One of my big goals this year is to declutter my house. I did an initial decluttering back in 2017. However, I was not very thorough with it. So this year, I am working towards doing a better job of it. I know that it will take quite some time to get it all done. Yet, I also know it will be well worth the time and effort. While our house hasn’t fallen to the rank of a hoarder nightmare, it has been a bit of a disaster for some time. We have lived here almost twelve years, and that means twelve years of stuff has accumulated. It is easy to just toss things in a box, place that in the closet and forget about it. However, that does not solve the clutter issue. That merely hides it. Breaking that habit will be hard, but it will be well worth it.
To help me keep my focus, I have made a list of decluttering goals. I don’t want to declutter just because I should. There needs to be a reason behind it. Without a good reason, I will likely fail or fall back into clutter collection soon after I am done.
- Make the house more functional. When your house is full of clutter it is hard to get things done. Not only is there stuff everywhere, it’s hard to remember what you own and where it is. I would love to be able to accomplish something without first scouring the house for that item I need.
- Make cleaning easier. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to clean. No one wants to spend an hour moving things out of a room just to vacuum it. Then you need to spend more time moving it all back. I have done this for too many years and it’s time to change. By decluttering my house, I will no longer have to slave all day just to clean a single room. Having less stuff will also mean less hidden dust and dirt that could very well affect out health.
- Make our house a home. I have never really felt that this house was a home. Most of that stems from the clutter. It’s hard to see something as a home when it feels like a storage container. With all the stuff removed, I am sure that I will start to love this house and in turn it will feel like a home.
- Reclaim my laundry room. For years my laundry room has been a joke. I would describe it as a storage room that happens to have a washer and dryer in it. To make matter worse, I have often needed to move piles of stuff just to reach the laundry machines. This has made doing the laundry a complete hassle. Decluttering this room will make things so much easier for laundry days.
- No more storage in the bathroom. Much like the laundry room, our downstairs bathroom has been a storage area. It was an easy place to just thrown stuff that didn’t really fit anywhere else. Since we rarely used this bathroom, it was easy to forget about all that stuff. Now is the time to change that. Perhaps with the stuff gone, we will use the bathroom as it was intended.
- Less stress. Clutter leads to stress. I have been dealing with stress, anxiety and depression for years. I feel that getting rid of all that stuff that causes my stress and anxiety to flair up will help me in the long run.
I think those are some pretty solid goals. Spring is a great time to declutter, as many people will be working through spring cleaning. Why not combine the two? Decluttering will certainly make spring cleaning smoother. So, over the next few months I will be sharing my progress with these goals. I will work on one room at a time until it is done, otherwise I will be stuck with partial decluttered rooms and nothing to show for it.