The Hidden Benefits of Decluttering Your Home

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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.

Organizational Skills

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

Reader Questions:

  1. How often do you declutter your home?
  2. Have you been able to take advantage of these other benefits by decluttering?
  3. Do you have any painful memories of clutter to reflect on when considering a purchase?

Comments

  1. JMD says

    One of the benefits that I have gained as I continue my decluttering efforts has been that I can find what I am looking for a lot faster. My daughter came over yesterday and I showed her another box I had filled ready to go to charity and she became very upset. After talking to her for a while I find out what the problem was and I was a bit shocked at her impression of my efforts to streamline our lives.

    Seems that it has made her sad that I am getting rid of so many things and she felt that I must think I am going to die. I told her that I didn’t have any inside information on when I was going to die and that I just don’t need so many things. I explained that I would rather have less and really love it than have more and it was just so so. I am not sure she really understands at 30 years old that enough is enough. Sometimes enough is too much.

    • says

      There is definitely a benefit in regards to saving time!

      I’m sorry to hear that your daughter was so affected by your efforts; but I’m glad that you got a chance to talk with her.

  2. says

    I like it, Khaleef. I don’t know if I always like to do it, but I like the suggestions.

    I tend to remove clutter towards the end of the year. It’s a reflective time for me anyway with the new year resolutions staring at me. It’s also when we brave the attic and storage areas to take out and put back up all of the Christmas decorations.

    The rest of the year it is pretty much out of sight, out of mind. While we do have the occasional yard sale, most of the items of any value get donated to charity. As an accountant, I guess that makes the end of the year another ideal time to go through the clutter.

    Since I just went through this process a few weeks ago, this post isn’t as painful as it might have otherwise been. Keep the suggestions coming, Khaleef.

    • says

      I’m glad that your recent decluttering efforts made this post easier to bear! Hahaha!

      It makes sense to combine these efforts with other tasks – such as pulling out decorations, or changing out the clothes in your closest!

  3. says

    Khaleef,

    I feel the most benefits in my internal mental state after my space decluttered. In other words I feel more productive when I’m not distracted mentally and physically by the “stuff” around me.

  4. JMD says

    Khaleef,

    Thanks for the input regarding my daughter. I still feel bad that she was so upset. She started crying. I really am at a loss…I told her they just things. Not where my eyes are fixed…on God and His Kingdom. I am hoping after she has time to reflect that she doesn’t see it as depressing as she feels it is now.

    • says

      I think it can be hard to see someone act in a way that is not normal in this world’s eyes. We tend to think up a lot of different reasons why they are acting in this way. If she sees that this is tied to the fact that you are storing up treasures in heaven, then hopefully, she will begin to the value in what you are doing. I will be praying for both of you!

  5. says

    This is a great blog! Probably one of the most excellent I’ve read so far!

    For most of us, when we live in clutter we feel lazy and idle
    for no reason at all.
    Staring at the clutter is enough to make us wanna go back to bed
    and sleep some more.
    We don’t feel like doing anything when the house is a mess,
    thus we become unproductive.

  6. says

    When it comes to the benefits of de-cluttering your home nothing makes me happier than saving money while doing so. Did you know you could be throwing away or donating items that you could deduct on your taxes? I sure didn’t know this until I received “MONEY For Your Used Clothing,” a tax valuation booklet that lists the values of over 1,200 used clothing and household items that you can deduct from your taxes and what they would be worth! This is not only helpful, but it also protects you against any penalties if they were to arise. Also, this book guarantees you save at least $250 on your income taxes or your money back! How amazing it feels to get organized, save money and donate all at the same time! I hope this book helps someone out there looking to de-clutter their lives and save money like it did for me.

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