How Decluttering and Organizing Can Transform Your Home and Improve Mental Health

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Updated September 13, 2023

It's easy to leave belongings on countertops and shove items into cabinets and closets when we're busy with the shuffle of everyday life. 

It's also easy to get used to living among your family's clutter and look past the chaos.

When we do finally take the time to declutter and organize our living space, only then do we realize how different our home looks and feels with everything in it's rightful place.

We'll go over the many benefits that decluttering can bring to your life:

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More Functionality

It probably goes without saying that when your house is in order, it functions better.

Storing items in rooms where they are most likely to be used rather than just any drawer or cupboard it fits it instantly improves the functionality of your home. 

Making sure that all walkways and doorways are clear helps us navigate our home without the risk of tripping hazards, and having organized storage areas makes accessing the items we need, when we need them, significantly easier.

Save Time

A well organized home makes daily upkeep and cleaning a much faster process.

Even just dusting and cleaning surface areas takes much less time when we don't have a ton of items to move around on our countertops, and the same can be said for sweeping/mopping/vacuuming our floors.

The amount of time we spend looking for lost and misplaced items is significant when our home is cluttered and unorganized.

Knowing where all your items are located saves a lot of wasted time and frustration.

Save Money

If you're someone that often loses or misplaces their belongings, it's probably not unusual for you to replace those items when you really need them.

It's common to replace clothing items, batteries, toiletries, cords, tools, and electronics if we can't remember where we've last seen them and don't have the time to go through all of the many boxes/closets/drawers that they could have ended up in.

You could save time and a lot of money with a well organized and decluttered house by not having to replace your lost or buried items.

Additionally, if you're someone who is thinking about selling your home, thoroughly decluttering, organizing, and cleaning your home can actually increase its market value, putting more money in your pocket for the sale.

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Improved Relationships

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If you're someone that avoids having guests over because you're embarrassed with your unorganized home, you could significantly improve relationships with extended family, friends, and neighbors by being able to offer to host rather than having to rely on being invited over as a guest.

This also applies to anyone else living in the home with you.

If you have children or teenagers who would love to have friends over but are embarrassed or not allowed to because of all the clutter, imagine the excitement they will have to now be able to invite their own guests over. 

Not only will this potentially improve their relationship with you, but it will give them a sense of pride that will encourage them to model your new behavior so that they can continue being able to have friends over.

It's also worth noting that if you find yourself fighting with your children, partner, or roommates about the condition of the home, creating a new way of living with organization at the forefront will eliminate a lot of these strifes. 

Improved Mental Health

Anxiety and depression are common symptoms of a disorganized home due to heightened stress hormones, like cortisol.

An excess of items laying around your home is distracting and is proven to decrease your brain's ability to efficiently process information.

Increased stress, frustration, and anxiety will put anyone on edge over time, and these negative feelings seep into other aspects of your life even when you aren't at home.

Anxiety and depression are also known catalysts for sleeping disorders, which only further exacerbates mental and physical health issues.

Fewer items laying around means fewer choices throughout the day, creating a calmer living environment that allows us to view our home as a peaceful sanctuary rather than a source of contempt. 

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Improved Physical Health

Beyond the improved mental health affects that decluttering your home has, there are many physical benefits as well.

Cluttered homes are breeding grounds for allergens like dust, pet dander, and mold to collect and settle. 

Decluttering, cleaning, and organizing your house will eliminate existing allergens and help prevent the accumulation of them in the future. 

Make dusting and cleaning a regular routine to keep harmful allergens at bay.

Furthermore, keeping a tidy home helps keep you active. It doesn't seem like much, but getting on your feet to lift, move, and clean things is a physical activity that your body will thank you for later.

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