7 Reasons Why Decluttering Is Important

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If you aren't into a minimalist lifestyle, you probably have some sort of clutter in your home. But do you wonder if there's a good reason to take all that time to declutter? Why not just leave it alone? Here are seven compelling reasons why you should start getting rid of clutter and organize your home right now.

You'll Have More Space

Sometimes clutter causes physical and mental obstructions and distractions. If you work from home, for example, it's tough to stay organized and on task when piles of stuff surround your work area. When you are living around too many things, you may then feel pressured to clean it up. Or, you'll feel guilty if you don't handle the mess. Clean up and your home will feel more spacious. You'll also gain more space in your brain because you won't have so many visual cues that prompt memories, guilt, anxiety, and stress that can drag you down.

You'll Appreciate What You Have

When you're more selective about what you like to have around you, you'll choose more wisely. As a result, you'll appreciate what you have instead of wanting to go out and find more things. When you stop looking for more things, you'll spend more quality time connecting with loved ones. You'll also spend more time on self-care, whether that means journaling, getting a massage, taking a walk in nature, or listening to music.

You'll Learn About Your Tastes

You may not even like the things you're holding on to anymore. But you'll never know unless you go through it all. Decluttering helps you to see clearly how your style and tastes have evolved. For example, when you declutter your closet, you'll be drawn to items you love to wear the most. The process will give you clues to what colors, patterns, and fabrics you now prefer. Once you understand what you like, you'll naturally become more decisive and waste little time selecting what you need or want in the future.

You'll Save Money

Seeking out sales, never passing by a bargain, and accepting free stuff can become addictive. It's also what fuels clutter. But living clutter-free can become addictive, too. As a result, you'll save money you would have spent on things you don't need. You'll save time that would have been spent hunting for free or nearly free things. Here are other ways you'll save money by ending the clutter:

  • You'll need to buy fewer storage bins.
  • You won't need to pay for a storage unit.
  • You won't need to buy a replacement for a misplaced item.
  • You'll organize paperwork and pay bills on time to reduce late fees.
  • You'll end food waste because you'll know what's in your pantry and refrigerator.

You'll Possibly Make Money

You can also make money by decluttering your closet. Selling unwanted clothing, household items, and even books can help you recoup your original investment. There are plenty of ways to sell your items:

  • Online apps and sites from Facebook Marketplace to Craigslist
  • Consignment stores in your neighborhood
  • Donate to charity (and claim a tax deduction)

Sell Your Home for More Money

If you're selling your home, strongly consider decluttering to get a better sale price. A cluttered home is much harder to sell. 

You'll Enjoy Cleaning

It's obvious that the less clutter you have, the less cleaning you have to do. But it goes further than that. You'll reduce the dust and dander in your home because you'll have fewer places for it all to gather and sink into. It's easier to clean a smooth and uncluttered surface than it is to clean the nooks and crannies of all the items you have stuffed and crumpled in corners and closets.

That Healthy Feeling

Clutter may worsen respiratory problems, such as asthma. But clutter can also simply dirty the air in your home. Once you declutter, you'll be able to breathe a lot easier.

You'll Finally Feel Free

Clutter can hold you back in many ways. For example, relocating becomes a logistical and costly problem when you have tons of stuff that you're emotionally tied to that needs transport. Even if you’re not planning to move, owning less stuff makes you feel free in your own home. You may feel more at ease doing the following things you couldn't do with clutter: