Learn why decluttering is actually a form of self-care. You may never have thought of decluttering in such a nurturing, positive way. This article will inspire you to shift your thinking and embrace the joy that a decluttered space brings to your life, the calm you’ll feel, and it may also even boost your self-confidence.
If you don’t like to declutter, you’re not alone. You have important things to do, most of which are time-sensitive and need to be done right away (like your taxes!). Cleaning out clutter isn’t urgent. If you don’t get to it, nothing horrific will happen. So it continues staying at the bottom of your list.
In my house, I used to procrastinate getting rid of the clutter. I knew I’d get to it…eventually.
Then I had kids. And the clutter grew and grew.
As a new Mom, people loved giving me their old things — for free! The stuff kept accumulating, from toys, to clothing, to books, whatever they had. My friends kept dropping their treasures off, whether I wanted them or not.
Between juggling small kids and all the stuff in the house, I felt overwhelmed. At the time, I was too shy to ask my friends NOT to give me their old things.
The Relief of Getting Rid of Things
After living with the clutter for about a year, I finally did something about it. I simply got a few boxes of stuff together, called a charity, and scheduled them to come pick it all up. Pretty cool that I didn’t even have to leave the house, right?
Solving the clutter problem (or at least reducing it) was so easy, I couldn’t believe it had taken me so long.
(Read this for step-by-step instructions on how to get rid of clutter.)
I felt like a different person. My house was no longer a storage unit for the
junk re-purposed treasures my friends couldn’t bear to throw out themselves.
I had a huge sense of sense of relief. My confidence in myself grew and I felt happier and more in control of my life. My house looked better and I felt calmer.
Clutter Destroys Your Sense of Peace
After this experience, I learned that decluttering isn’t only a “good” thing to do.
When you have clutter in your life (physical or mental!), it detracts from your overall well-being. The piles of stuff in your home make you feel defeated and anxious. When you look around and see all the clutter around you, even if you don’t realize it, it affects your sense of peace and contentment.
The problem with clutter is that we get used to it. Since we’re so accustomed to the piles of stuff laying around that we think we don’t notice them and (mistakenly) believe it’s not causing us any problems.
Decluttering for Self-Care
But that’s where we’re wrong. On a subconscious level, we do notice the clutter and it affects our ability to relax and enjoy life. The clutter also destroys our self-confidence. On a subconscious level, we may feel that if we can’t even fix our surroundings, how can we achieve anything important in life?
When you get rid of those piles of junk, you will feel an incredible sense of relief.
Getting rid of the pounds of clutter will make you feel like the clutter has left your shoulders, where you were carrying them as a burden (and you may not even have noticed). You’ll feel lighter, happier, and more powerful, too. It will remind you that you can get things done. You can take care of your house and your belongings. You can do anything you want to do.
Go ahead, throw some things in a few boxes and call a charity to pick them up. You’ll feel like a million bucks, and that’s what self-care is all about.
If you need some help decluttering, I created a free printable for you that will help you keep the clutter out of your home. The secret to clutter is to keep working on it, just a little bit, all the time. This will help keep your house looking cleaner. Most importantly, though, it’ll give you the confidence and self-care that you need to do BIG things.
To get the free downloadable resource, click here.
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