Declutter is the new trend that has everybody in awe because, according to Marie Kondo, the Japanese tidying expert, it is more about choosing joy than cleaning a space. Her method “KonMari” has gained many followers around the world, thanks to the easy way that she explains it and because it works, but at the same time change their lifestyle.

The definition for declutter on the Oxford Dictionary states: “Remove unnecessary items from (an untidy or overcrowded place).” This means everything that is not useful for you and that does not make you happy should be removed from your life.

Kondo applies Japanese methods for tidying up the different spaces around you, following simple and precise steps. However, for some people, this can be too much on the perfectionist side and for that reason today I will show you the benefits of decluttering your life and some tips to do it easily.

Benefits of decluttering your Life

There are many benefits of decluttering your spaces, not only for a comfortable lifestyle but also your health will thank you for that. The accumulated and unnecessary stuff on your property can be highly dangerous for your body and your mind, so maybe that is a very good reason to start?

Reduces stress

If your home is organized, you will reduce your stress levels; but if you are constantly bumping into different things around it, or you can’t find a specific item, your mood may be ruined and even mess up with your job. Better to have an organized space that can contribute to a good state of mind.

Increases your focus

Living or working in a cluttered space can be very distracting and affect the brain’s processing ability. The distractions are everywhere, but a place full of them will never give you a productive day, starting a change in your areas can make the difference.

Boosts your energy

A clean room will provide a better sleep that you will need to fulfill all your daily activities. Besides, your bedroom must be a sanctuary for you to get the correct rest and wake up full of energy.

Helps you to maintain a healthy body

Stress, sleep deprivation, and lack of energy can result in health problems, especially with your weight. A messy ambient will give you the sensation of needing comfort, and you will get it with food, like junk food or sweets increasing risks associated with overweight.

Improves air quality

Dust, air, mold, and allergens are in every place. But in a cluttered house these are trapped and can be very difficult to get rid of them. Normally, a cleaning session is enough to eliminate them, and in a decluttered home is easier than ever.

Changes the relationships at home

In a messy home, you will constantly be arguing with your partner, kids, and other family members, about missing things. But if you declutter the area, you can find everything quickly and even make an inventory of your possessions.

Makes you feel proud

A clean space can make you feel proud of the work that you did on it. Besides, it will increase your confidence because you make an excellent job choosing what is essential for you and what not.

Tips for decluttering your spaces

  • Tidy all at once: it will be better to do it all in one day or on the weekend; commitment to this is the only way to do it. If you declutter one room per day or week, it will be messy again in a matter of days.

 

  • Visualize the destination: to start throwing things, you must visualize how do you want to live. For example, if you desire to live like if your life is a paradisiac vacation, keep the things that will give you that feeling.

 

  • Determine if the item “sparks joy”: if you keep things that make you unhappy, you will invite unhappiness into your life. Better to maintain items that give you joy and produce a smile on your face thanks to a memory.

 

  • Tidy by category, not location: we tend to store items into categories in different locations, but turns out that is better to tidy by type, not location. For example, better to start with your clothes than with your closet or drawers.

 

  • Tidy in order: Kondo has created a list about the order in which you should start to tidy, it goes this way: clothes, books, papers, Komono (misc. stuff), and sentimental. She also explains that each one can be separated into sub-categories for an easier process.

Tidying up your house, workspace, and even your life can change absolutely every aspect of you. Organize everything can improve your productivity, just remember not to get obsessed; sometimes a little clutter is necessary for a good balance.

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