Simple ways to declutter your home for healthier living

Simple ways to declutter your home for healthier living

I love the idea of living a more natural life. For me it means stripping away the unnecessary, going back to basics, and trusting what our bodies and the earth were designed to do. More than ever, this idea of “natural living” seems to appeal to so many people. I think it is partly because we live in a world that is brimming with unnecessary stuff. And partly because we are all over-stressed and have to much to do. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to declutter.

Simple ways to declutter your home (and why you should).

For years I have noticed how the space around me has affected my own health and well being.  When I’m free from clutter I think clearer, stretch and move more, and breath deeper. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. Research has shown that clutter affects us in a lot of ways:

  • Clutter can make you feel tired and lethargic
  • Clutter keeps you living in the past rather than the present moment
  • Clutter can affect your body weight
  • It can make thinking clearly difficult
  • If affects the way you treat people
  • It can make you feel ashamed

But let’s not just focus on the bad. Living a clutter-free life is really empowering. I’m always on the look out for simple ways to declutter my own home… and it’s pretty clutter-free. I love how often people tell me that my home makes them feel good. That they can think clearly and feel relaxed when they are here. It’s a great motivator to want to keep my space open and free.

Simple ways to declutter your home (and why you should).

For some, the idea of “decluttering” can be a bit overwhelming (especially if you are juggling that whole parenthood and life thing). But I want to provide you some simple ways to declutter and get back to basics:

3 simple ways to declutter

1. Find 10 things to get rid of

Most of us have things lying around that either we don’t use, don’t need, or forgot we even owned. Without putting too much thought into it, find 10 items that you can either sell, give away, or trash (even better: recycle it if you can!).

2. Take 10 minutes a day

Simple ways to declutter your home (and why you should).

You may feel like getting to the bottom of your junk would require a professional team, a year’s worth of time, or some amazing magic trick. However, you may be amazed at what 10 minutes a day will do. Set a timer. Dive in. And then leave the rest for the next day.

3. Make a list before you shop

When you go shopping, make a list of what you really need. If you find something on your list ask yourself if it is something that will really add to your life. If you aren’t sure, give it 24 hours before buying it. Sometimes our clutter simply is a result of impulsive shopping. Go do a few sun salutations instead.

What about you? Do you have any tips or simple ways to declutter and getting rid of all that stuff?

 

This post is part of Motivation MondayMonday Mania,  Clever Chicks,  Sweet Sharing MondayCreative Juice Thursday, Small Footprint FridaySunday School, and Simple Lives Thursday.

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19 comments

  1. Cari @ Humblepursuits

    Something in, something out rule. Use clothes your ready to pitch on a trip and don’t come home with them. Hold a swap for clothing/ nail polish your tired of but are still in good condition. Donate items to a goodwill; it’s easier to get rid off things if you know it’s going to a good cause, find a donation center aligned with a cause you care about. Don’t hold onto stuff to upcycle for too long or it too will turn into clutter. (The last one is the hardest for me.)


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      robin

      Great tips, Cari! I especially love the old clothes on a trip one… because I hate packing! :)
      We definitely donate a LOT to our nearby thrift store. I even took my wedding dress there are couple of years ago. I thought about selling it, but figured someone might really need it who couldn’t afford one. Like you said, it’s always best if you get rid of things to a good cause.

  2. Ashley @ Ashley's Green Life

    I’m a huge decluttering fan as well! I used to be really into feng shui and clutter was a huge no-no for that too. I love clean, open, clutter-free spaces…I try to keep it that way in my preschool classroom and at home (it’s much easier to keep my classroom clean than it is my home!). Thanks for sharing these simple tips, I feel like doing a some much-needed decluttering tonight! ( :


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      robin

      Me, too. I’m usually really good about decluttering, but there are a few closets in my home that have been building up too much. Going to tackle those asap!

  3. Molly lasater

    One of my favorite topics and things to do! There’s a famous quote (sorry cannot remember who said it): simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. I always keep this in mind at home!

    I’ve found it liberating to also purge my kitchen cabinets of food items or cooking ware that I don’t use much, as well as purging my cosmetics and hair products that tend to pile up! Those items are welcome at goodwill stores as well!

  4. Heather

    I keep several boxes around my house to catch things that need to go to Goodwill. I have one in the laundry room and my closet. As soon as they are filled I close em up and drop them off and replace them with an empty box.

    I also have a box for consignment items. I have found taking things to the consignment store encourages me to get rid of things I might otherwise hold onto. They only take things that are in style, so there is an incentive to let it go after I no longer use it.

    My last box is seasonal. If something out of season pops up through the laundry, I toss it into the seasonal box.

    With a family of 5 (3 kids ages 6, 7, 10) I swear our clothes reproduce on their own. I can drop off a car load and then have another car load a month or two later.


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      robin

      I hear you on the clothes reproduction! Ha! So true.

      Sounds like you have a great system going on, Heather. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Scott

    Wait 24 hours. If it is something that you do not need *(i.e. it is not on your list) put it down and wait 24 hours before buying it.

  6. Kristen

    The book “Live More, Want Less” by Mary Carlomango is the best I’ve ever read on this subject! It gives you small, practical, attainable steps and new ways of doing things..chapter by chapter, step by step, one step every day :) I swear it renews your outlook on the constant desire to have more and consume, freeing you of it, hence…happier you :) I’m in the process of a huge downsizing, just simplifying my life and it’s sooo nice to let go of things that no longer serve you! I really feel like at a point what you own starts to own you. It’s great to have what I really need (not want)and that’s it. So easy :) All I can say is read this book!

    1. Linda

      Sounds like I’ll have to read this book. The sad truth is that our “Wants” are always greater than our “needs” and this causes problems in the world that go way beyond our own homes…….think – wasted fuel resources, landfill…………………..we all need to make huge changes!!!

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