Every few months, I get into a big frenzy and want to declutter a lot of things. It’s crazy how junk can sneak up on you, even when you don’t think you’re not buying anything. You get tons of freebies and gifts, and suddenly, you discover you have a whole bunch of stuff.
Anyway, I love decluttering. It feels good when you’re in a clean and tidy place and everything’s sorted. There are a lot of books to read about minimalism and decluttering. There’s Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I started off with this and it really made the idea of minimalism appealing to me. Then there’s Stuffocation, which is about living more with less. And finally, i would be remiss if I didn’t mention Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up which has made headlines everywhere.
OK, but you might not want to read all these books right now, so let me tell you why I enjoy decluttering so much.
Physical space leads to mental space
When I’m in a clear, tidied environment, my mind feels better. I feel like I can think better and there is more clarity.
You Save More
This is especially if you stop buying more things and you also sell off your old stuff. Less things, more money. Win-win!
Cleaning & Housework Take A Lot Less Time
When you have less stuff, there’s less cleaning to do. There’s less moving shit around in order to wipe things properly.
The Closet Is A Pleasure
I get physically stressed when I look at my closet that’s over-stuffed with clothes, packed tightly with hangers. When my closet has room to breathe, I also have room to breathe. Is that weird? Are you like that too?
Packing Is Easier
I’ve recently discovered that if you have a capsule wardrobe, where you make about 30 looks out of just 10 items, it makes packing a lot easier. I’ll be writing soon about a travel capsule wardrobe!
You Enjoy The Things You Have So Much More
The stuff that you’ve opted to keep are the things that you really like and bring pleasure (or spark joy, as Marie Kondo would say) to you. This means you’re surrounded by more things that you love, and not things that you’re feeling 50/50 about. It’s a very good feeling to have.