There are billions of us on the planet, so there are also billions of ways to live. Some of us are organized, and some live in organized chaos, mildly speaking. If you're in the chaos group, you may want to reconsider changing your ways and declutter your home. Why? I’ll reveal one crucial truth. Tidying up your house is a life-changing decision. Decluttering brings so many benefits. And get this - all of them are backed up by science!
Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo, who you might have caught on Netflix's hit show "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo," also says that "tidying can transform your life." Millions have since then found they can achieve minimalistic bliss in their own homes.
Many people feel anxious parting with their possessions since many tie emotionally significant memories with them. However, your stuff does not actually represent your identity, and I know you know that. Once you learn how clutter affects your well-being and emotional state, you will soon make a list of all the things you can get rid of to start your new chapter.
Most of us don't feel particularly strongly about our possessions. Sometimes, we're just accustomed and even a little lazy. No judgment from me! But, if you're thinking about changing your ways, I'll throw some facts that will cement your motivation to finally start tidying your space, and consequently, your life.
First of all, you should be aware that clutter reduces your ability to focus. That is precisely why some people just aren't able to work at a messy desk. You may not be aware of it, but a lot of stuff surrounding you affects your ability to concentrate and focus on essential things. Getting rid of physical clutter at home clears up your mental clutter as well. This way, you get more mental capacity and less decision fatigue.
Less stress and anxiety, more freedom and peace
Regular cleaning of a cluttered home takes more time and energy, so maintaining a tidy home can get stressful. The more you own, the more you have to organize, clean, repair, and pay for. You will soon learn that you can do without so many things and have more money to spend on experiences.
Decluttering your home gives you more opportunity to relax in your well-maintained home. The fewer distractions you have, the less anxiety you will feel.
Your eyes may be closed, but your brain is not suddenly blind to all of the clutter it caught on your way to bed. Your brain is wired to mentally process all of the external stuff and stimuli. Clearing your bedroom could change your life. And I am not exaggerating. If you're feeling overwhelmed with the thought of decluttering your home, try and start with your bedroom. I promise you will get motivated almost instantly.
Boosted productivity and creativity
Even if you're unaware of it, being constantly surrounded by a bunch of stuff makes it difficult to concentrate. Distractions suffocate your creative stream. Once you tidy your space, you'll find that your concentration levels spiked up. With ith all this free space in your mind, your creative juices will get a much bigger flow.
You probably already know that dust, pollen, and pet hair accumulate wherever they can. All the stuff is a perfect home to dust and various particles and allergens. Decluttering will drastically improve the airflow in your home, thus protecting your family from allergies, asthma, hay fever, or eczema.
Decluttering is essentially self-care
The benefits of decluttering go way beyond the tangible effects of a tidy home. The process helps you regain control over your home and, consequently, your mind and life. Decluttering means getting rid of excess stuff to create more space, energy, clarity, and freedom to improve your well-being.
Tips for decluttering
You can find many advice and tips on how to start decluttering your home, but I'll give you the essentials.
- Make a plan of tasks to accomplish so you don't get overwhelmed.
- Delegate if you can. Use the help of your family.
- Buy less stuff. The less you have, the less you need to maintain.
- If you're not sure, just throw it out. This is THE decision-making tool you need.
Use Gaffer tape
Some stuff you will undoubtedly keep. You can still keep your home clutter-free by using some labeled boxes and shelves. Gaffer power adhesive tape is an excellent tool you can use in your decluttering process. Good luck, and let us know how you did it!
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