Why You Should Declutter Your Home

by Jess Rehll - October 19, 2022

It’s inevitable—stuff accumulates in your home over time. The years pass, and before you know it, you have boxes and bins piled in the garage. Every closet is packed to the brim, and you can’t find the toaster because of the clutter on your kitchen countertops. If you need the motivation to declutter, think about these benefits.

Feel More Relaxed

Wide open spaces make you feel calm and relaxed. It’s one reason high ceilings and open floor plans are so popular right now. But if your rooms are filled with heavy furniture and accessories, you’ve canceled out the benefits. Clear it out, and the open space will envelop you.

Decluttering also makes it easier to find what you need. You remember the last time you needed a screwdriver and spent many frustrating minutes searching drawers and cabinets. When you declutter, you keep the essential items and put them in a purposeful place.

Prevent Pest Infestations

Clutter can encourage pests such as spiders to live in your home. Insects, mice, and other uninvited guests make themselves at home among the cracks and crevices caused by piles of stuff. This is not only a nuisance, but it can cause serious problems to your health and the integrity of your home.

Decluttering eliminates the places where pests hide. It also makes it easier for you to dust, vacuum, and disinfect. This is especially important in areas where you prepare and eat food because the pests will feast on crumbs that drop between the tiny spaces of cluttered items.

Stay Healthier

A decluttered home is also a healthier home for a number of reasons. When you can clean down to the floors and baseboards, you can get rid of dust and allergens that can cause respiratory allergies and asthma. Wiping down countertops, the top of the refrigerator, and other flat surfaces can also help allergies. Mold and mildew can also be health risks, especially in basements, bathrooms, and other damp places. Declutter these areas so you can regularly clean and disinfect them. You’ll also be able to spot leaky plumbing more easily.

Decluttering is beneficial for your mental and physical health. The task can be overwhelming, so make a clean-out plan and tackle each area of your home, one step at a time. After you’re finished, you can take a deep breath and enjoy your wide-open spaces.

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