I started decluttering my space a few years back when I realized I had tons of clothing that I NEVER wore. After reading a few books on minimalism, I began to get rid of everything I wasn’t using. I soon became addicted to feeling the weightlessness that comes with owning less.
Although we are still in the process of getting rid of clutter, we are very intentional with any new items we bring into our home. Anytime we’re thinking of purchasing something new, the first question we ask is:
“Do we have space at home to store it?”
There are lots of benefits to decluttering your home and life. The ones that have had the most impact in my life are:
There’s less to clean = less time cleaning
When you get rid of clutter and only own things you need or enjoy having, you cut down on the amount of time it takes to clean up. We live in a small apartment and because mostly everything has it’s storage place, it takes us 20 minutes to tidy up. This allows us to spend less time cleaning and more time actually doing the things we want to be doing.
Feel less overwhelmed
When you own less, it´s easier to keep your home tidy. My surroundings have always had an effect on my mood, and I find that now that we have less, our space doesn´t feel overwhelming. Even when it gets a bit messy.
Easier to find things
Because we’re mindful of what we keep in the house, I’m able to organize what we do own in the space we have. This allows us to easily find what we’re looking for because everything stays organized.
Spend less money
Once you’ve spent some time decluttering, sorting, and looking through your STUFF, you will start to realize what a waste of time and energy owning clutter is. This in turn has led me to spend less. Now when I’m at the store and see something I want to buy, the FIRST thought through my mind is: “Where am I going to store it? Is it going to end up as clutter in the next month or two?” I would say 80% of the time I end up not purchasing the item because of the thought of it turning into clutter in a few months time.
Always know what you have on hand
Because our drawers and cabinets aren’t full of junk, we always know what we have on hand. For example, I can look in my bathroom cabinets and know pretty quickly if we’re out of toilet paper, cleaning supplies, hand soap etc.
How to get started decluttering your home:
If you’ve been thinking about decluttering your home and don’t know where to start, I have a few recommendations.
Many of you have probably heard of Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. That was one of the first books I read that introduced me to living with less. I enjoyed the book because it gives you a step-by-step process of going through your home and learning to part with things that you no longer need as well as showing you how to store and care for the things you will keep.
Another great book which has lots of tips that I enjoyed and started implementing is “How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind” by Dana K White. She has a section in her book all about decluttering. I loved how entertaining and helpful it was too read. Definitely recommend! (FYI, I read this ebook for FREE On the Libby app! Worth checking out to see if you’re able to read it for free with your local library card.)
My favorite source for decluttering inspiration and organization ideas is Instagram! Some accounts I follow that show great examples and organization tips are Raising Five Kind & An Organized Life! It’s motivating seeing these moms be able to keep a tidy home even with small children!