When you see the title of this blog, you may ask yourself…”Really?? Decluttering can actually change my life??” For some people, decluttering is just a matter of picking up a few newspapers off the floor, but for others, it can be a very stressful exercise.
BUT, studies show, If you want to feel healthier, have more energy, and even be more productive, then getting rid of clutter will help you do just that.
So, let’s dive right in because the best time to start is….right now.
“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 –
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No matter what type of person you are, studies show that clutter literally makes people sick, both mentally and physically. The good news is that by opening up this post, you’re taking the first step to have a clutter-free home, and life.
Let’s look at 8 ways that cleaning up your clutter will change your life for the better:
1. Reduces Your Stress
When you have clutter around you, it’s hard not to feel stressed out. Some studies even show that dirt, dander, and germs causes additional anxiety. Dust, mold and mildew hides and grows in amongst clutter. Once you clean it up, you’ll feel more relaxed.
2. Creates a Safer Environment
There’s more to physical health and safety than germs though. When you have too much clutter around, you increase the risk of tripping or falling over things in your way.
Having a home for all of your stuff and clear areas to do the things you need to do every day, is the best way to avoid preventable accidents.
3. Gets Rid of Vermin & Pests
Dust mites, cockroaches, mice, rats, and other creatures love to hide in cluttered spaces. Not only that, but having too much clutter makes it hard to clean, and all that dust and dander attracts even more critters.
4. You Get Healthier
When you aren’t breathing in all that dander and dust, you’re going to start feeling better. If you have allergies or asthma you may be shocked at how much better you feel when you clean up your environment and cut down the clutter.
5. Gives You More Energy
When you’re congested from breathing in dirt and dander, your body has to work extra hard to kill any virus’ it believes is infecting you. By getting rid of clutter, you’re going to feel much more energetic. You’ll sleep better, eat better, be more hydrated, and just be better overall because your home will be cleaner.
6. You Become More Productive
Instead of wasting time looking for stuff, you’ll get things done much easier and faster. When you don’t have to spend an hour cleaning up before you can do daily tasks, life becomes so much better.
7. You Can Manage Your Money Better
Believe it or not, clutter causes a lot of problems with your finances. You might forget to balance your bank account, or forget about paying bills when your statements are piled up with lots of other random paperwork. Disorganization is common for people who have issues dealing with clutter.
8. You’ll Be Punctual
Clutter also causes you to be late for appointments…a lot. When you have too much clutter, you’re constantly tripping around your house trying to find things, like your purse, wallet and car keys.
Once you get the clutter under control, you’ll easily find whatever you need and be out the door in record time.
Decluttering your home will change your life by:
- Reducing your stress
- Creating a safer environment in your home
- Reducing the number of creepy crawlers
- Everyone in your home will be healthier
- You’ll have more energy
- You’ll be more productive
- You’ll be able to manage your money better; and
- You’ll be able to manage your time better
The hardest part about decluttering is making the decision to do it. When you start the process though, you’ll discover some amazing things about yourself and your lifestyle.
Be gentle with yourself – a clutter-free home is not going to happen overnight. But, you can declutter and improve almost every aspect of your life given time and some new habits.
Stay tuned as we will continue to talk about how to go about decluttering and organizing your home in future blog posts.
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