Why Decluttering Improves Your WellBeing & How To Do It In 3 Steps

The Consequences of Not Decluttering

Clutter can negatively impact our 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.

Why Decluttering Improves Wellbeing

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 It’s about removing items that are unnecessary, outdated, or untidy while keeping what sparks joy, utility, and positive vibes.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.

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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. This experience eventually overflows to other areas of our life.

In a nutshell, we may say decluttering improves well-being because it facilitates decisions, increases awareness, promotes wellbeing, saves time, reduces stress, and creates space.

How to Declutter?
Decluttering in 3 Steps

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 them.

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 use the following questions in Step 2:

Final Thoughts

Decluttering is an important chore and we can benefit a great deal if we do it on a regular basis. It can not only be taken as an act of self-care as well as a starting point to bring more clarity into our life.

If the task feels rather daunting to you, you can manage it better by breaking the process into three steps. The first step is all about separating and creating categories of items. This can be somewhat messy so I recommend that you start small: choose only one category to work through at a time.

The second step is psychologically challenging for many of us. Do your best, to be honest with yourself and embrace the questions I shared in this blog post with courage, determination and self-discipline.

The final and last step is all about restoring order and freeing both your physical and psychological environment from the chaos there was once. Once you come to the end of the process, you will feel that your mission was accomplished.

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54 thoughts on “Why Decluttering Improves Your WellBeing & How To Do It In 3 Steps

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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? πŸ™‚

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  5. 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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  6. 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 πŸ™‚ 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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  7. 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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  8. 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! πŸ™‚

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  9. 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! πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s so true 😊 decluttering our desks reduces potential distractions and the overwhelming visual aspect of working in the middle of total chaos πŸ˜… I’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 ❀️

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  10. 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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  11. 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 πŸ™‚

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

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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 horderπŸ€«πŸ™ˆπŸ˜…

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  15. oh, that cover photo is making me anxious! I keep trying to declutter, but it seems like an impossible task with kids. There are so many toys – no one plays, but they have to be πŸ™‚ and also all these crafts they make – how do you get rid of these?

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