Decluttering your home can help reduce stress and allow you to focus.

Decluttering your home can be a great way to help you add some extra space in your home, but did you ever think about some other benefits of decluttering your home? As a mom, taking care of the home can be very hectic and sometimes keeping up with clutter can be stressful. My children bring a lot of things home from school, from homework to projects. It is like the teachers say, “I don’t want my classroom cluttered so send the stuff home.” I mean geez every day my daughter has to clean out her backpack. Then you have the mailbox, magazines, and ads all piling up.

So one day I got tired of seeing clutter and said I am not going to wait so long and let stuff pile up before I start getting rid of it. Now I go through my mail immediately shred it and throw it away. This one simple task started making other tasks a lot simpler. We all can be tempted to hold on to things for sentimental reasons or because we think we need things when we don’t, but sometimes it is good to step back and note the deeper effects simple actions may have on our well being.

Now, we may not all agree on truly what clutter is. After all, “one man’s treasure is another man’s clutter.” Lol! One definition of clutter is defined as the following; “to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness .”

So here are a few benefits of decluttering your home:

1. Makes room to perform needed task

You ever notice how when the dishes are piled up in the sink and you are tired from a long day of work, caring for the kids, or what have you and you don’t want to make dinner.  Well keeping up with the dishes and keeping them stored will make you enjoy cooking more.

Another example, if you have a nice bicycle in your garage you could be using to get outdoors with your children that is lost in the garage, you will never get the opportunity to get out, enjoy the air, and lose some weight. So decluttering your home will allow you to perform needed as well as a healthier task more effectively.

2. Helps you breathe easier

Decluttering is literally good for your health because removing all the unwanted boxes and items that are piled up can get rid of dust particles and toxins from the air. Have you ever noticed how much dust is on top of those boxes in the garage? Some allergies can be caused by household dust and mold, so you are literally doing something great for your body.

3. May help you sleep easier

A study indicated that if you want to get a good nights sleep you want to ensure you have the following; fresh air; and a dark, quiet, and clean room. So if you are lying in bed staring at your dirty closet all night that maybe there may be a reason why.

Another study suggested that people who fell asleep in a cluttered room were at risk of developing hoarder disorder and more likely to have problems sleeping. Yikes! Some of those sleep problems may include trouble falling asleep and rest disturbances.

4. It can help with stress and anxiety

As things pile up in your home it makes it hard to complete a task by taking away your ability to focus. It also takes away from your ability to be more productive and creative. Having too many stimuli to focus on can leave you overwhelmed and cause you stress. By decluttering your home you can alleviate some stress.

5. It can give you time for others

I like to spend a lot of time with my husband and my kids, so if anything unuseful gets in the way that is pretty stressful for me. A cluttered home is not only bad for your health and stressful it takes time from the ones you love.

Think about it?

We slave away in the kitchen cooking and cleaning and it leaves us little time to spend with our husband, our kids, or our friends and family. But, by decluttering and organizing your home you will have more time to play some games with your kids or plan a date night with your husband.

Here are some tips to start decluttering your home:

  1. Start with your bedroom closet. Get rid of clothes you don’t wear anymore. I have a rule if I didn’t wear you 2 years in a row..you got to go! Get rid of torn clothes and donate clothes in good shape. We have donation bins around that you can put clothes in near drug stores and grocery stores which makes it so easy. You can have a garage sale to get rid of a lot of things. If you need help offer friends or family a chance to get rid of their things too.
  2. Get rid of everything (and I mean everything) that is broken and not working. I recently had my children go through their closet to get rid of broken toys. This has to be done often. Kids can be just as sentimental as adults and try to hold on to old toys.
  3. Get rid of files and documents you don’t need and organize the ones you do. Go through files and documents to see what is important and shred things you don’t need to be safe. Organize your legal documents and file them for easy access when needed.
  4. Go to the garage and get rid of unused holiday items. Throw out broken Christmas lights, old cards, and unused wrapping paper. Donate old Halloween costumes.
  5. Clean out unused items in the kitchen. Clear out the kitchen spice cabinet and get rid of old spices. Get rid of plastic storage containers with stains or missing lids.

Starting one of these tasks may take some motivation but making even one change will make you feel different and a much better. Take your time and do a little bit at a time so you don’t get too overwhelmed where you can’t finish. As always remember the bigger picture, not only are you doing something that will benefit your health in many ways, you are teaching your children great habits for their future. Also, don’t do it yourself. Have your children get involved, after all, some of that clutter is theirs.

Do you find yourself living in clutter and don’t know how to start? Were any of these tips useful to you? I would love to hear your experiences!

Drop a comment below or give me some feedback. Thanks for reading!

 

 

10 thoughts on “Benefits of Decluttering Your Home – 5 Tips to Get Started”

  1. Great tips! My daughter just had a baby a few months ago. Funny thing is she moved about the same time, so the declutter happened anyway. But I agree that really helps on all scales. Scary that the more cluttered you are the more apt to be a hoarder lol.
    Thanks for the information!

    1. Hi Cristy,
      Yeah, that is scary. I know someone who is a hoarder and it is really bad. That was a big motivation for me, I didn’t want to become a hoarder. At least now we know a way to possibly prevent it. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hi Melissa,

    I totally agree with you on everything here. I am bad about waiting too long to tackle clutter. I love how good it feels to get things cleaned up but then they immediately start to slide back downhill it seems.

    We recently had to move on fairly short notice (it was about 2 months from the time we learned we needed to move to finding, buying and moving in to our new place). This was a big deal since I had been in the old house for over 10 years! My husband had been there for 8 of those 10 years. We live in Alaska so we have lots of stuff like kayaks, skis, snowshoes, winter clothes, car batteries, battery chargers, sets of winter and summer tires for both vehicles, tools, tons of extra food and supplies (it is no joke here when there is a natural disaster and it is below zero). We also have tons of books from both of our college time and childhood things etc. We also have pets, plants, lots of kitchen stuff since we love to cook. It just goes on and on and on as you know!

    We had roommates to help afford rent in the past and all those roommates seemed to leave junk as well!

    It was an incredibly monumental effort for both of us to work full-time jobs while buying a 4-plex, packing and moving our whole life to another community 20 miles away from all in 2 months! I have auto-immune health issues as well so I have trouble with my knees and hips and so much more.

    I will always remember this when I start to accumulate too much stuff in the future! I don’t want to be in that position again.

    My husband works a very stressful job and we both need stress relief since I need it for my health too. You are right. Decluttering really helps with stress! I don’t know exactly how it works but I guess our brains just like order so they feel more relaxed when everything is in place.

    1. Hi Jessica,
      I had a very similar example happen to me and my family. We had an opportunity to move into a home in a better area but we had to move in a few days. It was very hard to pack a house of 6 in a few days. We had lots of kids toys(some broken), books, clothes. It was so overwhelming. I too did not want to have to move like that every again. When you keep ahead of things you are much more relaxed and less stressed. My dream is to move to Alaska. Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. We went through a decluttering minimalist phase last year after researching Marie Kondos book. It really was life-changing. We don’t keep any broken toys, keep only one load of clothes per person, only enough dishes for our family to have one plate, one bowl, etc. I find I don’t have dishes piling up since we have so few 😉
    Clutter really gets my mood down so I know if I’m in a funk I need to do a quick tidy up/clean.

    Great tips and article!!

    1. Hi Ginger,
      I have to look up that book. That is great! I understand because clutter does bring down your mood. Thanks for sharing your experience it is very motivating for others!

  4. I can’t agree more! Clutter causes stress, annoyances and makes every little task seem really difficult. I had no idea there was this much benefits just from tidying up. I like how you mentioned the benefits and then proceeded to show us how to declutter our home, the right way. This makes it easier for everyone to understand the process, so I thank you for that. I’m going to send this article to all my friends right now. Cheers 🙂

    1. Thank you, Brandon! We all can learn a little more every day. Thanks for commenting and sharing. I hope this article is beneficial to your friends! 🙂

  5. Hi Melissa,

    I definitely agree with everything you said. I am a neat-freak and I want everything neat, clean and organized because it makes our home more spacious and it’s so much easier to search for things when I need them. It frustrates me the most to search for something and I couldn’t find it because the room is packed with so much stuff. I struggle a little bit with getting rid of my old clothes but I’m getting there.

    Thanks, very helpful article indeed!

    1. Hi Alice,
      I think clothes are my hardest struggle too. I had a hard time getting rid of my children’s baby clothes, they are just so darn cute 😀 Lol. But donating them helps because I know they are going to help those in need. Thanks for sharing!

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