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8 Reasons Decluttering is the Ultimate Form of Self Care

8 Reasons Decluttering is the Ultimate Form of Self Care

When we think about self-care, most of us imagine indulging in a luxurious spa treatment or taking a much-needed holiday. However, there’s one form of self-care that isn’t talked about often, and that’s decluttering! Decluttering your home can be one of the most beneficial forms of self-care, and in this blog post we’ll explore the relationship between decluttering and self-care.

When we think about clutter, our minds ultimately go to the stuff sitting on countertops or in cabinets and bins, untouched, unorganized, and unused. But clutter is not just the stuff in your house that collects dust. Clutter can be anything that takes up space – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or digitally – that you don’t need, don’t love, or doesn’t add value or support your life in a meaningful way. And ultimately, clutter just makes it harder to relax, have fun, and focus on what is most important to you in life.

Clutter is not always what it seems, and it isn’t always what can be seen. For some, it could mean that it’s time to clean out your closet and organize your bedside table. The less obvious clutter could be unhelpful thoughts swirling in your head, unaligned relationships, too many things on your to-do list, an overbooked schedule, or unfulfilled dreams that sit in the back of your mind. It may be helpful to take some time to journal and reflect on this: What type of clutter has been gathering in my life?

How you define clutter in your own life is up to you, and it’s personal to you. In short, clutter is simply anything that you don’t need, want, or is taking up space that something more helpful could replace.

It is also important to note that while decluttering in the ways that feel necessary to you, bringing in self-compassion can be what takes it to the next level of self-care. Often times, clutter can accumulate in our lives without us realizing it and because we are so busy. As you are decluttering, give yourself compassion for the ways in which you are always doing your best.

Here are some ways self-care and decluttering go hand in hand:

1. Calming your stress responseWhen our environments are cluttered with too much stuff, it is scientifically shown to increase stress levels. Studies have shown that too much clutter can actually increase cortisol in our bodies, as well as contribute to feelings of shame, guilt, and depression. You can read more about the research here.

2. Improve mental health. Sometimes it’s the little things that produce the biggest results with mental health. Decluttering has been shown to have some amazing mental health benefits, including reducing anxiety and depression, contributing to more feelings of ease, happiness, and flow. Think back to a time when you have just deep cleaned your space, and remember how amazing you feel. Sometimes it even makes you feel like you can take on the world.

3. Get better sleep. Sleep contributes to our well-being in every way. When the environment that you’re sleeping in feels decluttered and cared for, we can relax into a more restful state. Even have the TV on all night can be a form of cluttering your mental space while you sleep. Develop a wind-down routine before bed if you have trouble falling asleep, which could include taking deep breaths, having a warm bath, hot herbal tea, and relaxing scents. It is recommended that we sleep in a dark, cool, decluttered room for maximum rest potential.

4. Reduce distraction and improve focus. Having a tidy desk is one of the best hacks for improving productivity. It allows for more of a sense of control and less distraction by things around you that you don’t need. This can also include putting your phone in a drawer and limiting email clutter. The less things to pull you away from what you are needing to focus on, the better you will feel at the end of your day. Release the clutter on your desk, and have just the essentials near you: a glass of water, one object that brings you joy, and the materials you need to get things done.

5. Boost self-esteem and well-being. Your home is a reflection of yourself. When your home looks and feels good, you feel good. You home can either be your sanctuary, or a place that causes you to cringe. It’s up to you to choose how to create the environment you want to surround you that makes you feel like your best self. Letting go of things you no longer need and creating spaces in your home that spark happiness is what contributes to your improved sense of self-esteem and well-being.

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6. Improved work-life balance. It might seem counterintuitive at first, but taking just a few minutes in the morning to declutter your space can dramatically improve your day. If you work from home, having a decluttered space can help to increase productivity as you aren’t worrying about what needs to be done all day. If you work out of the house, knowing that you have a decluttered place to come home to will make unwinding in the evening that much more pleasurable.

7. Increased creativity. When your space is clear, your mind follows. With a clear mind, there is more space for new ideas to generate. Creativity is not only important if you have artistic pursuits, it is also imperative to creating new systems in your home and life that work better for you, and finding solutions to issues that you may be facing.

8. More time, energy, and freedom. All in all, having a decluttered home allows for more of what you want to focus on, giving you more time, energy, and freedom. When you have less cluttering your heart, mind and space, the more you can actually enjoy your life. Instead of finding yourself being consumed by whatever clutter is taking over your life, you can find yourself generating new ideas, spending more time with those you love, and making moves towards your dreams.

All in all, self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or incredibly time consuming. It can be taking 10 minutes to declutter your counters, journal about what is cluttered in your mind, or clearing open tabs from your electronics. Whatever it is that you need to function optimally, we challenge you to take a simple step towards!

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