should Declutter Your Home Often
Most of us don’t like an overly cluttered home. They are hard to move around, dusty and feel closed off. On top of that, most of it is stuff you haven’t used or wanted for years.
Wouldn’t it be great to just get rid of half of it!
Many benefits come from decluttering your home often. It makes your home feel more appealing and creates a space where you and your guests feel comfortable to be in.
Here are four reasons why you should declutter your home often:
1– It Gives You More Space
When you get rid of things that you do not need, or use will give you space you did not think you had. Most are packrats of some sort and things accumulate and stay longer than needed whether we intend them to or not.
Getting rid of things that you no longer need can have some additional benefits as well:
More space means more possibility for creative home decor and more space is freed up for the things that you do need and are using regularly.
It makes your place seem bigger than it is. Those wide-open spaces make a room seem less cluttered and thus gives the impression that the room is bigger than it is. You can finally get to cleaning your carpet space that was covered by unnecessary items.
More space creates a better mood. You don’t feel confined and constrained when you have more free space. Free space in the home equals free space in the mind.
This is because people in a tighter space are often stressed about not having enough space. Give yourself peace of mind and clean up the clutter from your apartment and your mind. Cleaning also gives you a sense of accomplishment!
People who enjoy being at home are more productive and can focus more easily. An open space looks more attractive and it is easier to move around in.
2 – Improves Your Decision-Making Skills
When you declutter, you decide what is important to keep. Are you really going to use the asparagus peeler? If you haven’t used something for a long time and don’t see yourself using it again for a long time, it might be time to consider getting rid of it. To paraphrase Marie Kondo, if there is no benefit to having the object around, get rid of it.
It makes you more selective about what you want moving forward. Although not everyone will got for having as little as possible, knowing that you want to avoid clutter when making future purchases will help be more selective in what you buy. Knowing what your goals are and what you need to reach those goals can help you avoid purchases that do not forward your goals. This is a strategy of most successful people and businesses.
Why keep things you no longer use or need? If it is just taking up space, it isn’t useful to you. Get rid of it to make space for something you do want or need to have around.
It helps you psychologically to let go of old chapters in your life. Coming back to you feeling better. Occasionally cleaning out the closet can help you make room for the new by getting rid of the old and no longer needed.
3 – Could Help You Save and Make Money
When you declutter, you avoid accumulating things that will later cost you money to get rid of down the road. This is also a good habit to develop early on. Get in the habit of considering whether you will use or need the object later down the road.
Do you like sewing? Do you plan to learn to sew? If not, do you need to get that cool sewing machine that looks like your mom’s?
The sooner you get rid of things, the less you will have to get rid of when you move and the less you have to clean. Often people fear moving just to avoid going through the process of getting rid of things they have accumulating space.
Try a garage sale at home to make some money off things you no longer need. If no one wants to buy what you have, donate them to Goodwill or see if someone in your family would like them. You can even take a trip to your community homeless shelter. If nothing else works, throw it away.
Pro tip from real estate expert and founder of Source Capital Funding Sacha Ferrandi:
“If you plan on selling your home, it is easier to sell if it is in good condition and not overcrowded. A clutter-free home is more attractive than a cluttered home. It is also easier to move out of. Decluttering often will save money and time when you move”.
4 – Makes Things Easier
Clutter builds up very easily, therefore when decluttering often it makes it easier to both clean and maintain cleanliness. The less mess you have, the easier and shorter time it will take you in keeping things organized and in their proper place.
Ease of cleaning means that it is easier to keep germs away too, that is always a plus.
Facilitates your way of doing things around the house. If you don’t have to navigate through piles of junk that you are not using or through drawers of things that you stopped using years ago, you get things done faster and more efficiently.
Decluttering often can have a lot of benefits in the long run. It can free up a lot of space, which makes your home seem larger and more attractive, while making it easier to clean and to get things done.
Decluttering often also puts you in the mind of thinking about what you truly need and want. Throw out the old and useless and keep the things that you feel are necessary and have a sentimental value to you. Be conscious when making purchases. If it is an impulse buy, stop and consider if you will use that a lot. If not, don’t buy it.
There are many little steps we can take to make our home nice. Decluttering is a simple one that, done often in small steps, can make a big difference!