5 Reasons why you should declutter your house - starting today!
“Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor, it’s anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living” -Peter Walsh
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your house?
Are you having trouble finding what you need, when you need it?
These little irritations have the potential to not only annoy you, but they are also wasting your valuable time, affecting your mood, and when the clutter is especially large – preventing you from living the life you really want to be living in your midlife season!
Still not completely convinced that clutter is negatively affecting you? Read on for my 5 reasons why you should declutter your home. By the end of this article, I can virtually guarantee that you’ll be wanting to start right away!
5 Reasons why you should declutter your house – starting today!
#1. Your focus will improve
When your home is cluttered, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. I write about this in my 21 Hacks books, where I explain how your brain is constantly bombarded by the information your senses send to it. When you are surrounded by clutter, that bombardment is increased, and your focus on the task you should be doing is broken while your brain tries to process the new information.
By decluttering your house – the place you generally spend the most time in – you can clear your mind and improve your focus and concentration. This can help you be more productive and efficient in every way – be that focussing on your day to day chores, or on other things such as work. Given that so many people now work from home, the ability to focus in the home environment is more important than ever!
#2. You’ll have more time for activities you enjoy
When your house is cluttered and disorganized, it can take a lot of time and effort to find what you need. Think about the times you’ve been running late to go somewhere special, and how you felt when it took you an extra 30 minutes, frantically trying to locate your keys, your purse and your favourite scarf.
It’s frustrating – right? And when you do finally make it to the amazing event you were so looking forward to, not only are you late, but you’re flustered and grumpy which spoils your day.
By decluttering your home, you can reduce the amount of time spent looking for items, allowing you to spend more time on the activities that matter most to you. Whether it’s exercising, reading a book, or taking a walk outside, decluttering can help free up more time for the things that make you happy and bring you joy. If you’re looking for ways to simplify your life and make the most of your time, decluttering is definitely worth considering!
#3. You’ll Increase your physical activity
Another benefit of decluttering your house which you might never have considered, is that it can increase your physical activity levels. When your home is cluttered and disorganized, you’re more likely to spend a lot of time sitting or standing in one area, which can lead to increased feelings of lethargy and fatigue.
By decluttering your house, you can reduce the amount of time spent searching for items and instead focus on physical activities such as cleaning or organizing. This in turn can boost your energy levels, improve your mood, and make it easier to get active each day, using your time to enjoy the activities you really enjoy.
#4 You’ll improve your sleep quality
Another lesser known benefit of decluttering your house is that it can help improve your sleep quality – and I personally don’t know any midlife women who wouldn’t be excited about that! When your house is cluttered and disorganized, it can feel like there’s never enough space or quiet to get a good night’s rest. This can lead to restless nights of poor sleep, which can in turn lead to increased stress and fatigue throughout the day.
When you declutter your house – especially your bedroom – you’ll create a calmer and more peaceful environment that promotes better sleep habits and helps you wake up feeling refreshed and energized each morning. Your brain will be able to slow down for sleep, rather than being distracted by piles of unfolded laundry, an overflowing washing hamper, your shoes and discarded clothing from the past 3 days dumped in the corner and the pile of paper work strewn over your bedside table.
Having recently moved house after 13 years, there are still plenty of boxes and items to be sorted in my garage, however my bedroom is completely clear of clutter. It was the very first room that my husband and I set up on moving day, as we both knew that we needed a space that was calming and would help us relax – even when we still had a house of boxes.
If you’re looking for ways to improve the quality of your sleep and wake up feeling rested and recharged each day – decluttering may be just what you need!
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#5 You’ll experience a sense of accomplishment and pride
Finally, decluttering your house can give you a sense of accomplishment and pride. When your home is cluttered, it can feel like you’re never able to get ahead or keep up with the mess. This can be incredibly frustrating and leave you feeling powerless and hopeless – and these feelings are amplified at the thought of an unexpected visitor arriving!
By decluttering your house, you’ll be able to take back control of your living space and finally start making progress. Seeing the results of your hard work will undoubtedly fill you with a sense of accomplishment and pride, helping you to feel better about yourself and your ability to achieve your goals.
It’s ironic really – we women look for ways to boost our self-esteem and outlook on life by reading books, listening to Ted talks, attending seminars and so on. All of these methods are great, yet an easy way to boost your self-esteem without having to purchase anything at all is to simply start decluttering your home.
So there you have it – 5 reasons why you should declutter your house – starting today!
With its many physical, mental, and emotional benefits, decluttering is an excellent way to improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life. So what are you waiting for?
Get decluttering today!
Article originally written for Kuel Life – the collective power of women.
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