A cluttered space has the potential to cause stress, impact productivity and generally make household tasks much more difficult. One of the best times to declutter the home is once your kids have flown the nest. After all, what better time to reclaim the space now that you have the home back to yourself?
No matter how clean and organised your family have been, it’s very normal to accumulate a lot of stuff over time. Raising children can mean your own well-being and goals for your home are put on hold during this time. So, why not transform your house into what you’ve always wanted it to be, now you have the time and space to do so?
Here are just some of the benefits of decluttering your home:
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
A cluttered home wreaks havoc on the mind, over-whelming our already overloaded brains with too much sensory information. This can cause irritableness, increase stress levels and even make you feel ashamed or embarrassed about your home, when guests come round.
When you home is cluttered, your mind can become cluttered too. Not to mention the stress caused by being unable to locate something amongst the piles and piles of things you own. Start small by decluttering just one room – say, the living room, for example – and see just how much calmer you feel when you spend time in there in your newly decluttered space.
Improve Your Sleep
Just because you’ve got your eyes closed doesn’t mean that you’re suddenly blind to all the clutter surrounding you. All those clothes on the floor, the make-up products scattered all over the dresser… seeing these things right before you go to bed is not conducive to a good night’s sleep.
Your brain will be mentally processing all the external stimuli of the clutter, making it difficult to wind down and settle your mind, ready for sleep. Clear out your bedroom and see how easy it is to drift off without the clutter around you.
Boost Productivity and Creativity
A lot of people find it difficult to concentrate when surrounded by clutter, such as trying to work at a messy, disorganised desk. Excess things surrounding you can have a negative impact on your ability to focus. All the things around you will be competing for your attention, decreasing your productivity and increasing stress levels.
Without all that clutter, you should find your concentration levels increase. Not to mention, you’re certain to get a boost of creativity now that your head is cleared and you’re free to think about what you’re doing without being distracted by the things around you.
Discover Lost Treasures
If nothing else, decluttering your home is a way to rediscover all those ‘lost’ items you’ve given up looking for. This can not only boost your mood, but you may also find things that you were planning on buying again! When you declutter your entire home, you are in control, and you may discover some things about yourself and what’s important to you to keep.
Rid the Home of Allergens
Dust, pet hair and pollen can accumulate in all kinds of places. All those things sitting around unused are just taking up space and gathering dust, not to mention allergens. It’s important to declutter all your rooms, even those rooms you don’t go into very often, like the attic. That dust is still circulating in your home and finding its way into rooms you do use.
So, getting rid of excess clutter should help to improve the airflow in your home, which will be welcomed by any family members or friends who suffer from allergies, hay fever, asthma or eczema.
When you declutter, you’ll want to keep your home looking minimalist and beautiful, and not let the clutter build up again. You’ll have a better idea of what you want your home to look like, and what things you actually need and what you can do without.
After you’ve decluttered, you’ll be amazed at how much less you will buy as you’ll be aware that you really don’t need lots of things to make you happy. Clutter often blinds us to what we really own. Sorting everything out and giving your home a good declutter can help prevent you from making frivolous purchases in the future.
And, of course, there is money to be made from selling unwanted items at car boot sales or on sites like eBay.
Easier to Clean and Tidy
The fewer things you have, the easier it will be to navigate the home and clean. Decluttering is mostly about ridding yourself of what you don’t need, but it’s also a great chance to organise, tidy and clean your home – and leave it looking incredible. And once it looks the way you want it to, you’ll want to keep it that way.
With less junk in your home, there will be fewer things to dust and less stuff to manoeuvre the hoover around. Cleaning and tidying a decluttered home is a breeze.
Store Your Belongings with Smart Storage
You’ll have some possessions that, whilst you have no need for them now, you’ll want to keep. Favourite toys, heirloom pieces, bedroom furniture and children’s works of art or school, college and university creations – family memories you’ll want to keep safe. Enjoy all the benefits of a decluttered home without saying goodbye to these priceless possessions by putting them into storage.
At Smart Storage, we provide affordable, clean, secure storage units in a wide range of sizes. You can rent them for as little as two weeks and for however long you like. The process is simple; you pick your unit size and reserve your space free of charge. Smart and simple, just the way it should be.