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Decluttering is Part of Self-Care

I have been Marie Kondo-ing my house for the last week. It started small and has now grown into a full-blown obsession. I’ve always been a fan of her methods, but the Netflix series kicked me into high gear (like everyone else.)

I have never been a fan of clutter. I like things organized and orderly. If the room or closet looks cluttered, my anxiety kicks in. And when my anxiety kicks in, I can’t relax. I’m so focused on what needs to go where or why so many things are in the room.

We have a storage room just off our basement that is full of “all the things” we’re not using but “might need one day.” It quickly became a place to put things that we didn’t need or were in the way. New dining room chairs? Put the old ones in the storage room. Boxes of stuff from the closet we cleaned out? Put them in the storage room.

We got fed up with this and my wonderful partner took it upon himself to go through everything in the closets and the storage room down there. We hauled a mattress out to the curb for pickup, donated several things to Habitat for Humanity, and dropped some old electronics off at the recycling center. We also threw out a ton of papers, boxes, etc.

As I was watching the room empty and things go away, I immediately felt relaxed. My boxing bag is in the storage room and I haven’t been able to use it for months because we kept throwing random stuff in there. Keeping our space decluttered is another form of self-care. It shows I value the things I bring into my home and that I know when to let go of things that no longer benefit me or give me purpose. There’s no reason to hold on to things we’re not wearing or using that are just taking up space.

How does decluttering improve your life?

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