As the New Year is in full swing, you may have made resolutions that include decluttering your home. This is one resolution that some allow to fall through the cracks, or if they do get to it, they wait until the annual ritual of Spring cleaning to get motivated (unless we are talking about disposing of unwanted Christmas gifts).
Although this may be tempting, there are several reasons why decluttering should not be put off:
Decluttering To Make Space
One of the consequences of living in a space over a long period of time is that we naturally accumulate a lot of items to fill the space and to enhance our quality of life while we are in the space. Most of the things that we buy sit around and collect dust, but instead of admitting their loss of value, we store them in an attic or garage, deluding ourselves that we’ll dust them off and get use out of them again.
This unhealthy cycle of accumulation and storage is usually one of the many considerations that people make use of to justify the need to get a bigger home – they need more space.
By decluttering and seeing all the available space that was not visible before, the person is better able to assess their need to move.
Decluttering To Make Money
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Selling items that you no longer need is a great way to benefit from decluttering. Depending on where you live, it may not be a great time for a garage sale, but utilizing sites like eBay (here’s a guide on how to sell on eBay) or Craigslist, or using a local consignment store, are great ways to profit from items you no longer need.
Decluttering To Help Evaluate Purchases
After going through all your possessions and separating which ones are still needed from those that are not, it is imperative that one takes inventory of the ones that will not be staying in the home. Do you regret spending your hard earned money on any of the items? Were any of the items frivolous purchases? Did you purchase any items too impulsively?
Use your answers to these questions to evaluate your future purchases. Stop wasting money I mean, pledge to be more responsible with your finances!
Decluttering To Build Discipline
The process of identifying and removing nonessential items can help to develop discipline in one’s life which can then be carried over to other areas.
Decluttering is not just getting rid of unnecessary items, but also finding a place for the necessary ones! By going through all your things, it gives you a chance to develop more efficient methods of storage and usage.
For example, my wife had a lot of belts taking up room in our closet. She gave away some, and instead of having the rest continue to take up unnecessary space, we hung up small hooks in an inconspicuous location in our bedroom for them instead.
Developing and Maintaining a Schedule
Once you go through this process, you will see the need to do this on a regular basis to make sure you do not accumulate more clutter down the line. This type of preparation and scheduling is relevant to additional situations in life where diligence and careful maintenance is required.
Editorial Note: I thought this post fit nicely with the one my wife wrote last week – how important is your stuff. It’s a theme we’ll be focusing on a little more at MH4C.
photo by smemon87
- How often do you declutter your home?
- Have you been able to take advantage of these other benefits by decluttering?
- Do you have any painful memories of clutter to reflect on when considering a purchase?