It seems like we are all “consumed” with the act of consumption. Just think of the last item you bought, was it really necessary or you pretty much convinced yourself that it is crucial for your daily living? It is typically the latter, and these items end up cluttering your home and eventually taking up space in a landfill. Read on to learn what you should dispose of, and why it is important to do so.
Decluttering to improve your attention
A cluttered space is a cluttered mind. There was a study in Princeton University that discovered that the people who had an environment filled with stuff could focus less. This is because our brain is preoccupied with looking at stuff to pay attention to other stuff. This leads to delayed attention and response-time to the task at hand.
Therefore, if you have noticed that you feel more confused when things are not in order in the house, it is not you, it is psychology.
Decluttering as a form of stress-relief
A cluttered space is tough on the mind, and this has been backed up by science. In a study done by researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF), the link between 32 middle-class families and the items in their homes were inspected over the course of 4 years. It was found that stress and poor management of physical possessions were the critical problem in cluttered households.
Minimalism as unfiltered joy
Minimalism means that less is more. People who decide to live this type of a life restrict themselves to only a number of things that bring them pleasure in life. This way they are free from attachment of material possession and they take joy in life from simple moments between loved ones and nature.
How to Declutter Your Home to Declutter Your Life
Below is a short list of items that you should get rid of. As daunting as it seems, the social and mental benefits of decluttering are more than worth the anxiety you might feel from disposing of all the things you don’t need.
- Old toiletries like bottles and gels which are likely expired! Swap them for fewer, natural products
- Dried up nail polish
- Worn out bath mats, which are packed with germs
- Old air freshener
- Old makeup
- Duplicate cooking utensils (you don’t need two whisks or spatulas)
- Extra or unused coffee mugs (everyone needs only one mug)
- Old spices
- Old shopping bags
- Magnets (Not all of them have sentimental value
Your bedroom and wardrobe:
- Worn out sheets and bedding
- Scarves and other accessories (you haven’t worn it in the past year, get rid of it!)
- Old, unused hangers
- Old dresses (not all of them have a sentimental value, haven’t they?)
- Stockings with runs
Your living room:
- Newspapers (if you didn’t read it the day it was delivered, you’re probably not going to read it ever)
- DVDs (just think of the last time you popped in a DVD to watch?)
- Toys your kids no longer play with (donate them)
- Old unused batteries (get rid of them properly)
- Furniture manual