Do you feel like your mess is driving you crazy? If so, you’re not alone. Actually, there are a few reasons why you feel like that mess is messing with your entire life.
In this post, we’re going to explore exactly why you need to declutter your house for your own sanity.
So let’s dig in…
Decluttering is therapeutic
When you tidy up, you’re constantly using decision-making and problem-solving skills. So, if all you’ve done in a day is put away laundry and organize your pantry, you’ve been more productive than you think.
Organizing your home forces you to make quick decision about where everything should go. Maybe you spend a few minutes planning out your space and finding al the bins an hangers for everything, but then you get to work separating your stuff. You’ve got keep piles, discard piles and piles for every spot in your home.
So go ahead and turn up the music and get to decluttering. You’re using your brain more than you realize, and the end result will leave you feeling calmer, clearer and more focused.
An organized home promotes an organized mind
When you’re in a disorganized space, it’s natural for your mind to follow the same pattern. This can even lead to anxiety (or worsen anxiety).
In extreme cases, this presents as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). People with this condition may obsessively clean to promote a sense of inner calm.
But you don’t even need to think in extremes to understand this concept. Just think about how much more productive you are whenever your desk is clean and organized.
If you haven’t noticed, test it out. Try cleaning your desk after work today and see how that impacts your day tomorrow. You’ll likely start the day more clear-headed than the day before.
You’ll uncover precious memories
Remember that time you cleaned out your attic? You and your entire family laughed and cried the entire time as you searched through boxes of memories you forgot even existed. Sure, maybe you took one too many breaks to pour through the photo albums and reminisce about the family vacations and milestone events. But you got the job done.
And once you got into the groove of cleaning, it no longer seemed like work. The deeper you got into the process, the more you were all looking forward to see what was in the next box. This type of deep cleaning can be a great opportunity for family bonding.
You’ll make space for new things
Sometimes, we have to let go of the things that aren’t serving us to make space for new and exciting opportunities. And you can take this literally or figuratively. In reality, it’s a little from column A and a little from column B.
Here’s how it works…
You can clean out the garage to make space for that new 2019 Mazda CX-5 or you can clean out a spare room in preparation for your future child.
Whether you realize it or not, you have some emotional attachment to everything you own. And every space in your home takes up space in your mind. So it doesn’t matter whether the thing you want is coming tomorrow or at some future date, you’ll be one step closer to having it if you’ve made room for it in your life.
Most people don’t think of cleaning as fun, but with some simple mental shifts, you can see that there are clear benefits. And when you focus on the outcomes instead of the chores, decluttering becomes the natural choice to elevate your sanity and improve your life.