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5 Ways to Decrease Clutter – and Increase Wellbeing

Reducing the clutter around you not only makes for a more pleasant environment, but it also improves your emotional wellbeing and makes you more productive, too!

We’re going to take a look at how a clear-out can lower your stress levels, make you work more efficiently and even save you money. We’ll also give you five simple steps toward a clutter-free life.

How can reducing clutter help me lower my stress levels?

A cluttered environment creates stress. Piles of clutter make it difficult to keep your house or working environment clean and creates a less pleasant to spend time in. Declutter and you’ll find your space simply more enjoyable.

Clutter can also trigger anxiety, reminding you that deep in those clutter mountains, there are bills waiting to be paid, filing to do and other important tasks to achieve. Tackling the clutter means you get to win over those stressful thoughts.

Clutter is a distraction. An untidy workspace stops you from getting on with your tasks as you worry about cleaning instead. You get more behind, more stressed and the vicious circle continues. Clear your clutter and you clear your mind to get on with the essentials.

How can decluttering make me more productive?

A decluttered work or home environment means that you are no longer stressing and wasting time searching for misplaced items. An organized space eliminate a rushed and harried state of mind.

You’ll be able to focus on your work or household tasks without worrying about how you are going to tackle the mess. And clearing that mountain of paperwork will mean you’ll be able to keep up with deadlines for bills and other tasks.

How can decluttering help save me money?

The more you have, the more space you need. Hardcore hoarders have to build extra storage space on their premises or hire storage facilities to accommodate everything. Keeping a decluttered house or office space means that your costs will automatically be reduced.

Let’s Get Started!

Just the thought of tackling your clutter may feel daunting. That’s why we’ve put together five top tips that anyone can implement to make decluttering super simple.

Top Tip 1: Start Small

Start small and work your way up to achieving a clutter-free home or office. Begin by clearing a small space such as a shelf or countertop. Once you see the difference in how it looks and how you feel, you’ll be inspired to take on another project, working your way toward your clutter-free goals slowly and steadily.

Top Tip 2: Think Charitably

Allocate items that you don’t need or use any more to charity. Knowing that your unwanted items will be appreciated by someone else is a great motivator. And you get the benefit of creating a more attractive space for yourself.

Top Tip 3: Schedule Your Decluttering

Instead of waiting until your clutter reaches unmanageable levels, schedule a decluttering session every month or two. Once it becomes part of your routine, the whole process will feel far less overwhelming and a whole lot easier.

Top Tip 4: Clear Out Your Closet

Allocate an afternoon to clearing out your closet and setting aside anything you no longer wear. Or try the coat hanger hack by arranging all your clothes so their hangers face outwards in your closet. Every time you wear an item, turn the hanger the other way. In six months’ time, you’ll see which clothes haven’t been worn at all. Get rid of them to free up valuable space.

Top Tip 5: Make Smart Purchases

Adopt a “smart purchasing” mindset. This means that instead of impulse-buying items you don’t need, take your time with purchasing decisions. Ask yourself whether you really need an item and how it will contribute to your life positively.

The Joy of Uncluttered Living

Decluttering doesn’t have to be painful. By tackling it in small steps, you can easily achieve a more pleasant home and work environment, reduce your stress, and even save money.

This frees you up to live a more joyful life, with your decluttered environment reflecting your positive attitude. So what are you waiting for? Get started on step one today!

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