4 Incredible Ways to Benefit from Decluttering Today
A new season is here, and it may be time to dust off some cobwebs, roll up those sleeves, and do some serious downsizing of your possessions. While you may not be moving anytime soon, it is a good idea to think about regularly ridding your home of things you don’t need. While there are many things you can do to improve your happiness at home, dedicating a weekend to going through your stuff may do more good than you think. These are some reasons why you need to consider saying goodbye to the things you don’t need.
No wonder it is difficult to wind down when we feel like our belongings are getting out of hand. Studies have shown that physical clutter overwhelms our senses and thus stunts our ability to relax. After you are finished decluttering, you will find it easier to take a deep breath and truly rest in your nest.
Better Ability to Focus
Having trouble finding your keys? Unable to think straight when there are piles everywhere? Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute found in their report titled “Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex” that cluttered surroundings are a chaotic bed of distraction and may dampen your ability to process information correctly. In other words, clearing out some space in your home may actually help you think better.
Easier to clean
Getting rid of things you don’t need saves you time and energy when it is time for regular cleaning. With less stuff collecting dust, you will have an easier time keeping a tidy home.
Freedom to Move
Most people don’t realize how much stuff they have until they are loading up the truck. Stay ahead of the game and purge regularly ahead of time so you have one less thing to worry about once you decide to move. Believe us, you’ll be thanking yourself later.
Here’s how you start your minimizing:
Don’t be a Lone Wolf
Have at least one other person help you purge, whether it be a partner, friend or the whole family. Having another person can help you make judgements on whether or not to keep items. While you may think your prom dress from ‘82 is worth saving, your partner in crime may feel otherwise.
Toss, Donate, Keep, Sell
We’ve all seen Clean Sweep, and although your home may not be as much of a mess, dividing up your things into these four piles can help you stay organized. Make an appointment for a local donation truck to come by the day of your purge, and make sure to have plenty of trash bags handy. A yard sale on a sunny Saturday morning may be the perfect way to find a new home for outgrown children’s toys.
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