Decluttering: how it benefits more than just your home
We all need a good sort out once in a while. Over the years, our homes accumulate lots of different items that we simply don’t need or no longer use. But the actual act of decluttering can seem like an overwhelming task and the longer we put it off, the fuller that one kitchen drawer full of random items gets (you know the one). With Tidying Up with Marie Kondo proving a huge success on Netflix, we thought we would look at her method of decluttering and how it can benefit you and your home.
When decluttering the Kondo way, you “keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy.” You are encouraged to thank the item for its service, and then let it go. This simple yet profound philosophy is what makes her method of tidying so unique and known all over the world. We love that the focus on being mindful, introspective, and forward looking takes away the stress involved in decluttering and makes it feel like a calm and therapeutic process. You can read more about her tidying method in her book The Life changing Magic of Tidying Up.
But it’s not just the process of tidying that can be relaxing, living in a tidy, uncluttered space can have a positive impact on your mental health. Dr Laura L. Ciel told Live Strong that “when you hold on to things, they create weight in your life. One of the best actions you can take is to mindfully lose some of this energetic weight. Letting go of those things that no longer serve you frees up space emotionally and physically, which means you create a greater sense of freedom for yourself.” It can also help you to feel a greater sense of control over your life and allow you to get in touch with you values and goals. According to Certified Professional Organizer Denise B. Lee, when you start refining your possessions to include only those that reflect who you are or who you want to be, you take a step towards finding the real you.
Plus, from a purely practical point of view, having too much unorganised clutter can make it difficult to find items that you are looking for, like important paperwork for example. This creates a stressful situation which we know is bad for our mental health and sleep quality.
In short, decluttering your home can do wonders for your mental health by allowing you to create a sense of freedom, gain more control over your life, and hold possessions that reflect your goals and values, which will in turn have a positive impact on your sleep health. Once you’ve had a good clear out, you can help others by taking your unwanted items to local charity shops or shelters. So not only will you feel good from having a more positive outlook and sleeping better, you’ll be doing good too.