Now that the tree and stockings are gone and a new year is well under way, any excuse to hold off on decluttering your home is long gone. Sorry, but that ship has sailed!
When it comes to organization and getting rid of the clutter in your home, are you ready for a change? Let’s make this year your most productive and rewarding one yet! Even though this list could go on and on, here are our top ten favorite reasons why you should start decluttering right now:
It’s the chance to turn over a new leaf
The new year is the perfect time to look back and take note about what’s important and how you can change for the better. If clutter is taking over your life (and your home), then enough is enough! Start 2014 off right and get ready to enjoy this new chapter in your life. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Your space will look bigger and better
Do the walls of your home feel like they are constantly closing in on you? There’s no reason to be surrounded by things that don’t work, that you don’t need, or that you could simply live without. You won’t miss it. Toss it!
You’ll feel great
When you finish decluttering and organizing, you’ll immediately feel the sense of achievement. It’s just like completing a jigsaw puzzle: it might be frustrating at first, but once you finish, you’ll love the relief you feel. Plus, you’ll have a masterpiece on your hands (and a clean one, too!)
You’ll save time
Do you constantly feel like there are never enough hours in your day? Guess what: when you declutter, you’ll have a lot more time on your hands. Now that you don’t need to worry about maintaining all your unnecessary stuff, you’ll be able to spend that time doing something else instead—and hopefully it’s something you love.
You’ll have allergy relief
It should go without saying, but your junk can collect dust, chemicals, bugs and even mold (in worst case scenarios). Headaches, fatigue, and sinus problems can also be related to the amount of clutter in your household.
You’ll be more productive
Your living space often reflects your state of mind; the more cluttered the space, the more cluttered your thoughts will be. When you get rid of items in your home that have no value, meaning or purpose, your mind will feel lighter, you’ll have far more energy and your mental focus will be sharper as well.
You will be more grateful
This one is simple! Minimalism will allow you to appreciate and value what you already have. If there is something you haven’t used in the last couple of years, or if you have two or three of the same kitchen gadget or knickknack, then toss it! Less is always more.
You might find a hidden gem
Start thinking of your decluttering project as a chance to go through your personal ‘lost and found.’ You will be shocked when you start uncovering things that you haven’t seen in a while, or worse, forgot you even had!
You will lead by example
If you have children, have you noticed that they tend to mirror everything you do…even your bad habits? Think of your actions as having a domino effect; once you start decluttering, your family will follow suit when they see the progress you’re making and the benefits it’s providing your household.
It will transform your house into a home
Decluttering will transform your living space into a home that you can be proud of. Sounds great, right? We thought so.
Sam Landa is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on Google+ or LinkedIn.