Declutter your home and your mind
Updated: Dec 13, 2020
We have spent almost a year living with this pandemic which has caused us to spend more time than ever secluded in our homes. And spending that much time in one place, has unarguably made our homes cluttered and messy. Let’s start off the new year with an organized home and organized mind. Ok, I am sure you are thinking “Where do I even begin with all this chaos in my house”? The first step is to have the right mindset for decluttering. Without the right mindset, you will end up just getting frustrated, unfinished, and in the same place you are in now. No Bueno!
Let's first talk about the fact that your home is not the only thing that is cluttered. What about your mind? Do you feel overwhelmed when you come home? Are you constantly spending too much time looking for things that you know you have “somewhere?” You need to ask yourself “Why am I bringing all of this into my home and my life in the first place?”
We are going to start by knowing when to let go – when necessary. We will get into when it is necessary to keep later. Yes, you can keep things, I promise!
What's the big deal? Why should I declutter?
Clutter is costing you time. The hours spent looking for things that you know you have (or think you have), could be much better spent enjoying your life. When you open a cabinet, and everything comes piling out not only causes frustration but now you must take the time to shove it all back in there…what a waste of time! I have read that over the course of our lives, we will spend an average of 3,680 hours (153 days) searching for misplaced items? This study found we lose around nine items every day (which ends up being 198,743 items over the course of our lives.)We are all wishing we had more time in the day. Don’t waste that time looking for things in your life. Instead, spend that time enjoying the moments you have.
Clutter is costing you money. According to a new survey, Americans lose an average of $5,591 in lost items over a lifetime! That is enough to keep a family of four in the U.S. well fed for four months. After you have wasted time looking for the things you need and can’t find them, you make a Target run to get another one. Knowing in the back of your mind you have one somewhere in the chaos you call your house. (Plus, we all know when you go to Target for “another one” we all end up getting 5 more additional things)! If you can find what you are looking for, you won’t have to spend the time or money going to get more.
Clutter is costing you space. So many of us feel that we don’t have enough space, or our house is too small. All that unnecessary clutter in your life is taking away that precious space making you feel overwhelmed.
Clutter is costing you energy. Less clutter means less stress, and who couldn’t use a little less stress in their lives? Spending the time, money, and space on keeping things that don’t give you value in return only brings unhappiness. The overwhelming feeling you get when you walk into your home is unnecessary. There are already too many things in this life that cause unhappiness and stress, you don’t need to add to that yourself.
Clutter is costing you happiness. Probably the most important cost of clutter is your happiness.
If you are still reading this, you have decided to make a change in your life. Congratulations! So, lets get into the nitty-gritty and discuss how you can make those changes. Your home is where you should go to relax. You should be able to walk into your clean, fresh, organized home and feel rejuvenated a home that welcomes you (and your guests) to feel joyful, renewed, and calm.
We are going to get there together!