Yesterday I listened to one decluttering podcast and it set me off. I was suddenly on a mission, to declutter something in the spare hour I had before I needed to collect the boys from school. Sure, I had other stuff I could have been doing, but I just got the urge and when you got it, you gotta go with it!
It wasn’t even a good podcast, it was an over excited stumbling lady from 2016. I don’t even know how I ended up listening to it…
Anyway, I ripped my office apart, my linen cupboard and a little hiding spot I keep unused homewares.
I put all of the excess stuff on a local Facebook Things For Free page. I didn’t want to make $$, I just wanted someone else to have it all because it was still good stuff. And it all went in about 20 minutes! I left piles of stuff at my front door and people collected over the course of the afternoon.
I then had a mountain of rubbish. Bin day was not going to cut it, so as soon as my big kid came home from school I said let’s go to the tip. Our garbage tip is a 10 minute drive away so it’s super easy to do that job. My eldest kid is 16 and a half and bigger than me, so I love having him around – he will do any job I ask him! I also took the chance to whizz around the house and grab anything else I knew could go to the tip. $13 later and a 30 min round trip we were done!
Here are some reasons WHY YOU SHOULD DECLUTTER…
People feel more anxious and more stressed when they think their home isn’t clean or neat enough. I know what that feels like! But when I’ve had a good clean and good tidy (throwing some things out along the way), I feel a little bit of calmness come over me. Less stress is good… If the space we live, eat and sleep in is tidy and not full of stuff, we make way for the good vibes to flow.
“When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.” – source. So a clear space, leads to a clear mind. That’s a definite bonus for editing your home.
Dust lands on all the extra items lying around our homes. Yucky dust particles containing pollen, skin, dog germs and even fecal matter can live with all that dust. Shudder. It just means more cleaning for you! Time to think about editing some things out of your home??
Don’t waste time on stuff
Spend your time with the people you love, not cleaning and worrying about tidying all the time. Edit out all the unnecessary things in your home once and for all, so you can spend your time doing more activities outside, or catching up with friends or working on your hobby.
Clutter blocks abundance
I am pretty good at balancing new stuff in with old stuff out. I don’t continually add news things in to my home unless I have already edited items out. It’s the same with food. I don’t stockpile things. I buy as I need it, we eat it and then we start again. Clutter is also a way of avoiding our feelings. We wrap ourselves in things which makes us feel better for a moment, but it’s only adding to the problem as we become surrounded by too many things. How are we supposed to welcome abundance in to our homes and lives when we block it with clutter? Abundance can mean many things, but for example, we might be thinking of money… do you have unopened bills, no idea where your accounts are up to?? Then getting on top of this clutter paves the way for abundance to be welcomed in to your home.
Every time you clean your home you are removing negative energy. Cleaning your home or workspace will make it lighter and more positive. This is a result of organising, ridding yourself of things you no longer need and removing toxic items from your environment. Just opening windows brings in fresh, positive energy. I am also a big fan of smudging my home with white sage to clear energy. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response.
If you feel the urge to delcutter you need to move fast. Don’t overthink it! I feel heaps better and lighter now. I went to bed thinking well that was a productive day!