“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
― William Morris
In this ultimate guide, we will give you the tools and the tips to turn your house from a sea of chaos into an ocean of calm.
Change your mindset, discover handy decluttering apps for your phone, and even challenge yourself to a 30-day junk blitz.
Find out how turning around your cluttered life can help your mental wellbeing.
How to Declutter Your Home
Clean the Mess and Gain Back Your Space
Why Declutter Your Home? (The Benefits)
To declutter makes sense. If you had to find your way out of a jungle and there are two paths. One is clear and straight, and the other is a series of tangled trails that twisted and turned back on themselves, which one would you choose? Our minds work better when there are fewer options.
If you have ever felt buried under the weight of all the clutter in your home, you are not alone. And if the thought of trying to clear it out has made you feel stressed, that’s normal. The psychological effects of all these things around you can make it difficult to think clearly.
Decluttering is like being able to breathe properly after a bad cold. It frees up your mind to think of the things that are really important. Clear surfaces and clean lines help you to focus, which aids concentration. You’ll get more done in a shorter length of time, giving you more time to relax when it’s finished.
The Psychology of Clutter
We hold on to things for many reasons. Try this quick experiment in your home. Select an object at random and ask yourself these four simple questions: Do you really need it? Do you really like it? Is it really useful? And does it really mean something to you?
If you answered no to these questions, it’s time to get rid of it. But if the idea of getting rid of it fills you full of dread, it’s time to find out why you are holding on to these useless things. Compulsive shopping habits, the fear of letting go, guilt and the hope for a change in the future are all things that feed our obsession with things.
Look at those trainers you bought when you promised you would run that 10k. Or that crochet set with miles of wool when you said you would make your own clothes. It’s hard to admit when you have given up on something. But the feeling of freedom that comes when you give these things away can be just as rewarding. Emotional baggage can become clutter in real life. Make a change and let it go.
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