This Is How Decluttering Your Life Can Improve Your Overall Well-Being

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You’ve promised yourself every new year that you would clear out the closets and garage for a fresh start; however, you probably haven't started yet. Would you believe that the clutter may be why you can’t seem to get rid of the clutter? How ~meta~, right? Here are three things that do not happen when you refuse to declutter. 

1. You can discover hidden treasures

Sure, you may find a dollar stashed away in your pocket here and there. You do not, however, get the potential to score big until you decide to clear out that overcrowded basement or attic. 

There have been numerous stories of couples coming into significant cash while clearing out seeming junk from the uninhabited parts of their homes. Take, for instance, the Cleveland couple who found upwards of $23,000 wrapped in wax paper inside of an old lunchbox. They never imagined that such treasure was right underneath their noses and, no doubt, used the extra money to fund their renovation efforts further. You could be the next person in the public’s eye with such great news if you’d only declutter. 

2. Productivity levels are always lower than you desire

Your brain identifies clutter and automatically knows it must work harder to get things done. Sometimes, your mind works so hard to stay ahead of the race that it slows you down as you begin to thoroughly analyze how you must move the exercise ball out of the way to get to the desk, which has loads of paper and other goods on top of it. You may not get as much done when you try to operate in a messy environment since procrastination becomes a thing in the wake of everything you must do before getting started on a project.

A decluttered room, then, leads to a freed mind. A 2011 study conducted by neurologists of Princeton University supports this statement with an experiment in which experts waged the productivity levels of persons operating a messy environment with those working in a neat and tidy space. The results from the observation found that physical clutter served as a distraction for those working in crowded areas and, hence, inhibited their ability to put their best foot forward on projects. Reaching your full potential may be a matter of you throwing a few things away. 

3. Your living space will always be "a bit cramped"

You think that you need a bigger house. The reality is that you need to start throwing things out. Cluttered space always comes off as small because of all the stuff that’s being harbored. 

Marie Kondo knows a little something about cramped rooms caused by clutter, which is why she wrote the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, on how to determine what’s for keeps and what should go. She writes, “The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: ‘Does this spark joy?’ If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.” An expert has spoken!

Some people find it more difficult than others to declutter and may actually suffer from a medical condition known as hoarding. The majority of us, however, just need to roll up our sleeves and start throwing shit out this year. What do you think?

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