Top 5 Reasons Why You Need To Declutter
You know it once you walk into your home. Dishes piled up beyond the sink, stacks of junk mail as high as your head, and who knows how many loads of laundry on the floor rudely greet you every time you walk through the front door. It has to be done but decluttering does not have to be a dreadful chore. If you’re still putting it off, here are the top reasons why you need to declutter and organize your home ASAP.
Clutter Can Affect Your Health
Coming home to a messy space can cause an increase in stress. When you’re not happy with the way your living space looks, you may seek to cope with it by seeking comfort foods such as ice cream or potato chips. Also, large amounts of clutter hinders your ability to clean up dust and dirt, which could cause breathing issues and could lead to illness.
In more extreme cases, such as hoarding, clutter can directly jeopardize your life. Large piles of boxes can possibly fall on you if you accidentally bump into them and they also pose a fire hazard. Stacks of magazines or cardboard boxes are very flammable and could also block your exit route if you’re trying to escape a burning home.
Clutter Can Hurt Your Relationships
If you’re embarrassed about the state of your home, you may end up shutting yourself off from the rest of the world. It becomes a vicious cycle; when you spend too much time alone, you can end up justifying or even encouraging your own bad habits since “you’re not trying to impress anyone anyways.”
What happens when you’re not living alone though? Your kids will be less happy in a messy home and will have trouble making friends. If you aren’t embarrassed about it, I guarantee that your kids will be. Your significant other may also be ready to clean up, so open the discussion and start making a plan to declutter. Consider looking into cost effective storage options for helping to manage your valuables.
Clutter Can Harm Your Pets
While an unkempt living space may seem adventurous to your cats and dogs, you could be doing more harm than good for them. Loose items can pose a choking hazard and piles of clothes that your cat hides under puts them at risk to be stepped on. Have you ever been in a spot where you’re calling for your pet and you just can’t find them anywhere? Then it is time to organize your home. Your pets will thank you later.
Clutter Derails Your Career
Your habits at home can dictate your habits at work. Your employers are not likely going to promote someone who has troubles keeping their work space organized. This can lead to you being skipped over for promotions that you feel you are qualified for.
A messy office desk can also distract you while you’re working on a big project, decreasing productivity and reflecting poorly on your performance review. If manual labor is your expertise, you will waste countless hours looking for your tools or supplies unless you have an effective organization strategy in place.
Clutter Costs You Money
When you don’t prioritize your home space with decluttering, you don’t ask the most vital question when purchasing or acquiring something new: “Do I need this immediately?” Because of this, you can go over budget by purchasing something you forgot you already had. It was just tucked away in a pile somewhere. You’ll also spend more money when you hire a professional cleaning service, as they often charge more for heavy duty and deep cleanings.