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If you’re thinking about decluttering your home and looking for a little motivation to get started, check out these 19 awesome benefits you can gain from decluttering your home.
1. You’re likely to become naturally cleaner.
As you learn to keep your place routiney decluttered, you’ll eventually become tidier. This is typically due to having less to work around, clean, and organize.
It’s also easier to see and handle messes as they occur, and most people find it motivating as they experience faster cleaning.
2. Cleaning becomes easier in general.
When you declutter your home and continue to keep at it as needed, you’re likely to notice a change in how much effort you need to put into cleaning and tidying.
General cleaning will most likely continue to get easier the more you declutter since there’s usually less to clean up, work around, or get distracted when there’s less clutter.
3. It can free up room space as well as headspace.
Less clutter can reduce visual overstimulation, which can mean less stress while promoting a more relaxed, productive, and inviting environment.
If you’re someone who has ADHD or is otherwise neurodiverse, like me, then you might find this particularly useful for times when you might feel overstimulated or become easily distracted.
4. It’s easier to stay organized and manage your home.
It usually becomes easier to stay organized and manage your home when you don’t have a ton of clutter or items you no longer need to contend with in general.
Again, this is another bonus if you’re easily distracted and find it hard to wrangle your stuff, especially if you’re neurodiverse, have ADHD, etc.
Psst… Can’t seem to get organized? Check out our post on 18 Critical Signs It’s Time to Declutter Your Home next for more insight and tips (new tab).
5. You may start to embrace better spending habits.
When you begin to declutter and see the amount of stuff you maybe thought you once needed but didn’t in the long run, you’ll probably start to get a better feel of your spending habits.
As a result, you’ll be more likely to consider what you spend your money with more thought before diving head-first into the impulse buying trap.
6. You’re more likely to become more productive and proactive.
One of the more significant benefits people tend to experience when they start decluttering their homes is gaining a sense of productivity and proactiveness.
Increased productivity and proactiveness typically start after decluttering due to the more inviting and relaxing home, fewer distractions, and a better-looking environment due to having less clutter.
7. A less cluttered space naturally feels more inviting and relaxing.
Having less clutter in your home can often result in an environment that’s more inviting and relaxing.
And as you get rid of what no longer serves you while keeping onto the things you do, you start to create an environment that feels calming or relatable.
This is opposed to an environment that might’ve been teeming with things you may no longer even have an interest in but, perhaps, felt obligated to keep.
8. A room tends to look better with less clutter.
Homes or rooms with less stuff tend to look better than ones that have too many things.
Having too many items in a space can lead to overstimulation and may sometimes feel claustrophobic or overwhelming to some people.
9. You start to feel more liberated.
You may feel somewhat liberated as you start to get rid of unnecessary clutter due to less stimulation and stress.
A more positive feeling after doing a good decluttering can also be the result of having fewer items to think about, clean around, pick up, organize, move, or deal with in general.
Note: I personally feel lighter and happier in the cozy room that I rent because it was easy to clean and had items I loved looking at or using, thanks to having less clutter.
10. You may become happier and more content.
Your environment may become more suited to your needs and liking, increasing your sense of happiness and contentment.
This can be more so as you hold onto the items that make you happy, find useful, or that you consider interesting rather than keep them due to feeling obligated or the occasional nostalgia.
The space soon becomes more of a reflection of you and others within your household that can create a sense of joy, even if subconsciously.
11. It becomes faster to clean.
The fewer items you have sitting around or tucked away, the faster it will be to clean your home or room.
This includes items that you may have stored or hidden away, out of sight and out of mind, since those areas sometimes need reorganizing or cleaning.
12. You can sometimes save money.
While it’s natural for people to think of decluttering items as wasting money, having too much clutter can mean wasting it in the long run.
Hidden costs can often crop up with having too much clutter in some of the following ways.
Hidden Costs of Clutter
13. Less means more.
With fewer items taking up space, you’re likely to experience a better sense of less being more.
This can be more so as you experience how easier and faster cleaning becomes — not to mention how much more productive or even pampered you feel with your newly decluttered and tidied space.
You’ll also likely see the incentive to keep up on decluttering in order to maintain the benefits of a more decluttered home.
14. What you aim to become consistent with eventually turns into a habit.
The more consistent you are with decluttering, the more of a habit it becomes.
It’s also common and natural in today’s society for most people to buy or accumulate more stuff that can add up over time.
Therefore, try to stay consistent with decluttering by setting a schedule or routine for yourself.
This might mean decluttering hot spot areas such as the fridge, pantry, or living room. It may also mean routinely decluttering your home every quarter or bi-quarterly to keep things under control.
15. Spot messes more easily with fewer distractions.
You and others will be more likely to spot messes with fewer distractions when there’s less clutter in the space.
If you have a lot of items sitting out in the kitchen, try decluttering things as much as possible, only keeping out what makes sense by trying some of the following.
Decluttered Kitchen Example
A decluttered kitchen not only tends to look and feel better, but it’ll likely be a whole lot faster and easier to clean and keep organized.
16. You can focus on more important things.
Less clutter makes it easier to focus on more important or necessary tasks. Much of this is due to having fewer visual distractions and less visual overstimulation, which can also mean less stress.
This can be great for those who work from home or in areas where you may need to study or work on other important tasks.
17. You learn more about yourself.
You can learn more about yourself and your interests, including what brings you joy, when you declutter and remove items that no longer serve you.
Therefore, aim to keep what brings you joy or that you find useful and get rid of, donate, sell, or giveaway items that you don’t need, use, or no longer find interesting.
18. It’s a natural way to practice Gratitude.
As you purge what you no longer need or have an interest in, you’re more likely to appreciate what you have or decide to keep.
Note the Positives
Because the goal is to keep what you enjoy or find beneficial while getting rid of what doesn’t, you’ll eventually surround yourself with the things you like while naturally eliminating what you don’t.
You can also gain a sense of Gratitude when you start to see how we often don’t need as much as we think we do, particularly when it comes to material items or potential impulse purchases that often don’t work out in the long run.
19. You start to feel less stressed.
As mentioned with some of the previous benefits, when there’s less visual stimulation in the environment, you’re more likely to feel less stressed.
Stress can sometimes sneak up on us, even subconsciously and more as a physical reaction when we’re in an overstimulating or cluttered environment.
When In Doubt, Copy the Pros
This tends to be why people feel more relaxed and even happier when they stay at a nice hotel or B&B or see a model home or design space in a magazine.
It’s because there’s no clutter — just the essentials and select items strategically placed throughout.
In this post, we cover 19 awesome benefits that you can gain from taking the time to declutter your home, room, dorm, office, and other spaces.
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Psst… Feeling ready to do your own clutter purgefest? Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Decluttering Checklist for items that you can start tackling, whether room-by-room or all at once.
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