Why decluttering makes you feel good!
Can’t shake the feeling of being surrounded by mess? Decluttering your home not only makes it tidier and easier to clean, but also has a positive impact on your well-being. Because a space that feels out of control can indeed make you feel that way, there are some mental health benefits to decluttering.
Decluttering and organisation are about creating a home you love: a warm and welcoming space that reflects who you are. Clutter can be defined as surplus stuff that’s getting in the way, both materially and metaphorically. As we face so much clutter in our everyday lives that it can, by extension, lead to clutter in our minds. By getting rid of clutter at home, you may feel like you’re taking back some control. It’s also a way to enjoy a clean home and set good intentions, to surround yourself with things that matter to you.
5 psychological benefits of decluttering your home
1. Improved decision making
As you go about decluttering your home, you decide what should stay and what should go. It encourages active decision-making about what matters in your life right now — giving you the opportunity to let go of physical clutter as well as emotional clutter.
2. The ability to unwind
Because what’s on the outside can be reflected on the inside, you may find it hard to unwind and relax in a room that’s cluttered and messy. Removing clutter and organising a room can result in a more relaxed state of mind. This is especially true for the bedroom!
3. A sense of control
There’s a lot of things beyond our control in the world. And when things feel out of order, it can make us feel stressed, scattered, and anxious. Decluttering your space is an actionable task that you can do. Taking control of the cleanliness and clutter in your home will likely make you feel proud, calmer, and less stressed.
4. Energy and headspace
Decluttering — even if it’s only clearing out a single draw — gives a similar feel-good feeling as checking off items on a to-do list. Why? Because clearing space, both physically and energetically, makes room for something new. On top of that, being in a decluttering work mode might make you feel more energised and motivated to finish other tasks!
5. Understanding what matters to you
By going through your belongings with intention, you are practising mindfulness. Sorting through objects, photos, clothes, or whatever it is you are decluttering, will give you a clearer picture of what matters to you. It’s a chance to reflect on who and what your priorities are in general. Familiarising yourself and then reducing what you own decreases the number of things vying for your brain's attention.
The feel-good factor that comes from decluttering kicks in quick and the results are transformative, for your space and your well-being. The trick is knowing where — and how — to start. And for that, we’ve got you covered!
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