Ok, so you may have heard all about it, but why should you declutter your home?

Firstly, let’s get straight on what decluttering means. 

What decluttering means

Basically, decluttering is sorting out everything in your home, deciding whether to keep it or not based on some strict criteria, getting rid of everything you don’t want to keep and organising what you do want to keep. 

Easy huh? 

Well, no, not always.  Why?  Because so many of us hang on to so many things in our homes and just cannot bring ourselves to part with them. These items quickly and easily turn into ‘clutter’ which very subtly starts to take over our time, resources and finances making us stressed and miserable. 

One item on its own you could probably cope with but when you take into account the amount of clutter you have in your home. It is quite frightening when you really sit back and add up the amount of time we spend dealing with it, the money it costs and the stress it causes without realising it.

  • We spend inordinate amounts of time looking for lost items because they have been covered up or surrounded with other clutter
  • We lose bills amongst the clutter that need paying and we miss the payment deadline
  • We lose receipts amongst the clutter when we wanted to get a refund on an item
  • We trip over clutter and end up injuring ourselves
  • We can’t find space to do things we want such as exercise or playing with young children due to the amount of clutter taking up space

What is classified as clutter?   

Clutter is something that is: 

  • Broken
  • No longer used
  • Dated and/or obsolete
  • You hate or don’t really like
  • Doesn’t fit
  • Doesn’t work
  • Gives off negative vibes
  • You wouldn’t miss if you never saw it again

Top clutter found around the home: 

pile of clothes causing clutter around the home
  • Books and magazines
  • Clothes
  • Jewellery
  • Toys
  • Presents given to you that you have never used/liked    
  • Paperwork and bills     

Clutter is not something that:              

  • You love               
  • Makes you feel good      
  • Makes you money                    
  • Is a necessity in daily life               
  • You would cry over if it got stolen    

The benefits of decluttering your home

It takes time and courage to declutter your home and your life but believe me, it is well worth doing. I have never known something so completely therapeutic as having decluttered a room. It is also good fun as you can discover things you had forgotten all about which can make you laugh with the memories or find that earring that you thought had disappeared forever. 

You can make money by selling some of your junk items or helping others by donating to charity. You can cut down on your cleaning time and bring a whole fresh look and feel to your home.  So what have you been waiting for?     

And if you really don’t know where to start or can’t face the thought of doing it, hire a professional declutterer such as Hare To Organise. They can be worth their weight in gold!