Friday, April 29, 2016

5 Benefits of Decluttering


When you intentionally live with less, it's so much easier to not be tempted into buying any and everything. Before I decided to live a minimal lifestyle over a year ago, I spent ridiculous amounts of money on things that oftentimes never got used. I would even ask for specific presents, thinking "oh, this might be nice to have", only to have it become a dust collector. Not only was I wasting my money (& space), but I was asking others to waste theirs as well.

Now, before purchasing anything I ask myself "Is this something I really need? Will I actually use this?" and more often than not, the answer is no.


Cleaning has never been easier since I started decluttering over a year ago. For me, less stuff equals less stuff that I have to dust or wipe down, or move out of the way so that I can wipe down the surface that it's sitting on. Getting rid of bigger furniture pieces and keeping as much off the floor as possible has made it so much easier when it's time to vacuum... and if you're a pug owner, it's always time to vacuum.  I love that I'm not constantly having to move things around to vacuum around or underneath them. And because there's not a lot of "junk" everywhere, my place tends to look nice & tidy, even if it's not particularly clean.


The less options I'm presented with, the easier it is for me to make a decision. I get very overwhelmed when I got to a restaurant where they have a small novel for a menu. I used to get that same overwhelming sensation when I would walk into my closet each day and inevitably "never have anything to wear", despite having ALL THE CLOTHES.
The same easily applies throughout my daily at-home life, as my options are limited but enough.


Any time I can donate or gift something away, whether it's 200+ hangers (uh, yeah) or a slow cooker or clothes, I love knowing that someone out there, whether a stranger or a friend, is going to make use of something that was only collecting dust in my home. It gives me the feel goods.


Being able to recoup some money on items I don't use anymore is very much a bonus. For me it's not the main reason, because I would definitely give items away for free (and I have) if there was no way to make some of that money back. But I'm not going to say it's not nice to turn unused items into a little pocket change.

PS. I'd love to hear from you in the comments, let me know how decluttering has benefited you! Also, follow me on BlogLovin to stay updated on future content. <3