Like it or not, de-cluttering is something we all have to do at least once in our lives. We may need to de-clutter for a variety of reasons and it may be that we don’t really want to but here are 3 reasons why we should.
When it comes to decluttering, there are several different reasons people have for loving it or loathing it. Here, we take a look at some of the top reasons you may want to give up some of your clutter.
You’re Moving House
Moving house is a very emotional thing and something which most of us do only a few times in our lifetimes. You may be leaving the area and starting a whole new life, or you may be downsizing after the children have left home. Whatever your reason for moving, this is an ideal opportunity to get a clutter-free home. It could even make moving house less stressful.
A tidy home equals a tidy mind, or so they say, but more than that it equals maximising your chances of a sale. When you are selling your home you need to showcase it in the best possible light. This means clearing out the clutter to give buyers the best chance of seeing your home as they want it to be. So you need to spend as much time as possible sorting all the family’s possessions into different categories; what to keep, what to recycle or sell and what to throw away.
All the stuff which is to leave your house, either for the recycling centre or the charity shop, should be taken out as soon as possible before you change your mind! Once you have decided what to keep make sure you package all these items and store them safely either in a self-storage facility or out of the way in your garage, for example.
You Could Make Money
It is possible that you won’t discover a long-lost Rembrandt amongst your possessions but that doesn’t mean your things are worthless. Even day-to-day items like children’s toys and outgrown clothes will sell. EBay and car boot sales are great outlets for all those old items that you no longer use. Any money made could be used to treat yourself to a day out or even a family holiday.
Clutter-free is Healthier
Take a good look around your home. Go into each room of the house and take note of just how much stuff there is on your shelves and in your cupboards, drawers and wardrobes. Then think honestly about how much of it you actually use or even need. The chances are that by the time you’ve finished your inventory you will have noticed just how much dust there is and how difficult it is to move everything to clean around, under and in between.
Then imagine how much easier your life would be without all that extra moving and cleaning of items that you never use. It could also help you save money on moving or self storage costs. De-cluttering can clear your mind and decrease your stress levels whilst having fewer things to attract dust will undoubtedly improve your health and well-being. The queen of de-cluttering, Marie Kondo, says that every item you own should bring you joy. If this doesn’t apply to you then now is the time to start your journey to a clutter-free, joyful life.