When it comes to decluttering, so many people get stuck on the hurdles that come up in the process that they procrastinate and never actually take action to kick the clutter.
These hurdles can be tiny or big – it doesn’t matter – the point is, they let a problem get in their way and either stop them in the middle of their progress or keep them from ever diving in and starting.
And I get it. When I tackled all the clutter in my house years ago, it was the worst time for me.
I had three kids under age three. I was seriously struggling with depression and all I wanted to do was go to bed and turn on Netflix.
I had no money, an overwhelming house, my marriage was a mess and Brian was not on board with minimalism.
I had every reason not to do this. I had every single excuse and everything stacked against me. And yet, I did it.
I don’t talk about this stuff for nothing. This isn’t just something that I randomly do or that I just like talking about or that I’m just good at. This stuff really matters.
When I realized that my stuff didn’t have to own me. That I could put it in its place and simplify. That I could focus on what actually matters and live my life instead of cleaning up after it all the time, everything changed for me.
And it breaks my heart when I see people not understanding that. I get that life is really busy, really full and there’s a lot of different things pulling at your focus and attention.
But the reward is so great! And I want that for you. I want your freedom for you.
And so I decided to write your ‘why’ for you. I’m literally writing 4 reasons why – no matter what’s going on – you need to declutter your home NOW!
Materialism is directly related to depression.
In an article published by Leaf Van Boven at the University of Colorado, it’s stated that investing financial resources in experiences makes people happier than investing in material possessions. Van Boven basically came to find that materialism is directly linked to narcissism and depression. That’s pretty heavy.
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2. Your home is meant to be a haven (and it can be)
There was another study done by Darby Saxby and Rena Rapetti published by Sage Publications called “No Place Like Home.”
Here’s a quote I pulled from it: “The home can be a place to unwind from the work day, but when housework and home repairs compete for the attention of time-strapped, working parents, home can become more of a source of demands than a haven from the outside world.”
Who’s feeling like they want to raise their hands? Who feels like your home is a giant chore list instead of a shelter from the outside world?
What can we do to make our homes more of a haven for ourselves, our husbands and our children?
The answer: Create less work. That’s why I’m so hard hitting about minimalism. Because how you feel about your home is how you feel about your life in general.
3. Less housework (can I get an amen)?
A study done at Harvard University stated that “eliminating clutter would cut housework by 40%.”
How would your life even look if you had 40% less housework every day? That’s a whole lot less of a burden on you.
Just let that sink in.
4. You’ll be happier
Another study that I talk about all the time was done at UCLA and it found that the more stuff that’s in a woman’s house the higher her level of the stress hormone cortisol. The study found that women subconsciously relate how happy they are with their home life and family to how they feel about their house.
So the more clutter and chaos in the home, the less happy the woman was with her family and her life.
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE YOUR #MOMLIFE
You’re the hero in your story, sweets. You’ve just been bogged down by STUFF + STRESS.
I’m ready to put you on a better path – the path to PEACE! Let’s do this.
Your Uncluttered Home is an online course to help you clear the clutter, reduce your stress, and create more space for what matters.
There’s your ‘why.’ There’s four reasons you need to get serious about the stuff that’s taking up space in your home.
If you’re coming up with excuses, I want to give you a pep talk and just tell you to stop overcomplicating this. You know exactly what the problem is and you know exactly what the solution is.
Stop overcomplicating it and just do it.
If you’re having trouble finding the time, decide this is a priority. Treat this like it matters.
Even if it’s just 30 minutes a week. It’s something and something is better than nothing.
10 minutes is better than no minutes.
Start somewhere that’s sucking up a lot of your time and energy. Maybe that’s your kitchen. Start with the dishes.
Simplify. All you need is a dish per person. Let the rest go.
Or start somewhere really easy like the bathroom. Let that be an easy ‘yes’ and ‘no’ area and build the momentum you need to keep going.
Eventually you will get to the other side where you can say,”Wow, things are lighter.” And you’re going to be in maintenance mode and it’s going to be awesome.
Please let this serve as your big ‘why’ and let it push you forward and just start.
Life is short. And it can be so good and so purposeful. But you’ve gotta decide that it’s worth it.
Clean out the clutter and start living your life. Because you’re happiness is worth the work.