Last fall I did a four week decluttering challenge where I purged our house of over 168 things! I’ve always been more of a “stuff” person, so this was kind of a big deal to me. And while it felt like a big task in some ways (mostly because as I purged, I ended up reorganizing), I soon realized that there are a lot of benefits to living with less stuff. In fact, I loved the results so much that I’m hoping to do another big purging session this spring!
Here are the things that motivate me to declutter.
7 Reason to Declutter and Live with Less
1. Saves Time
I’ve become increasingly aware of how much time we waste because of all of our stuff. The more stuff you have, the more maintenance you have, the more time it takes to clean and organize and the easier it is to misplace something. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather use my time for things that I actually enjoy!
2. Easier to Be Organized
You know the saying, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”? Well, if you have a ton of stuff, it’s really hard to do that and you end up losing things, wasting time looking for things and buying things that you really don’t need because you can’t find the one you already own. I’m finding that the less I have, the easier it is to stay organized. I know, that is kind of obvious. But really, I truly didn’t realize how much of a difference it makes!
There is something about having lots of stuff that just zaps the energy right out of you. Everywhere you look you see something that needs to be put away or that needs to be fixed or folded or whatever. It’s much easier to manage and take care of just a few things. Plus, visual clutter is just tiring. There is something about clean, open spaces that are refreshing and energizing!