• Anita Chastain

4 Reasons to Get Rid of Clutter

Updated: 4 days ago

Want to enjoy your home more? Clear the clutter. Learn more about how decluttering makes you happier at home.

What’s the one thing you can do right now to start enjoying your home again and feeling happier while you’re at home?

It’s not spending money on creating your dream kitchen or replacing your old furniture with trendy pieces. It’s not having someone install an expensive closet organization system.

In fact, it doesn’t cost any money at all. It’s completely free, and you can do it yourself.

The fastest way to start enjoying your home right now is this: declutter.

Less Clutter Makes You Feel Better

Whether you want your home to be a soothing refuge after a busy day or a fun and functional space to enjoy with family and friends - or both - remove the clutter. The less visual clutter your brain processes as you scan the room, the better the room looks.

The more visually appealing the space, the better you will feel about that space and the time you spend in it.

Four More Reasons to Declutter

There’s more to being happy in a decluttered space than the visual appeal. Here are four more reasons to declutter:

1. You will have more control over your time. After a crazy busy week, it’s Saturday morning and you’re ready to do something fun. Then you look around. The house is a mess. It’ll take hours to get clean and presentable. Forget about having fun. There’s too much to do around the house.

The more clutter you accumulate, the less time you spend doing other things. Whether you spend your time buying it, washing it, wiping it down, dusting it off, moving it from here to there, putting it back, lifting it, straightening it, or throwing it away, dealing with clutter takes time away from other, more meaningful activities.

Clear out the clutter to free up more time.

2. You will feel good about your home. It’s your turn to host girl’s night, and you dread it. You love your friends, but you’re embarrassed about your house. You’ll have to clean every night after work to get it together. Instead of looking forward to a fun evening, you’re overwhelmed, discouraged, and depressed.

At some point, clutter becomes an emotional burden, not just a physical problem. Clutter tends to spread. As it spreads, it becomes more time-consuming to deal with.

Avoiding dealing with clutter isn't a long-term solution. If you don’t deal with clutter, it won’t get any better and will probably get worse. On top of that, you'll carry the emotional burden of clutter for as long as the problem exists.

That’s no way to live.

Clear the clutter and you’ll to start to feel good about your home again. 3. You gain a sense of accomplishment. Think about that last thing you put off doing because you just didn't want to do it. Procrastinating probably didn’t make you feel much better. that's because procrastination delays the problem but doesn't solve it. Once you completed the task, you felt better because you no longer had to dread dealing with the problem and you felt a sense of accomplishment.

Feelings of accomplishment are great mood boosters. It feels good to mark things off of a to-do list, complete an unfinished project, or achieve a goal. Decluttering provides that same feeling of accomplishment.

Clear the clutter, then stand back and look at the difference your efforts made. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. You earned it!

4. You reduce relationship stress caused by clutter. Here’s a typical example of how clutter creates relationship stress: In the beginning, you and your significant other simply ignored the clutter. But as the clutter grew, so did the arguments. The early disagreements were about how the house looked. Then came arguments about not being able to do this or that because of the clutter. Over time, the escalating and ongoing stress hurt the relationship.

To reduce the friction, deal with the clutter. This requires compromise. Whatever compromise you come up with is ok. The only requirement is that everyone buys into the solution.

Clear the clutter and you reduce the stress it produces.


Clutter isn’t just a physical problem. There’s also an emotional element. It affects how we feel about our home and ourselves. It can even affect our relationship with others.

You can solve the clutter problem and it won’t cost you a penny. Clear the clutter. You’ll feel better and create a space that you can enjoy once again.

How does clutter affect you? Feel free to email me at anita (@) simplelife365.com and let me know.

Next: You might enjoy reading 12 Ways to Clear the Clutter.

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