Why Decluttering Makes You Happier

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As weird as it sounds, decluttering your stuff can actually make you feel a little happier and less stressed. The less clutter you’re surrounded by, the more the proverbial weight lifts off your shoulders. Here’s why decluttering your home can make you happier.

This post was originally published on my blog Tuxedo Cats and Coffee.

As weird as it sounds, decluttering your stuff can actually make you feel a little happier and less stressed. The less clutter you're surrounded by, the more the proverbial weight lifts off your shoulders. Here's why decluttering your home can make you happier.

Why Decluttering Your Home Can Make You Happier

If you’re constantly surrounded by “stuff” and piles of clutter, it’s easy to feel stressed out just from all the visual stress. Often, outer chaos is a sign of inner chaos.

But if you can declutter and tidy up your surrounds, your environment will feel more peaceful and calming.

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It’s like having a messy desk. If your desk is full of uncompleted assignments, piles of books you need to read, or a bunch of to do’s you still need to do, it’s easy to feel stressed out because just looking at all those piles of stuff and work you have to do is stressful! Can you imagine how much calmer you would feel if your desk was clear and neatly organized?

Then imagine if your whole home was uncluttered and tidy. It doesn’t have to be “clean” so much as free of extra visual clutter. When your environment is peaceful, it’s like a welcome resting place for your mind to calm down from a chaotic world.

A couple good books for starting with decluttering are The Joy of Less by Francine Jay and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. (I would note for Marie’s book though that I think it’s easier to make lasting changes in your life – decluttering included – by taking small baby steps rather than trying to do it all at once. It depends on your preference though!)

Just clearing a little of the visual clutter in your environment can help your mind feel less cluttered too. Try it out! You can start by just clearing the tops of surfaces in your immediate surroundings for a small change that makes a big difference in the way a room looks and feels. You could even replace a pile of clutter with a small item like a special candle or decoration that makes you happy every time you see it.

With a few small changes to your environment, you can give your mind a place to rest at the end of the day.

For more organizing tips, check out our ebook Organize Your Home.

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