With Christmas on its way and winter around the corner, now is a great time to free your closets, shelves, and drawers from becoming a jumble of artifacts you no longer want or need. But did you know that decluttering regularly helps you in other surprising ways? Clearing out your clutter not only breaks up a massive task into smaller pieces, but it also reduces stress, amps up safety, helps others, and makes it easier when it comes to downsizing for your house movers.
When things become overwhelming, our bodies tend to react in fight or flight mode. Stress primarily builds up when mountainous tasks surround us. Being exposed to clutter is a constant reminder of what needs doing and can lead to anxiety, angst, depression, and regret. Removing unneeded items from your home regularly promotes:
Living in cramped and cluttered conditions leads to several safety hazards. Not only can you trip and fall from piled up items, but stacks of books, papers, cans of paint, cleaning products and more can pose a significant fire risk. Decluttering your home helps alleviate these risks. Ways to declutter your home for safety include:
Another surprising reason you should declutter regularly is that it allows you to give back to others. Set at least one day a month to clear your rooms of unused toys and clothes to donate to a charity shop or consignment store. You can also take a pile of old socks and fabrics to those who love to quilt and sew so they can make something new. See if your furniture or appliance store or recycler will take your old furniture, appliances, tools, equipment and implements — or offer them for free or a reduced price through an online classified or marketplace ad.
Getting rid of all those extra belongings is a great way to downsize if you are at the empty nest stage in life and want to travel or move into a smaller and more manageable home. Decluttering to downsize your home helps stage it for potential buyers and also makes moving more manageable and less expensive— as your packers and movers will have less to transport.
Get ready for your moving company by reading our Room-by-Room Decluttering Guide.
Bekins Kelowna offers packing and moving services as well as DIY moving and storage to help you declutter. Learn more by contacting us directly and receive a free estimate.