• Sarah

The Benefits of Decluttering Your Home!

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

One of the main reasons people find themselves needing a self-storage unit is to store items in order to declutter their home.

The process of decluttering is when you remove items from your home that you no longer use regularly, or at all, with the aim of making your home look tidier and more organised.

Decluttering was made even more popular in the last couple of years by famous organising consultant, Marie Kondo, and her 'spark joy' mantra which encouraged people to question which items in their home 'sparked joy' and to get rid of those that didn't as they were no longer serving a purpose and just taking up valuable space.

If you've never decluttered your home, or it's been a few years since you last did, then here is why you should sell those old books, give away those unworn clothes and throw out those broken furnishings...

Mental health benefits

Decluttering your home has been linked to improvements in mental health as it's common knowledge that your environment and surroundings greatly impact your mood.

When the space that you live, sleep, relax, socialise and, potentially, even work in, is full of clutter, it can increase your stress levels and induce anxiety.

In fact, recent studies have shown that hoarding disorder (which is a more extreme case of clutter build up) is linked to insomnia which can lead to mental health issues, such as depression.

Decluttering will also force you to get rid of things which might be producing a negative energy in your home, such as clothing that's attached to a bad memory.

This, in turn, will help you create a more comfortable, safe and positive living environment.

Boost productivity

If you work from home, which is becoming increasingly common thanks to advances in technology, then it’s important to create a workspace that promotes productivity.

A house filled with clutter is not conducive to a good work environment.

When you declutter your home, and, subsequently, your place of work, it has proven to boost productivity and motivation.

This is simply because:

1) Clutter is a distraction; whereas, a tidy space helps us focus

2) Clutter subconsciously makes us feel on edge and uncomfortable whilst a clean environment promotes relaxation

3) Clutter is a constant reminder to us that we need to make time to tidy up which adds to our to-do list invoking stress and anxiety

By taking the time to declutter your home, even if it means investing an entire day, you will find it much easier to concentrate when it comes time to work.

Easier to maintain your home

A home full of clutter is not an easy one to maintain given the piles of items and endless amount of belongings that you have to sift through when you're trying to clean or make your house look presentable.

When you declutter your home, you will see a noticeable difference in how much easier and quicker it is to maintain and clean on a day to day basis.

Make a bit of extra cash

There are several different ways in which you can declutter your home; from hiring a self-storage unit to giving things away to friends and family.

But there is also a third option that works well when you have items that you no longer need at all and that are in excellent condition; you can sell them.

This is a great way to make a little extra money with very little effort on your end.

Nowadays, there are many websites and apps which enable you to sell anything you own, from clothes to books, with ease, as well as the traditional methods, such as a car boot sale.

Create more space

One of the more obvious benefits of decluttering your home is that it will create much more space which can be used for things that you actually need.

If your spare bedroom has become a storage cupboard or your garage is filled with boxes, decluttering will free up an entire room that can be utilised for its actual purpose or converted into something more useful.

It also means that if you have a growing family, or you like to host at your house, you don't have to worry about building extensions or investing in a bigger home as you may be able to create the space you need by decluttering alone.

Discover old gems

A great side effect of decluttering is that you may discover things in your possession that you forgot you even had or thought you had lost, such as old photos, items of clothing or souvenirs.

This can make for a great journey down memory lane and may prevent you from wasting money on purchasing things that you didn't realise you already own.

If you are going to declutter your home and you need a space to store your items until they're sold, given away or you decide what to do with them (maybe you aren't quite ready to let them go yet), then we can provide you with a safe, clean and secure self-storage facility.

For more information, give us a call today on 01902 638 219.