Decluttering has become a hot topic over the past year: Marie Kondo’s work has inspired people all over the world to pare down their possessions and simplify their lives. It turns out that decluttering is a matter of wellness, having an impact on our environment, our physical and emotional health, as well as our social, spiritual, and intellectual lives.
How Decluttering Makes Life Easier
Periodic household decluttering offers many benefits to people of every age. Seniors, in particular, may benefit from paring down possessions. Here are some of the ways in which decluttering and organizing our homes can help us to live happier, healthier lives:
Focused attention:Many experts believe that cluttered spaces can actually be exhausting because your attention is constantly being drawn to one object and then another. Uncluttered spaces allow you to direct your attention to what you are doing or who you are spending time with.
Saving time: After decluttering, it will be easier to find what you are looking for.You’ll also have to put less effort into house cleaning as well!
Increased opportunities for hospitality: A home that is uncluttered and clean is a home that you want to share with friends, family, and neighbors.
Valuing what we have: When we develop a practice of giving away things that we no longer need or want, we often find ourselves truly appreciating what we have decided to keep.
How to Declutter Your Apartment or Home
Here are some tips for beginning a household decluttering project:
Have a plan for your stuff: Before you begin a decluttering project, decide how you are going to move items from your home as quickly as possible. This may mean calling a removal service to come by and pick up your items at the end of the day or driving your items to a charity store or drop-off bin.
One room at a time: Overwhelming tasks usually become a lot more manageable when you break them down. Choose to declutter one room at a time, if a room is particularly large or particularly cluttered, divide the space up into sections and assign a decluttering day to each section.
Get outside help: If you are having difficulty accomplishing decluttering on your own, get outside help. Friends and family may be willing to pitch in, and there are cleaning services that can also help with the decluttering process.
Consider right-sizing: The number of our possessions sometimes increases with the size of our home. If your empty nest is suddenly filling up with items you don’t need, it may be time to consider moving to a home that better suits your lifestyle.
Taking control of your home, and your life is essential to your health and well-being. If clutter is proving to be a problem, start taking steps today to address it.