If you are finding it difficult to kickstart your decluttering project, perhaps it helps to have a closer look at the facts of decluttering to help you get off to the right start. I know sometimes I need a good reminder to get the motivation flowing again.
1. It’s unlikely to be fun
Let’s put it right out there from the start. Decluttering can be a huge task. It can be time consuming and it can be exhausting. It’s pretty much a form of cleaning. Put all that together and you get something that isn’t very fun.
2. But it does feel good afterwards
Once you clear a space in your home, a bedroom or even a drawer, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Decluttering can give you the natural high that comes with getting stuff done and being productive. It can also create a sense of calm when you no longer have clutter crowding you.
3. It can be hard to let go
Sometimes we hoard things because they have some sentimental value. In certain cases, things are worth keeping for that very reason, but if we kept every item that ever evoked emotions, we would be buried alive so while it is damn hard sometimes to let go of certain things, it is also necessary.
4. Decluttering helps you simplify
Less stuff = less to clean, less to maintain, less to organise and less to trip over or store. So less in fact equals more when it comes to decluttering and simplifying your home life. Taking a minimalist approach at home can make a huge difference.
5. It can save you money
Cutting down on excess means you are less likely to spend on the unnecessary so often. You also have a better idea of what you have and where it is, so less likely to double up or need to replace an item simply because you cannot locate it.
6. Decluttering is a lifelong process
We may declutter our home from top to bottom, but through life we collect new things and as such, decluttering will never be a once off project. Decluttering is a lifelong habit. Once you get into the habit of regular decluttering, it will also become a lot easier.