If you love shopping or just have a lot of stuff that you have accumulated over the years, it might be time to declutter your home. Decluttering has so many benefits and is really easy to do once you get the hang of it and have a plan in place.
The benefits of decluttering
You might feel like you live in an "organised chaos", it's what you're used to but the truth is there is so many benefits to getting rid of all the stuff that you just don't need anymore. Once you really start to feel the benefits of decluttering, you will wonder why you never did it sooner!
- Your home will start to look much better, you will have a bigger sense of accomplishment and will actually feel proud to entertain guests.
- Living in a clear space, is much more relaxing. The quote "A clean house is a clean mind," is definitely true . Many people get really stressed/anxious when they live a hoarding sort of lifestyle and decluttering can help to overcome this.
- You will likely be getting rid of a lot of dust on your cleaning journey, so you will no doubt be improving your health.
- If shopping is your weakness (which leads to having so many items,) learning to overcome this habit will mean that you will save money. You might also EARN some money if you find some items to sell.
- It's probably very hard to find things that you need in all the clutter, once your home has been organised you won't have this problem any more. When everything has it's place, you will be surprised how much easier this will make your day.
- You might find something more productive to do with your time rather than collecting lots of items, that you don't really need. It's amazing how decluttering, also "declutters" your mind and opens up lots of opportunities that you never thought possible
How to do it-
Depending on how much clutter you actually have, tackling it at the moment might sound like a huge obstacle that you just can't overcome. Don't look at the job at decluttering your whole house, look at it as room by room, or even - space by space within each room. Just say to yourself that you can do it, you will do it! A positive attitude is key to achieving everything in life and this is no different. The most important thing to do is not put it off any longer, if you do the problem is only going to get waste. Once you've decided to declutter your life, it's time to get started.
- Start on a particular room and completely declutter that room, before you even think about moving onto the next one. When you see how clean and tidy the room looks, you will feel even more motivated to continue on to the rest of the house.
- You have to be brutal, moving stuff from one place to another isn't going to make much difference at all. As you go through your things, make three piles - "keep", "sell/donate" and "throw". Keep in mind that your keep pile should be significantly smaller than the other two! It can be easy to hold onto things that might have memories for you, one or two sentimental things is fine - but don't go overboard. If you do have a lot of stuff that you just can't get rid of, consider renting a storage unit to hold them in.
- Discover what you don't use or need anymore, that can be sold. Keep an open mind with this and remember that one mans trash, is another mans treasure. One of the best places to sell your items are through eBay. The website is really easy to use and what better than to make money, and also a clutter free attractive home.
- Don't just tidy away things from the main area of each room, organize your cupboards and even your fridge. Having a more structured routine to how you keep things, makes you more likely to keep it this way.
- Clean as you clutter, this means dusting, hoovering, polishing and just making the place look amazing. You might not even recognize the place when you are done and this will spur you on to continue with your decluttering journey.
- Have the mindset that every item has a place, if you leave things out on display; soon you will be adding things to this collection and you will be right back where you started. Don't be afraid to purchase yourself some storage boxes if you need some, to keep items in. Having a box for CD's, toiletries.etc. will help you know where everything belongs.
- Get the family involved in your decluttering, they likely contribute to the problem after-all. You will not be able to do all the hard work by yourself and by getting people to help you, they are also aware of the plan and your new way of living - and you can get them on board. If you have reluctant children or even a lazy partner, it's time to put your foot down.
- Light a scented candle or two around the place, having a nice smelling home is really enticing and will make you want to keep it clean and organised.
I hope that that the advice detailed above has motivated you to start a new, tidier way of life and also make extra income. Decluttering can make all the difference, not just to the way your home looks, but to your state of mind too. Once you start, it can be quite an addictive process, but it's the kind of addiction that is good.
Wishing you a clutter free life & prosperity :)