I have a small confession to make… I am obsessed with decluttering! For several months of 2015 and most of 2016, I decluttered my entire life. Downsizing from a 1,400 square foot home to a 600 square foot home really opened my eyes to the excess in my life. I let go of so many things, and I regret none of it!
However, now that the big decluttering phase of living as a minimalist is over, I still find myself wanting to declutter. The benefits from removing the clutter and helping others in need is like nothing else I have experienced. The problem is that I do not really have much left to declutter.
I have watched several YouTube videos of people decluttering their lives, and almost wish I could do it all over again…. almost! What I gained when I let go of so much was more than I lost. Technically, I did not lose anything other than energy, because it takes a lot to go through everything. But I gained time and space! Both things are so very much needed in my hectic, anxiety driven life.
Saying all of this makes me feel a bit silly, but the truth is, so many people I know are on the fence with decluttering as a means to improve their quality of life. So I am going to share with you what you can gain from getting rid of the clutter one and for all!
7 Benefits of Decluttering Your Home
1 Space //
Let’s start with the obvious. If you declutter, you gain space. Simple right? But what you may not realize is that you clear out things like organizing drawers, dresser drawers, decorative shelves, etc. All of these things no longer are needed to hold onto things you no longer need. Now you have space to rearrange a bit, cull a few organizers, or leave the space as is.
One space I am currently at battle with is my shelving unit in my bathroom. It holds all of my bathroom products, cleaning products, bulk purchases, towels, and medicine. When I first organized it, two years ago, it was crazy how much it held. I knew I wanted to work it down and remove baskets and organizers as we used up things, so I had no worries if it was “Pinterest worthy” or not.
Fast forward to today, it does not hold nearly as much, but still a considerable amount of things. It is still not “Pinterest worthy”, but that was never my intention for this space. I want to gain space, and discover what I actually need and what can go. The only way I know to do that is to consistently worth through the products I have. Once we build our home, I will have all the time in the world to make things “Pinterest worthy”. Right now, I am just focusing on what I actually need in my life.
2 Time //
Everyone needs more time, but how do you gain time if you are always having to reorganize things? The truth is you cannot reorganize clutter and expect to accomplish anything. [Been there and done that!] You have to cull and declutter with the intentions of being intentional with what you bring into the home.
You gain time after decluttering the things out of your life you no longer need. Again, I ask you to trust me. I never thought I would gain time to do anything besides take care of a home, worry about projects I needed to complete, or figure out a way to have an organized and tidy home. But I promise it is possible!
Now that I live in a decluttered home, I have time to go back to school, study, have a small farm, and really dive into my passion hobby of sharing this lifestyle with you. I am working towards my dream life, because I have the time to do that now.
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3 Peace & Calm //
Okay, do you go to bed at night thinking about what you want to clean or organize? I used to do just that. But now, I have a great system in place that allows me to feel at peace in my home. When I walk into it after a long day of work, the calming feeling washes over me and I know it is going to be just fine!
As I sit here typing, I am looking around my home and am so relaxed. I just need to turn on my diffuser. Be right back!
Okay, I am back! Now I really feel calm with the lovely fall scent diffusing into the air. When you have a decluttered home, this feeling lasts! It really does! I cannot remember feeling consistently at peace or a state of calm before I decluttered my home and life. I always went to bed thinking about the what-ifs hiding in my junk room, or the laundry that was piling up because I just did not want to deal with it. My mind was exhausted all of the time.
4 Joy //
How many times do you walk into your home and feel joy? I am sure if you have children playing and laughing your answer is probably more often than mine. But I did not know what joy felt like with all the extra things in my life. I did not know what I wanted to do with myself when I was not working, so I dove into taking great care of my yard.
Sure having a beautiful yard is important, but it never moved me closer to my dream life. I never felt joy in mowing the yard or pulling weeds from the flower beds. Pride? Sure! But not joy.
No joy is something special that you can only feel when you have allowed your mind to pull away from all the things clouding in around it. The sight you see around your home is a major influence to this feeling. When I have my home all tidy, I feel so excited and accomplished! The joy a clean home brings sounds absolutely crazy, I know, but try it! See if you feel it!
5 Organization //
Oh My Lanta!! [Yes, I am a total Full House geek! Thank you DJ!] I have never been so organized in all my life!! When everything has a home, it is amazing! I “organized” clutter for years and never felt organized. Decluttering and giving everything a home is absolutely life-changing!
Now when the hubby asks where something is, I can tell him! How cool right?! Because we all know he did not go looking for it himself, even though claims he did. haha!
Another thing I love about being organized is that it makes cleaning and tidying up time easier and quicker. Without having to guess where something goes or finding it a home, cleaning is a breeze! It definitely was not that way before decluttering, that is for sure!
6 Tidiness //
So in my mind, being organized and tidy are a little different. Being organized means that everything has a home. Being tidy means that everything can neatly go into that home. For example, the beloved sock drawer. Sure you know where your socks go, but how well can you pick out a pair of matching socks?
When you declutter all of the excess from your life, you make way for a tidy home. There is no better feeling than knowing everything you have is neatly tucked away until you need it.
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7 Passion //
Passion is a big benefit of decluttering for me personally. When I had all that clutter in my life, I was grasping at straws trying to figure out what my passions are in life. Besides the obvious of my family, I had no clue what I wanted from my life. Dreams were one thing. I could dream up hundreds of dreams, but passions were another story.
It was not until I decided to start my decluttering and downsizing journey that I figured out what my passions are. For me, my current career is safe, dependable, and comfortable. I love the people I work with as if they were my own family. But I have a passion for investments and helping others achieve that. However, I needed to go back to school so that I could get my foot in the right door. With less than a year left of school, I have never been so excited and scared for my future as I am now, but in a great way!
For creative outlets, I have tried so many different things. From crafts to painting to refinishing furniture to little DIY handmade gifts, I have tried it all. None of these stuck or sparked any kind of excitement. When I picked up my laptop and started writing about my journey, something sparked. I knew within a couple of months that this blog was an extreme passion of mine. While I am not always consistent with posting, one thing is, and that is my passion to help others simplify their lives the way I have been able to do so.
So there you have it! Seven benefits to decluttering your home. What are some benefits you have noticed in decluttering your home? I would love to know below in the comments!
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