I don’t know anyone who hasn’t accumulated unnecessary clutter or isn’t disorganized in some way in his or her life. If you are an extremely organized person, please tell me how you became so good at it.
I am such a hoarder, you know, on top of being a shopaholic. With age, I have become more sensible with my purchases and possess more will to walk away from what I think is a good deal but really isn’t on second thought.
But sometimes I still succumb to impulse! I buy backups of things I love for fear of them being eternally out of stock; I buy clothes I know I won’t wear; I buy things I don’t even have time to use.
I will – hopefully – be moving into our new house soon, and don’t want to bring my whole life over. Of course, I’m not going to let my parents live with my clutter so I need to start decluttering, cleaning, and organizing! And just in case you’re wondering, decluttering IS NOT organizing. Decluttering comes first!
The benefits of decluttering are actually far more profound than just having more space to walk about – did you know that getting your stuff organized can actually do good for your body, your mind, and the world at large?
Let me share with you 5 benefits to motivate and get you started!
(Trying to look happy under the scorching Penang sun. Flat hair and everything. LOL.)
1. Decluttering Clears Your Mind
Unless you are Magneto who has the ability to manipulate minds and magnetic force fields, chaos restricts our ability to focus. In the same way, clutter limits our brain’s ability to process information. Simply put, clutter COMPETES for our attention!
I definitely suffer from attention-seeking clutter. I feel frustrated and anxious looking at the clutter made up of stuff that is either junk, unfinished projects, or things I don’t know where else to place.
My table mess flows to my chair which flows to my floor which flows to the walkway which flows to the door which flows………….. =_=
I recently started listing some personal items on Gumtree and the process of packing things away already made me feel more liberated and lifted! Like there’s a sudden positive flow of energy surrounding me.
Besides, the ease of which I can sell my items on Gumtree makes me want to put up even MORE things to sell.
Check out my chio profile with all my listings - I love this interface!