There are some obvious and not so obvious reasons to declutter. Which of these resonates with you?
- Decluttering saves you money. No brainer: if you buy less stuff, you’ll save money. It can also cost you money to get rid of things you no longer want or need. But, here’s a crazy thought—are you living in a home that is bigger than it needs to be because you need space to store all your belongings? (Also consider that nearly 10% of Americans pay an average of $91/month for self storage units.) Think about how much money you could save if you weren’t paying rent for your junk!
- Decluttering saves you time (and makes it easier to be on time). Dusting is the bane of our existence. Less clutter means less time spent dusting. Eliminating clutter also makes it a lot easier to find what you’re looking for. We learned this first-hand—once we decluttered our drawers, it was so much faster to find socks when we were running late to the gym.
- Decluttering can make you more productive. According to a study done by the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, clutter gets in the way of focus and efficiency. Not being surrounded by clutter helps us to spend less time on tasks and more time, yup, doing what we love.
- Decluttering reduces stress. According to Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University who studies the causes of clutter and its impact on emotional well-being, “Clutter is an overabundance of possessions that collectively create chaotic and disorderly living spaces.” And researchers are finding that a cluttered home can cause stress, especially for women. We know that stacks of mail make us feel overwhelmed. Clutter can also make some of us feel like we’re failing in some way. There’s enough in the world to stress us out, clutter doesn’t have to be one of them.
- Decluttering can help you figure out what’s important to you. Decluttering makes us more selective—the very act forces us to make decisions about what matters. This selectivity can end up crossing over into other parts of our lives—like how we spend our money, what we spend time on, and who we spend time with.
These five reasons to declutter make a ton of sense. But, here’s the hard part—actually decluttering. That’s what we’re here for! Join a Neat & Tidy 6-Week Decluttering Challenge and we’ll provide all the support and encouragement you need to make space for what you love.