When we find ourselves in a situation where the need to declutter becomes obvious as soon as we walk through the front door, we can be forgiven for thinking that the benefit of decluttering is just about creating extra space in the room. In reality, there are many more things to be gained from a clutter free home.
What are the not so obvious benefits of a good old declutter?
1) We spend less time cleaning
When a space is full of stuff it can be very difficult to clean. Wiping down a countertop takes much longer if it is covered in objects than if it is mostly empty. Have you noticed that when you tidy up an area, it immediately appears much cleaner even when you haven’t done anything other than put a few things away? The less things we need to work around when we clean, the less time it takes to do and the more time we have to do the enjoyable things in life such as spend time having fun with family and friends.
2) We feel like having guests over to visit
It can be a difficult thing to invite other people over to our houses when we feel embarrassed about how much we have managed to jam inside the rooms. Even when we convince ourselves that our friends just have to love us the way we are, a little voice inside our heads can tell us that we don’t want people to see our house that way and maybe think unpleasant things about us. When we have a home we are proud of, it is much easier to open that home to friends and family to visit. Even removing a small number of items from the common areas such as kitchen and family room can make a huge difference.
3) We are more grateful for what we already have
Have you ever found that the more you accumulate, the more you feel inclined to buy? It’s funny but when we own less we begin to understand how little we really need to be happy. The desire to add more things to our homes reduces and the desire to spend time doing things we enjoy increases.
4) We have more money for things we really want
When we have stopped being mindless consumers we find that as our homes are collecting less, our bank accounts are collecting more. We begin to develop a new mindset around purchases, considering each new item and deciding whether it is something we really want to bring into our homes. Less spending equals more saving and then we are able to make some fun decisions about what we want to spend that money on.
5) We actually know what it is we own and are able to find those lost items
The less we have, the harder it is to lose something in the house and the easier it is to find when we do. When the countertops are clear rather than covered by a jumble of items, it is easy to see the set of keys we placed on them earlier. When another family member loses something it is easier for us to spot. There is also nothing worse than having to rebuy an item because the first one has disappeared into the clutter somewhere. We know that as soon as we get another one the first one will turn up. Less stuff in the house resolves this issue.
6) We have more time to just sit and rest or indulge in a hobby
Less stuff around the house means less work to do tidying, moving and cleaning. This saved time can then be channelled into your passion. Don’t have one? You now have the time to develop one.
Even just one small area decluttered each day will make a big difference in the future. What small step will you take towards your clutter-free life?
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