A decade ago, I lived in a constant state of stress and exhaustion. I felt trapped … but this changed when I learned about decluttering—a powerful tool that empowered me to reclaim my home and life.
If you can relate to my feelings of overwhelm, then I invite you to learn more about the benefits of decluttering. There are so many: from the practical, everyday things that make life easier, to the life-changing way it can alter your view of the world (and yourself).
If you need the motivation to declutter your home and life, keep reading for inspiration—as well as decluttering tips and resources to help you get started.
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What Are the Benefits of Decluttering?
A DECLUTTERED HOME IS EASIER TO CLEAN
This is an obvious benefit of decluttering… when there’s less stuff in your home, it’s easier to keep it clean! Everything from vacuuming to dusting to laundry—it’s all easier to do when there is less stuff to deal with.
For more on what this looks like in real life, be sure to check out my minimalist cleaning routine.
DECLUTTERING HELPS YOU FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
There’s no denying that when your home and life are cluttered, you’re more likely to feel overwhelmed. More stuff equals more demands on your attention (everything from laundry to errands) and it’s difficult to focus because you feel pulled in all directions.
You’re busy and stuff gets done … but at the end of the day, you’re not satisfied. You go to sleep wondering why there’s never enough time for the things that matter—things like real conversations with your husband, cuddles with the kids, or a few minutes with a good book.
You think the problem is not enough time but in reality, what you probably need is more focus. If you weren’t constantly tripping over toys and putting out proverbial fires, you’d have the mental space you need to recognise and act on your priorities. This is how decluttering helps you focus on what matters.
SAVE TIME AND MONEY
When you declutter you spend less time caring, cleaning and searching for your stuff. (Let’s be honest … when you own a lot, odds are that you spend a lot of time trying to find missing things!)
You also save money—you’re not accidentally buying duplicates (because you either can’t find or remember what you already own) and you’re not spending money on storage either.
RELATED POST: How Minimalism Helped Me Become Debt Free
LESS STUFF, LESS STRESS
When you look around your home and it’s cluttered, what are you really seeing?
Odds are, it’s a lot of stuff that you don’t know what to do with. There are random cords that you *might* need someday (although you’re not sure what for) and there’s an old dress with the tags still attached—and you’re certain it will be worth something if you ever get around to selling it.
Sound familiar? If so, whether you realise it or not, these unmade decisions are weighing you down.
Sure, they might be small—but think about how much unnecessary stuff you own. You can hide it in the back of your closet but it’s still in the back of your mind and undoubtedly, it’s causing you stress.
Decluttering is a tool that will help you ease that stress by creating physical AND mental space.
DECLUTTERING CREATES CONFIDENCE
One of the surprising benefits of decluttering is that it leads to more self-confidence.
Here’s the thing—whether we want to acknowledge it or not, we tend to buy, keep, and do things because of the stories we tell ourselves. Your old college textbooks might make you feel intelligent, a designer handbag might make you feel successful, and going to happy hour every Friday night might make you feel well-liked.
These stories can make it difficult to let go. After all, what will happen when we don’t have “stuff” to prove our self-worth?
It’s scary but I’ve learned that when you find the courage to declutter your life, you stop being defined by what you own and what you do. You’re forced to present your true self to the world and this, in turn, creates self-confidence.
You feel empowered to live freely and authentically, without hiding behind a mask of clutter.
LEARN TO MAKE INTENTIONAL CHOICES
Finally, decluttering teaches you to think intentionally about how you make choices.
Think about the decluttering process—you go through everything you own and systematically, decide what’s worth keeping. You’ll probably ask yourself questions like:
- Why do I own this?
- How is this adding value to my life?
- Why should I keep this?
Do this over and over and I promise, you’ll start applying this mindset to all areas of your life. Everything from your schedule, to your spending and even your relationships—what’s adding value and what’s not?
You’ll start to see everything with new eyes and this is when the magic starts to happen!
RELATED POST: Decluttering: How to Decide What to Keep?
Can Decluttering Change Your Life?
Hopefully, this list has convinced you that decluttering can absolutely change your life.
The simple act of letting go is about so much more than just “getting rid of old stuff”—you’re also letting go of fears, expectations and insecurities. You’re creating freedom, learning new ways of thinking, and essentially reclaiming your life.
If you’re still not convinced, I’ve written extensively about my own journey from shopaholic to minimalist. Here are a few personal posts you might enjoy:
- How I Became a Minimalist: My Story of Living with Less
- Minimalism Before And After: How It Changed My Life
- How Minimalism Saves Money and Improved My Financial Life
- How Minimalism Has Influenced My Career
How to Get Started With Decluttering
Are you ready to get started with decluttering? If so, I invite you to download a copy of Mindful Decluttering, my step-by-step decluttering guide and workbook.
Simply subscribe using the form below for your free copy—and as an added bonus you’ll also get regular newsletters with more decluttering tips, resources and inspiration.
If you want even more decluttering support, then I invite you to check out my signature program, Clear Your Clutter. I’ll teach you how to overcome your toughest decluttering challenges, so you can finally find the freedom and ease you know you deserve.
This course has absolutely been a game-changer for me.
I love Jennifer’s personal stories and simple approach. I had so many “aha” moments when taking this course, and I have finally been able to make progress decluttering my stickiest clutter and making purchases that I don’t regret later.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has encountered stumbling blocks on their minimalism journey. Thanks to Jennifer, I can now say “I AM a minimalist!”
– Lynne B, Clear Your Clutter student
What benefits of decluttering have you experienced in your life? Or if you’re new to decluttering, what are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments! x