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Self-care is a term that you might have been hearing used a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic. At first, it might not seem like decluttering your home would have very much to do with self-care. But decluttering is important for self-care, as I am going to discuss here today.
What is Self-care Anyway?
If you had not heard the term until recently, self-care is any action that we take to protect and promote our own happiness and mental and physical health.
Self-care is not just about fun stuff like bubble baths and manicures, (although those are certainly ways you can take care of yourself!). Self-care also means doing things that enhance your life, well-being, health and/or satisfaction in less obvious ways (sometimes hard stuff or things you don’t even want to do)
Self-care, for example, can also mean getting your annual check up at the doctor. Or flossing your teeth every night, exercising even on days when you don’t feel like it, or going to bed on time instead of staying up to watch just one more episode of whatever show it trending on Netflix.
And sometimes self-care includes things, like decluttering, that you don’t really think of as self-care at all!
The Negative Impact Of Clutter on Your Life
Clutter can have a very negative impact on your life. How much is the clutter in your home stealing from you? Certainly lots of your time, space and energy. But it can also steal your peace of mind as well.
Clutter and stress
Too much “stuff” and clutter can cause a significant amount of stress in your life in a variety of ways. Here are a few examples:
- Keeping up with housework takes much more time, work and effort in a cluttered home
- More stuff means more stuff to make a mess with and more time and energy required to tidy those messes up
- It’s hard to keep track of what you own, causing you to spend a lot of time looking for things, or even rebuying items because you can’t find them!
- Feeling discontent with the state of your home can make hosting guests stressful and even embarrassing
Clutter and your well-being
Not only that but too much clutter can also change the way you feel in your home and the effect your home has on your well-being.
Clutter can often cause you to feel discontent and generally unhappy with your home. Most of us want our home to be a sanctuary we can retreat to and relax in. But a cluttered home makes that rest and relaxation difficult.
Not only are you bombarded by visual clutter, distractions and “stuff” all the time, which is hardly calming, too much stuff to deal with can also make you feel like your to-do list is never-ending. Or as though there’s always more to do to maintain your home, and you can’t keep up or catch up.
When a space is full of clutter and “stuff” it often doesn’t feel calm, relaxing or peaceful. And can even go as far as to add significant amounts of anxiety to your life.
Using Decluttering As a Form of Self-Care
There many practical benefits of decluttering, many of which I write about here often. For example, you’ll spend less time and energy cleaning and maintaining a tidy home. And you’ll likely lose your keys less!
But decluttering is important for self-care because there are many intangible benefits as well. Clearing the clutter can have a big positive impact on your overall health, happiness and well-being. And that is certainly something we all need more of.
Here are a few examples of the ways decluttering is important for self-care by improving your overall well-being and quality of life:
Clearing the clutter means you literally give yourself more space in your home. And more space means you create breathing room and white space in your home. Making rest and relaxation easier.
Not to mention, more space in your home can make you happier with your home.
Instead of feeling discontent with your home and wishing you had a bigger home, owning less may make you realize you don’t need a bigger home, just less stuff in it!
When you own less, you have less “stuff” to manage. You spend less time cleaning, tidying and taking care of the things you own, simply because there’s less of it.
Then as a result, you have more time for what matters most to you. It could be spending more time with the people you love. Having more time for an activity you love. Or more time for anything that’s important to you!
Whatever it is, once your home and the things you own require less of your time to maintain them, you have more time to spend on what you value most.
Just like less stuff means less time spent managing it, less stuff also means less energy is required to manage it. Then you have more energy and attention to devote to what matters most to you.
When you work hard to declutter your home, the last thing you want to do is fill it back up with more stuff. Choosing to own less usually leads to choosing to buy less, which can save you money! And anything we can do to alleviate stress around money is a great thing for our self-care.
Clearing the clutter means less of your mental capacity is taken up managing the “stuff” you own. You have less decision fatigue, simply because you own fewer things and have fewer things to decide about.
When your brain isn’t constantly being distracted by all the “stuff” and clutter surrounding you, you have more ability to focus and concentrate. Focus at home is a big concern for may these days as they are, as remote employees, trying to do their best work there every day. And clutter can make that hard.
Removing the physical clutter from your home can help clear the mental clutter as well, as your to-do list shrinks and the distractions lessen.
When your home requires less of your time and energy, maintaining your home is less stressful. Not only that, but your home is easier to keep tidy so you can rest, relax and enjoy your home more.
We often buy things to make life easier or more enjoyable. But too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.
Too much stuff stops making life easier and begins to add a burden to our lives. The more we own, the more we have to work to pay for, pick up, clean, maintain, organize, look for, repair, etc.
Decluttering and simplifying are not about depriving yourself of things you love or things that make life easier. Just the opposite in fact! Decluttering is about getting rid of the clutter, the excess and the distractions so you have more time, space, energy and freedom for what matters most to you in your life.
These are a few of the reasons why decluttering is important for self-care. If you’re struggling to get motivated to declutter, try reminding yourself that clearing the clutter is about so much more than a clean home. If you need help – especially if the idea of the project causes anxiety in itself – Just Organized By Taya can help.
Having a professional home organizer at your side when you are decluttering your home gives you a hardworking extra pair of hands for sure, but also an extra set of eyes, and a rational, impartial voice, that can help you make those tough should it stay or should it go decisions, dispose of unwanted items efficiently and more.
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