As the New Year approaches (aka the first “I’ll start Monday…” excuse of the year) I think forward to what I want to accomplish this year. Obviously my big goal for the year is making a success of this blog so that I can stay at home with my children, but another big one is to finally declutter our home.
We bought our house two years ago and while I can say we’re “unpacked”, unpacked mostly means “shtuff shoved into the spare bedroom.” I have two weeks off for the holidays and I plan to make the most of them. It’s my goal to be clutter-free before the new year, one final resolution for this year if you will.
Being clutter-free is important to me for a number of reasons. For one, when our house is extra-cluttered, it reflects most in my toddler and his increase in tantrums. It makes sense: he’s at eye-level for most of the clutter and I can only imagine how crowded that must feel.
The bigger reason I want to fully declutter, though, is for my own mental health.
Living clutter-free means…
- Less stress. Less stress means a stronger immune system which means less doctor visits (and bills).
- Making money selling stuff you no longer need. I have a post on how to hold a successful garage sale, but there are many other avenues to explore. Resale groups on Facebook are a favorite of mine, but there’s also Amazon (great for reselling books), Ebay, and Craigslist.
- More free time. More free time means either more time with our families or more time to find ways to live thrifty– a win either way.
- Letting go of the past. I’m nostalgic to a fault, but I know the more that I hang on to, the less room I have to keep bits of new memories. By letting go, we’re able to focus more on the future and lead a more purpose-driven life.
- Being motivated to tend to other parts of our lives. Once the house is clean, I know I’m always then eager to clean out our minivan. Similarly, once our living space is decluttered, we are then inspired to “declutter” other areas (whether they be physical or mental).
- Knowing what you have versus knowing what you need. The morning before my son’s birthday party, I received a bulk toilet paper order in the mail. Due to the mad chaos that was that day, I ended up tossing the box into our spare room instead of putting it away like I should have. When it came time to needing it, I knew I had it, but had no idea where I’d put it. Time and money were both wasted before I stumbled across the box in the spare room.
- Having the energy to focus on what’s truly important in your life. Clutter, even just a small amount, can be mentally draining. When you’re already overwhelmed or overworked, losing the stress that is clutter can make a world of difference.