Why Decluttering Improves Your Well-Being

Clutter can negatively impact well-being by making us feel uncomfortable, anxious, and stressed. This is especially true for people who are highly sensitive since clutter can easily overstimulate the mind and the senses. Distractions occur more regularly and there are fewer opportunities to relax both physically and mentally. Over time, frustration builds up and you can even become less productive.

Although not seen as fun or pleasant by the majority of people, decluttering and tidying up is an essential form of self-care and personal organization. It’s about removing items that are unnecessary, outdated, or untidy while keeping what sparks joy, utility, and positive vibes. Marie Kondo became a worldwide expert on this subject after publishing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and some of the tips I’m about to share come from her book.

How to Declutter?

Once you decide to initiate the process, decluttering can seem daunting and overwhelming. This is especially true if you have accumulated a lot of stuff and you are already running out of storage space. Keep calm and breathe deeply. It gets worse before it gets better, believe me. Here is a quick step-by-step guide on how to start decluttering:

Step 1

Remove all items of place and put them on the floor to be easier to sort them through.

Step 2

Only keep items that bring you joy or that are useful on a regular basis. Everything else must go. You can either throw them away, donate or recycle.

Step 3

Clean the items and their place of storage before putting them back in. As you hold each item, go through the decluttering question-list once again to make sure you only keep what’s best for you.

Decluttering Question-List

Decluttering might seem easy but it can involve deep thinking and meaningful reflections. To make the process easier and more goal-oriented, it might be useful to hold each item separately and ask the following questions:

  • Does it make me feel good?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • Is it efficient?

Benefits of Decluttering

After going through a decluttering session, you are likely to feel clearer and more energetic. This is a process that not only improves our physical space but also our headspace. We have more space both physically and mentally, which in turn gives us a certain sense of freedom and clarity. Such experience eventually overflows to other areas of our life.

In a nutshell, we may say decluttering improves well-being because:

  • Saves time
  • Reduces stress
  • Creates space
  • Makes decision-making easier
  • Increases consciousness

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44 Comments

  1. Great tips! I often feel lighter after de-cluttering.
    Many Blessings
    Lisa

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    1. Me too! It’s refreshing. A tiny reset. Sending love ๐Ÿค—

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    2. This is a good post, sharing the reasons why decluttering is important for your mental health. Thank you for sharing.

      Lauren

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      1. Thank you, lovely ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. I hate chaos + clutter. Even though my house is beyond organized + clean, Iโ€™m often like can I declutter more lol. It feels therapeutic to get rid of the old + make new space. Itโ€™s so addicting lol

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    1. That’s great. It really helps the mind and getting organised around the house. I’m afraid I’m the exact opposite, hahah. When I finish the process, I have to start all over again.

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      1. That was so relatable ๐Ÿ˜ญ the starting over again ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. I love a good decluttering and organisation, it makes me feel so good when I know things are organised and tidy. Thank you for sharing these tips.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

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  4. Dear Vanessa,

    Thank you for your decluttering tips. I’m a hoarder from hart, but minimalist by action. I have recently been more about removing items from my life and your steps are a great guide to have when looking at what I have in my life.

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  5. Penny says:

    Lovely tips, Vanessa! De-cluttering definitely changes my whole mood and I feel very refreshed afterwards, it honestly works like as a therapy! Thank you so much for sharing. xx Penny / http://www.whatdidshetype.com

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  6. Pinecanvas says:

    I am stuck in viciouse circle of too much stuff and I might need it later. Any tips for breaking this?

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    1. You can apply the 6-month rule: if you put it aside and you don’t use it in the following 6-months, then you are likely not going to use it and it got to go ๐Ÿ™Œ

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      1. PineCanvas says:

        I keep planning decluttering… but don’t dare to start … I might end up throwing everything out to spare myself from sorting

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  7. I’m always scared to begin the process of decluttering an area. I feel like I’m going to regret losing something I get rid of. But I always end up loving the result afterwards. I just have to remember that feeling when I’m trying to motivate myself to start.

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    1. It’s a good strategy to focus on ‘after feelings’. I think the more you do it, the less attached you become to stuff, and the easier it gets. Thanks for commenting!

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  8. janera says:

    Decluttering makes me feel less stressed. Great tips

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    1. Thank you, Janera! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. Life Simile says:

    You correctly stated, “Decluttering and tidying up is a necessary form of self-care and personal organization, even if it is not perceived as entertaining or pleasant by the majority of people.”

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  10. I do this while deep cleaning, but this letting go is hard. There is always this question: what if I need it later? Oh and then there are tons of kids things: “This is important! It doesn’t matter I don’t play with it … ever” Any tips for this? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. It’s tough sometimes indeed. Try to apply the 6 month rule: if no wear or use within the next six months… out with it ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ’š

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  11. Stefan says:

    Some great tips here, Vanessa. I know a fair few people who could use your checklist. Also: totally agree that decluttering can be a boost to mental health.

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    1. Thanks, Stefan! Feel free to share the checklist. At the end of the process, it feels very refreshing and worth it.

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  12. I 100% agree that decluttering is great for our well-being. I recently moved into a new apartment and decluttered before and after we packed/unpacked and it was cathartic (much needed). I definitely want to do more and this was a great post to read to get me motivated!

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  13. I really rate Marie Kondo’s method too. I couldn’t agree more with you! After a good decluttering session I always feel less stressed and more productive. Tidy room, tidy mind ๐Ÿ™‚ I shall be applying these tips when I have to move again because I’m pretty certain there’s more clutter to cull! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. Let me know how it goes. I’m applying some of these this weekend. A tidy room helps a lot x

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  14. Eri Tz says:

    I am definitely with you on this one. Clutter just brings chaos outside and inside me. I try to find time to declutter at least twice each year. Thank you for your tips!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience and results with decluttering โค๏ธ

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  15. Izzy Matias says:

    I enjoy decluttering but agree with what you said that it involves a lot of deep thinking on whether or not to keep an item. I try to declutter my room or at least my desk as often as I can. I noticed when my desk is clean it’s so much easier to get motivated to work again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Izzy Matias says:

    I enjoy decluttering but agree with what you said that it involves a lot of deep thinking on whether or not to keep an item. I try to declutter my room or at least my desk as often as I can. I noticed when my desk is clean itโ€™s so much easier to get motivated to work again! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thatโ€™s so true ๐Ÿ˜Š decluttering our desks reduces potential distractions and the overwhelming visual aspect of working in the middle of total chaos ๐Ÿ˜… Iโ€™m guilty of that one, actually I should go decluttering my desk this weekend, ahah. Thank you for reading and for sharing your experience, Izzy โค๏ธ

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  17. Becky says:

    LOVE a good decluttering session!
    Thelifestylebloggeruk.com

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    1. Yes, it’s so refreshing! โค๏ธ Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  18. De-cluttering ALWAYS improves my mental well-being. I can’t stand clutter and too much “stuff” around me, it makes me really stressed and anxious!

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    1. Hi Jenny! I’m glad it does have such a positive impact on you. It can really be a way to reduce anxiety. Thanks for sharing your experience and reading ๐Ÿ˜Š x

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  19. A good declutter can be very good way to feel like you’ve achieved something, and if you donate the stuff you don’t want to charity, then you can also get that feeling of doing something good too. Although I don’t think I could do it based on if something gave me joy, because I don’t feel those kinds of things for stuff

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    1. Good call, that’s definitely a good way to give back to the community ๐Ÿ˜Š I usually do that too. Thank you for reading and sharing your experience! ๐Ÿค—

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  20. CristinaR says:

    These are amazing tips! I really have to read Marie Kondo’s book! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. It’s a good reference ๐Ÿ˜Š Let us know when you get to it! ๐Ÿ“š Thanks for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿค—

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  21. Twishaa says:

    I have never understood the reason why I feel so better after decluttering but I know that messy wardrobes/drawers/cupboards make me feel irritated and cranky. Thank you for explaining this. I also feel that old, broken and stale items carry a lot of negative energy and by getting rid of them you are actually creating space for positive chi to flow.
    I am going to take your post as a sign of using the weekend to declutter ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a lovely weekend x
    Twishaa
    https://fivemagpies.blog/

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  22. I currently need to declutter. I liked the questions you asked. Does its make me feel good? It’s good question because when I am cleaning up and throwing things away I ask myself does this thing bring good memories back to mind or bad ones? Do I need this? Is this helping me in any way. Its good to even think about why am I keeping something.

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  23. Caroline says:

    I recently did a big declutter of books and clothes and I feel so much better for it! I’ve still got to go through my nick nacks, but it’s less overwhelming x

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  24. (Kitty) Cat Strawberry - Meow! says:

    This is a great post. I definitely feel better when I declutter and should declutter again. I’m not sure I agree with Marie Kondo’s advice on decluttering everything that doesn’t serve a purpose or is used frequently…I’m a bit of a book and videogame horder๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜…

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  25. I always feel better after a good decluttering and with the changing season I will be doing this again soon! Thanks for sharing these tips!

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