11 Reasons to Declutter Today
Has decluttering been on your radar for a while, but you just haven't started? You know you need and want to do it, but you're busy. Always busy, and decluttering takes some time. It's pretty easy to do the "get rid of one item each day" method, but you feel like that will just take forever, and you want to see meaningful results soon. But busyness, lack of energy, that TV show, those social media posts, and a touch of good old procrastination are getting in your way.
Maybe these eleven reasons to declutter will help give you the motivation to start today.
1. Save time.
A clutter-free home makes it easier to find what you need when you need it, without fruitless searching. Because everything has a place to belong, it's easier to see when you need to restock or replace something. Plus, having less stuff makes your home quicker and easier to keep clean. You can spend time on other things you like to do better.
2. Save money.
You shop less when you become conscientious about maintaining a clutter-free space. You also save on containers and other organizing systems when you have less to store. You save money every time you don't buy something simply because you can't find it – even though you think you have that thing somewhere. (No more going out to buy packing tape or WD-40 only to find you already have three or four half-used rolls or cans.) Plus, you might potentially spend less on housing or rented storage space if decluttering helps you realize you don't need so much room after all.
3. Feel more calm and in control.
There are many things in life we can't control, but our living environment isn't one of them. When other things are chaotic, home can be a refuge. Imagine coming home to a serene, welcoming space where everything you own fits comfortably, with room to spare. Imagine how much less stress you will feel when home is simple and straightforward.
4. Feel good in everything you wear.
A stuffed closet and "nothing to wear" is a common complaint, because rather than figuring out our best sizes, styles, and colors, we just buy something new. We buy what's trendy or what's on sale whether it's right for us or not. A pared-down wardrobe of your favorites that fit and flatter makes getting dressed easy.
5. Get out the door more easily.
Little things, like not being able to find your keys or a child's homework, can completely derail your morning schedule. Clear clutter and mornings will be smoother. Just imagine easier grooming and dressing, preparing breakfast and lunches in a neat kitchen, selecting outerwear from a streamlined coat closet, and a more pleasant start to everyone's day.
6. Find more focus.
Visual noise demands our attention, just as any loud noises do. With piles and clutter in our workspace, our brains have to work overtime to filter out the things that don't require our attention so we can focus on what does. Remove the clutter, and you'll find it easier to prioritize, concentrate on, and finish tasks with greater ease.
7. Improve your child's life.
Are the toys out of control? Decluttering is a great way to refocus on creativity and imagination. Make sure the toys you keep don't do everything for your child – reduce electronic and branded toys to encourage independence and innovation. And say goodbye to stepping and tripping on scattered items, since corralling fewer toys is so much easier.
8. Get better sleep.
Distractions make it more challenging to fall asleep, so removing clutter from your bedroom can improve the quality of your slumber. Leave the worries of the day behind when you enter your clean and peaceful space ready to rest and recharge.
9. Park your car.
Can you fit your car in the garage? Many of us store boxes of items we never even open, yet cars which cost thousands sit outside. Clear the clutter, and finally park your vehicle in the garage, where it's protected from weather damage and maybe even vandalism or break-ins.
10. Help others.
Clothes, kitchen items, furniture, toys, tech, and even hobby supplies you aren't using can probably be used by someone else. Wouldn't it feel good to know that all of your unneeded items were helping people instead of sitting in your closets, basement, or rented storage space? The ability to be generous is a sure sign that you have enough, so giving will also jumpstart your feelings of gratitude. Consider the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Oxfam, or local shelters, churches, and schools.
11. Sell your home for more.
If you're thinking of putting your home on the market, decluttering is a good way to help it look its best, and it's free! A clutter-free home looks brighter, cleaner, more spacious, and more inviting to potential buyers, and may sell more quickly and at a higher price. In fact, you may love the new look so much that you decide to stay after all!
You might also enjoy my latest book, The Minimalist Tool Kit: Habits and Strategies to Help You Find Freedom and Happiness with Less (paid link).
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