We all have a little bit of clutter. Especially if we have a young family. The longer we live in a home, the more we collect, and it can be hard to part with individual items. However, there is some truth that clutter can drain you of energy. After a hard day at work, sitting in a lounge full of children’s toys, or going to a bedroom full of washing piles, makes you feel on edge. This is not a feeling we want when trying to relax.
Clutter doesn’t add value to your life, and by removing it, you will relieve stress. You’ll also find your whole home feels lighter and airier.
There is a basic rule applied by professional declutterers – there is such a thing, by the way – it’s called the 80/20 rule. The thought behind this is that we only use 20 percent of our clutter, 80 percent of the time. So decluttering means getting rid of anything that doesn’t fall into this rule.
That can seem quite daunting, but the critical thing to remember is you don’t need to get rid of sentimental items that you have a real emotional connection to. Some experts say you should hold something in your hands and if you don’t feel a personal connection, it shouldn’t be in your home.
The bedroom is a great place to start. This room needs to be set up as a tranquil retreat so you can get the maximum amount of sleep. No matter how many minutes of Calm app you listen to, if your room is full of exposed clutter, you will never fully relax. Once you have gone through your clutter, you should invest in a custom-built closet. These are innovative solutions that fit your room perfectly to maximize space. You could also take on your own DIY project and build your own unit. Clutter, mainly clothes can attract moths and dust mites, so check out these tips for keeping your custom closets pest-free. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it feels to breathe in your room once you have finished tidying and given everything a thorough clean!
Your lounge is another area that will have collected plenty of clutter over the years. Especially books, CDs and DVDs. Use the emotional connection technique to work out what should stay and what could be taken to a thrift shop or sold online. It can be quite addictive when you see some money come back in from stuff lying about your house, so use that as an incentive. As the saying goes, one person’s waste is another’s gold.
Any money you make from decluttering can be used to make your home even more special. Or could be spent on building unforgettable memories with your family, such as a holiday or day trip to remember.
Decluttering our lives declutters our minds, and we should make regular commitments to clearing out the old and bringing in the new.