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Benefits of De-cluttering



De-cluttering our home environment has the potential to benefit both our physical and mental well-being.

De-cluttering isn’t about giving away everything you own; it’s about keeping the things that add value to your life, now and in the future.

 

Saving Time


How much time do you spend every day just looking for things?


“Every minute you spend looking through clutter, wondering where you put this or that, being unable to focus because you’re not organised costs you: time you could have spent with family or friends, time you could have been productive around the house, time you could have been making money.” - Jean Chatzky

Add to that all time spent acquiring and caring for everything. Sometimes our possessions take away more value from our lives than they add.

You have the power to decide what is worth your precious time. I’m sure everyone would like a little more time in their day.

 

Safer Spaces


An accumulation of clutter can create and environment full of hazards and your home can become a dangerous place for you and your family to live. Large volumes of clutter can cause trips, falls and other accidents around the home. Items stacked high can topple over and out of cupboards resulting in injury to anyone who happens to be in the way.



When your home is overfilled with clutter, it also becomes difficult to hygienically clean down surfaces of the home. Not to mention the toll excess clutter can have on our mental wellbeing. Who wants to live in a place that is stressful, overwhelming, dangerous and hard to maintain?

 

Finding Lost Items


While you’re de-cluttering, you’re likely to rediscover items that you haven’t seen for a long time, possibly years. Things like important paperwork, precious family photos, a treasured keepsake, unfinished projects, or even something practical that you needed but could never find. Finding these items again can spark a range of emotions, just roll with it, it’s all part of the process.



Once all the unwanted, nonessential items have been removed from your spaces, you can give your most important items a space of their own. A place where they can be displayed and enjoyed, or easily located when you need them.




 

Your home is easier to clean


Clutter has a direct impact on how straightforward it is for you to clean your home. In some extreme cases, clutter can make cleaning an almost impossible task. Living in a cluttered and unhygienic environment will likely have a negative impact on your physical health. An accumulation of dust, mould, toxic waste, animal infestations etc can cause a multitude of health conditions like respiratory problems, and a variety of infections.



Minimising the clutter you keep will make it easier for you stay focused on your cleaning tasks and allows you to access all surfaces; allowing you to clean to a higher standard.


There are many simple clutter busting habits you can incorporate into your daily routine. For example; the one in one out rule, never an empty hand, working to a timer, or using habit trackers.


Bridget from Be Simply Free shares her free habit tracker here https://besimplyfree.com.au/resources/


 

Relieve stress


As the volume of clutter continues to grow in our homes, so does the mental weight of knowing that it's there.

Decluttering makes you feel less overwhelmed and gives you a sense you are in control. You feel more organized and energizes you as gain momentum and start ticking things off your “to do list”. It reduces anxiety. When things feel and look chaotic it can (but not always) make us feel scattered, chaotic and anxious within ourselves. Creating order relieves this anxiety and lowers stress levels. - Michelle Lowry, Renew-U Counselling



 

6. Improves Concentration –


Being surrounded by clutter can be very distracting. Either you’re worrying about the ‘mess’ when you should be focused on something else, or bounce between various tasks before you finish the first. The effects of clutter on your mind are always negative and it interferes with your thought processes. As you work towards a less cluttered environment, your brain begins to become less cluttered too, allowing your concentration to improve



 





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