A big clean shouldn’t be reserved for springtime. Decluttering takes various forms and comes with many benefits, making it a great option if you feel you may be in a slump, overwhelmed, or simply in the mood to make positive changes.
Balance is an important aspect of life, and extreme organization isn’t necessarily the ideal – in fact, obsessive cleaning can contribute to diminished quality of life. Mess and cleanliness can coexist, as long as you’ve found a balance that works for you and suits your needs. Let’s take a moment to explore the many benefits of decluttering, and how a simple act has the power to transform your lifestyle.
Decluttering for Health
Keeping an organized space can do wonders for a person’s mental health. It’s a bit intuitive, even – a tidy environment makes for a tidy mind. If you’re having a bad day and having a hard time focusing, try tidying up and putting things back in their place. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it could be helpful to sort through belongings and get rid of some excess.
Think of cleaning and decluttering as a physical manifestation of your mental processes – by taking a moment to organize your physical world, oftentimes your mental and emotional worlds will follow suit. Similarly, studies have found that disorderly environments have the potential to trigger creativity and fresh ideas. Manipulating your environment, in either direction, is a very useful tool for guiding your thought processes.
More than simply helping out a bad day, decluttering has the power to truly help with mental health and personal habits. Here are some of the proven health benefits to decluttering:
Increased focus: Removing visual clutter and nagging tasks can help you to focus better on the task at hand.
Higher self-esteem: Improving your living space can do wonders for your feelings of competency and self-worth.
Better relationships: Clutter is a common catalyst to relationship problems. Removing clutter helps to avoid these issues, and allows you to comfortably host friends and family with ease.
Lower risk of asthma or allergies: Cleaning is tricky when there’s a bunch of stuff in the way, so decluttering actually allows you to prevent pests and reduce dust, mold, and mildew, thus decreasing the risk of asthma or allergies.
Improved lifestyle: A clean environment allows you to better maintain healthy habits. It’s easier to prepare healthy meals in a tidy kitchen, and an organized bedroom can improve sleep quality.
Decluttering for Finances
Things cost money, and they hold value. Even if that value depreciates over time, your old belongings are likely still worth something to somebody. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, after all! Holding on to items that no longer function in your life not only makes for a messy environment, but keeps you from using that money on bigger and better things!
While certain items may provide you with sentimental value, the bulk of the things that you keep lying around are likely just in the way, taking up space. Wouldn’t it be better to have them out of the way, and providing a nice little chunk of extra income? Those looking to sell used items have a variety of options at their disposal to simplify the process and optimize profits – we'll discuss those options in our next blog, so stay tuned!
Decluttering can provide you with some extra pocket change (or more), but there are bigger financial opportunities to be had when you free up space for potential income. If at the end of a grand declutter you find yourself swimming in free space, you may be well-suited to a home share arrangement! Utilizing your extra space to take on a house mate is a great way to use the tools at your disposal to your advantage. Consider bringing in a house mate to significantly decrease your cost of living. If you’re a big fan of your newfound cleanliness, you might find yourself attracted to a task exchange homeshare. In such a dynamic your house mate helps with home upkeep responsibilities, giving you an extra hand in keeping your home clean and organized!