Did you know that there are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times)? 25% percent of people with two car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them, compared to 32% only have room for one vehicle (US Department of Energy). Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for misplaced items. Research found we lose up to nine items every day- or 198,743 in a lifetime. Phones, keys, sunglasses, and paperwork top the list (The Daily Mail). It’s obvious that we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter. Our toy rooms are messy, our drawers don’t close, and things fall out of our closets every time you open the door. Clutter is all around us. Are you ready to start purging yet?
Mental Health Benefits of Being Clutter Free
Once you achieve a minimalist lifestyle, you will start to notice some mental and physical health benefits. The mental benefits of course are the biggest and most noticeable. Once you purge your belongings you will feel less stress, less anxiety, more inner peace, self-confidence, have stronger decision making skills, and improved sleep. A clutter free environment allows you to live and perform tasks of daily living because everything you need is available and accessible. It also contributes to well-being because you subconsciously feel like you are providing yourself with a higher level of self-care.
As for the physical health benefits, it removes dust particles and toxins from the air both which improve allergy symptoms and overall health. Decluttering makes you feel better because it’s an accomplishment. You rid yourself of anxiety, embarrassment, family stresses, and some kind of despair. When you relieve these feelings and learn how to throw things away, you feel better. All of a sudden your environment becomes livable, bigger, and open.
The statistics mentioned above definitely are eye opening and paint a pretty good picture about how much we accumulate stuff over time. Decluttering certainly isn’t difficult. The invitation to own less is an invitation to freedom. Find your freedom today and finally get rid of the clutter!
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