Most of us have a little bit of hoarder in us – and, of course, some of us have a lot of it. Collecting and compiling objects, products, and just stuff is a natural inclination. But at some point in time, you realize something – all of this stuff has just become clutter.
You have closets and drawers full of clothes you never wear, pantries full of food and cookware that you never consume or use, bookshelves full of random objects that you never look at or pay attention to, and rooms full of furniture that you never use.
While it can seem like a small thing on a day-to-day basis, this clutter can come to actually cause quite a bit of stress and difficulty that you might not even recognize. You’ve become used to it, and it’s just part of the scenery.
Nevertheless, decluttering your life has a number of real benefits that can greatly improve your life. You may be struggling with some of these things without even realizing that the source is clutter.
Let’s look at a few of the greatest benefits.
YOU WILL DEVELOP BETTER SLEEPING HABITS
For many, getting to sleep at night is a kind of ritual. It requires a certain frame of mind that’s peaceful, relaxed, and at ease.
But, when you have to step over piles of clothes to crawl into a messy bed, you can become tense and stressed without even realizing why. Because of that, you might struggle to doze off, tossing and turning from a general sense of unease.
Decluttering your room – including your closets, drawers, desk, and floors – can seriously contribute to the peaceful ritual of falling asleep.
YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR FOCUS
Part of the stress of being in cluttered environments is that everything seems to be begging for your attention. Things need organized, cleaned, collected, and sorted through for storage or charity.
It can be really difficult to concentrate and focus on anything in this environment, and it can be extremely easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed.
If you’ve been struggling to feel peaceful at home, particularly in the evenings, consider cleaning, organizing, and decluttering your environment. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to enjoy that book or TV show, spend quality time with family, and even enjoy your meals.
YOU WILL JUST FEEL BETTER
Your improved mood from decluttering can affect so many aspects of your life beyond just your sleeping habits and ability to focus.
It will improve your relationships, open you up to new experiences, help you focus on the bigger goals in your life, and altogether help you enjoy your life and engage with it more deeply.
Of course, the thing that often keeps us from handling the clutter is the work involved in doing so. It takes time to organize and get rid of things, and it can be hard to let go. Again, it’s just our natural instinct to want to hold onto things that seem like they could be useful at some point, even if they’re entirely irrelevant to your current life.
Don’t get caught in that trap. Be honest with yourself about what you really need and make a concerted, planned effort to resolve the problem. You’ll be surprised at how much it improves things for you!
DECLUTTER FOR YOUR HEALTH
Decluttering your life can bring a great sense of relief, especially during times of stress. At Rock the Treatment, we know that being diagnosed with cancer can be terrifying and turn your world upside down. Of course, the chemotherapy and radiation that follow can be discouraging and tough to live through.
That’s why we have created lovely gift baskets for the men, women, and children in your lives who are fighting cancer. Visit our #RocktheTreatment website today and help someone through their cancer journey.