Mindful Decluttering & Organising website, https://clutterfreenow.com, recently posted about the simple reasons why getting rid of the things we no longer use can make us feel great.
The festive season is often one of the biggest times of year for accumulating a lot of items we are likely to put aside and barely use. With this thought in mind, we delve into why many people are discovering the joy of having less, and ensuring that what they do have brings them joy & satisfaction.
As we go about our busy lives, it can be easy to accumulate things without noticing the extent of which we are storing away in our home, garage or office. Sales at the local shops, buy-one-get-one-free deals, and freebies from friends or colleagues, all encourage us to have more and more.
But there is a shift happening, and people are beginning to realise that accumulating more doesn’t always make you happy. Quite the opposite, it can make you feel stressed and unorganised. Many people are experiencing the relief and satisfaction of letting go of their stuff and decluttering their lives.
Here are the 3 simple reasons why decluttering your home can make you feel great, according to the team at https://clutterfreenow.com.
1. Less Negative Energy; More Opportunities
Clutter has an impact on your energy – the layers of paraphernalia that accumulate over years of living or working in a space can weigh you down and keep you feeling stagnant and stuck.
Imagine that you are standing in a room in your home. Imagine a tiny thread, like spider silk, running from your body to every single item in the room. If the room is full of objects that no longer bring you joy, that’s a lot of energetic ties that don’t serve you! Can you feel their heaviness? In contrast, there are probably items in your home that make you feel buoyant and joyful. Those energetic ties are supportive and a benefit to have in your home.
When you release the objects that no longer bring you joy, all the energy that has been tied up in them for years is set free. It may feel strange at first, as you experience feelings of relief and lightness. All the energy you have released is now free to engage in new pursuits or simple to revel in the space you’ve created. No wonder it feels good! A surge of new energy and feelings of spaciousness and possibility are wonderful things.
2. Less Mental Work; More Ease and Calm
Having a lot of stuff in your home can take a toll on your mind. You may not be conscious of it all the time, but the more we own the more we have to maintain. Things break and need repairs, things get dusty and need cleaning, and very simply, things need a place to live in your home. It’s a lot for your mind to keep track of!
As you sit down in a room that feels cluttered, your mind is probably at work in the background, taking inventory of the things that need fixing or cleaning. Even if it’s subconscious, it’s a lot of mental work. This explains why trying to relax in a cluttered space can make you feel restless. Even a nice glass of wine or a good book usually can’t help to distract your mind from its to-do list!
When you declutter and let go of that which no longer serves you, it takes a load of responsibility off your mind. The less you have, the less there is to take care of. As you look around a decluttered room, your mind won’t have work to do; instead it can feel at ease and “put its feet up.” This helps make your home a place of true relaxation and calm.
3. Less Frustration; More Time!
Lastly, decluttering leads to more time. When your home is organised in a way that is intuitive and functional, you save time by finding what you need quickly and tidying efficiently. A decluttered and organised space also cuts down on ‘analysis paralysis’ (otherwise known as decision fatigue).
Analysis paralysis is that frustrating situation when you have so much to choose from that your mind freezes up! It’s especially difficult when your options don’t bring you joy. A classic example is opening up your closet, looking at all your clothes, and thinking, “I have nothing to wear.”
Analysis paralysis with clothes, books, or your to-do list can be a serious time suck. Letting go of the old cuts down on this paralysis, and organising what remains makes it easy for you to see and appreciate all your good options! Fewer items in your home also saves time because there is less to fix, clean, and arrange.
It’s so important to protect your time and make sure that your commitments align with your values and that you leave plenty of room for rest, exercise, and being out in nature.The decluttering process creates physical space and calendar space, and as a result it creates mental space.
The process of letting go can be daunting, especially if you live in a big home and have many years of mementos to go through. Items such as these can be uniquely challenging to let go.
If you feel overwhelmed, remember the old saying: it gets worse before it gets better. The process can look messy in the middle, but the outcome is well worth the effort! After decluttering and organising, you’ll be a living answer to the question people are asking the Internet: “Why does getting rid of stuff feels good!?”