Four Reasons to Rid Your Home of Clutter

There are many, many benefits to tidying your home, but we’ll focus on our top four today.

If you are having trouble starting the decluttering process and need a little motivation, you’ve come to the right place.

1. YOU’LL HAVE MORE TIME

If you have a clear space that you can easily navigate, you will have more free time. Do you know where you’re currently storing your tape measure, your extra phone charger? How about your bathing suit and passport? Owning less and keeping it accessible and visible allows you to quickly recall where it’s located. On average, you will spend a total of 6 months of your life looking for lost items. Time is one of the most universally treasured commodities; despite other differences and priorities, it is something we all value it immensely. If you find yourself perpetually late, try setting up a home dock for your keys, phone, wallet and other must-have daily essentials. Leave them when you arrive home, take with you when you depart. By setting up efficient systems that make sense for your lifestyle, you’ll be able to leave your home more quickly in the morning.

We're all time poor. Art by Stacy Antoville.

We're all time poor. Art by Stacy Antoville.

 

2. YOU’LL HAVE MORE MONEY

By decluttering, you’ll spend less and save more.

Why? When you know and can find what you already have, you buy less. Ever bought something even though you knew you had a similar version somewhere but you didn’t know exactly where? We recently helped a client who had over a dozen new toothbrushes still in the package scattered throughout her home because she could not locate the backup after she brought it home, and kept purchasing more. If you have one dedicated spot for your extra toothbrush stash, you can avoid that cycle. You’ll spend less money buying things as band-aids and instead use up what you already have.

Your savings account will thank you. Art by Stacy Antoville.

Your savings account will thank you. Art by Stacy Antoville.

3. YOU’LL FEEL CALMER

Less Clutter = Less Cortisol  

It’s not just physical space-- less clutter helps reduce cortisol in your brain, a stress-related hormone. According to Houselogic, a team from UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives and Families studied 32 Californian families and the multitude of objects in their home. They found that women who live in a cluttered environment are likely to have high levels of cortisol. The Mayo Clinic points out that overexposure to cortisol can disrupt "almost all your body's processes," and has been associated with an increased risk of anxiety, digestive problems, heart disease, and weight gain, among other issues.

4. YOU’LL BOOST YOUR MOOD

Not only are you helping others by donating unused items, you’re helping yourself feel good.

According the Cleveland Clinic “There is evidence that participating in charitable behaviors like donating secretes “feel good” chemicals in our brains, such as serotonin, a mood-mediating chemical, dopamine, a feel-good chemical, and oxytocin, a compassion and bonding chemical. When researchers from the National Institutes of Health looked at the functional MRIs of subjects who gave to various charities, they found that giving stimulates the mesolimbic pathway, which is the reward center in the brain — releasing endorphins and creating what is known as the “helper’s high.” And like other highs, this one is addictive, too.

As you can see, decluttering your life and home won’t just boost efficiency, it can help you be both happier and healthier. It’s a truly win-win scenario!