How are your finances?
Are you often feeling overwhelmed and stressed?
Do you find your health suffering, and regularly feeling tired?
Do you struggle to accomplish your goals and managing your time effectively?
Is your home a safe haven or does it lack the peace and order you long for?
One simple task can immediately improve your life in each of these areas.
First, let me ask you this, how often do you walk into your home or look around and think, how is it possible that there is stuff everywhere? You just spent the entire day cleaning only a short time ago, and yet in no time, your home looks messy. When you have a lot of clutter, it does not take long for things to look messy. You look around and there is stuff everywhere.
This is just one of the results of clutter. Excess clutter in our homes has many negative effects. Excess clutter affects our finances, our mental state, and even our physical health. Clutter steals your time and focus, making it more difficult to pursue your goals. Perhaps most important, it robs you of that feeling of peace and comfort that your home should provide.
Minimizing the clutter in your home can have a large and immediate impact Here are five ways to improve your life by eliminating excess clutter.
1. Eliminating Excess Clutter Improves your Finances:
There is no question, having a lot of clutter affects our finances. Stop reading and spend just spend 30 seconds thinking about it. How many ways did you see that excess clutter affects your finances?
First, when you have lots of stuff, you often don’t even realize what you have or where it is. When you can’t find something, you go out and purchase it again. I know there have been more times than I care to admit that I have purchased something, only to realize later, that I already had it?
In addition, having too much stuff to manage often results in having to pay unnecessary late fees. Overdue fines for library books and DVD rentals happen because we misplace them. When your desk is cluttered, you forget to pay a bill that is buried amongst the clutter. The result is that you have now accrued late fees.
However, when you eliminate the excess clutter, your finances are immediately improved. You no longer purchase items you already own because you know where everything is. When you have a specific clutter free place for library books and bills, you eliminate overdue fines and late charges.
Thus, the result of eliminating excess clutter is an immediate improvement in your finances.
2. Eliminating Excess Clutter Improves Your Mental Well-Being
Clutter causes stress. There was research conducted at UCLA, where the researchers observed 32 Los Angeles families. As part of the study, the researchers learned that each of the mom’s who were taking part in the study, had their stress hormones spike during the time they spent dealing with their belongings.
Clutter has the effect of overloading your senses and making you feel stressed. The stress is exasperated because you cannot maintain your home. With excess clutter, you miss place items, waste time looking for things and have general feelings of overwhelm.
When you eliminate the excess clutter from your home, you will be able to maintain its cleanliness and have a sense of well-being and peace as you look around at a neat and orderly environment. You can immediately eliminate unnecessary stress in your life, by eliminating unnecessary clutter.
Related: How To Stay Clutter Free For Good
3. Eliminating Excess Clutter Improves Your Physical Health
Not only does clutter have a large impact on your finances and mental well-being, but it can have a large impact on your physical health as well. As I explained above, clutter causes unnecessary stress. Stress is known to have serious effects on your physical health.
But in addition to the physical dangers of carrying around a lot of stress, excess clutter may even be making you fat. Yes, it’s true, research has shown that there is an association between the clutter people have, and their excess weight.
In addition, too much clutter can result in excessive dust and animal dander that collects in cluttered homes. When your home has a lot of dust and dander, allergies and asthma symptoms will increase.
By eliminating excess clutter, you eliminate these dangers to your physical health.
Related: Get Started Clutter Free
4. Eliminating Excess Clutter Improves Your Ability to Accomplish Goals
In addition to the financial impact of not knowing what you have or where it is, you spend extra time looking for, buying and carrying for all the stuff you have. Because of the extra time expended caring for your stuff, the time you have to work on your goals is limited.
When you have a lot of clutter, it will be difficult to stay organized. Being disorganized can mess up your entire day. Starting your day searching for your keys or important documents you need is no fun.
For one thing, it can often make you late. When you are late for an important meeting or event, you are not going to be performing at your best. Searching for lost keys and papers distracts you and steals your focus. When you are distracted and unfocused you are more likely to suffer missed opportunities.
Proper time management is a key component to achieving our goals. Excess clutter taxes your time and has a direct impact on your goals.
However, when you eliminate the excess clutter from your home, you are able to be more focused and purposeful with your time. When you are purposeful with your time you will create greater productivity and get closer to achieving your goals.
5. Eliminating Excess Clutter Creates a Peaceful and Inviting Home.
Excess clutter robs your home of peace and prohibits hospitality. When your home is a mess from excess clutter, the last thing you want is to have people stop by. It can be embarrassing as you come up with excuses for why your home is messy. Or if you know guests are coming, rather then focus on your guests, you are running around trying to clean up before they get there.
Instead of your home being a haven for you family from the natural stresses of the outside world, your home becomes stressful itself because of the excess clutter everywhere.
However, when you begin to eliminate the excess clutter, you will be able to maintain cleanliness. Your home becomes a place of order, rather than a place of chaos. When you are no longer focusing on all of your stuff, you will be able to focus on creating an environment of peace and comfort.
What are the benefits you see from eliminating excess clutter from your home? Let us know in the comments.
For further reading, I highly recommend Joshua Becker’s “The More of Less: Finding the Life you Want Under Everything You Own”
Now, Live Simply, Live Fully and make today your Favorite day!