It seems like we are all “consumed” with the act of consumption. Just think of the last item you bought, was it really necessary or you pretty much convinced yourself that it is crucial for your daily living? It is typically the latter, and these items end up cluttering your home and eventually taking up space in a landfill. Read on to learn what you should dispose of, and why it is important to do so.
Decluttering to improve your attention
A clutter leads to a cluttered mind. According to a study done by researchers from Princeton University, those in cluttered space were less capable of prolonged focus than people in an organized environment. The reason for this is the hyper-stimulation of the visual cortex which prevents the brain from processing information properly, resulting in delayed attention.
Decluttering as a form of stress-relief
A cluttered space is tough on the mind, and this has been backed up by science. In a study done by researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF), the link between 32 middle-class families and the items in their homes were inspected over the course of 4 years. It was found that stress and poor management of physical possessions were the critical problem in cluttered households.
Minimalism as unfiltered joy
Minimalism conveys the idea of ‘less is more’. Minimalists tend to limit themselves to only a couple of items that please them, and dispose of everything else. This helps them liberate from the sense of attachment to material possessions and derive joy from other aspects of life, like nature and moments between loved ones.
How to Declutter Your Home to Declutter Your Life
Below is a short list of items that you should get rid of. As daunting as it seems, the social and mental benefits of decluttering are more than worth the anxiety you might feel from disposing of all the things you don’t need.
- Old toiletries like bottles and gels which are likely expired! Swap them for fewer, natural products
- Dried up nail polish
- Worn out bath mats, which are packed with germs
- Old air freshener
- Old makeup
- Duplicate cooking utensils (you don’t need two whisks or spatulas)
- Extra or unused coffee mugs (everyone needs only one mug)
- Old spices
- Old shopping bags
- Magnets (Not all of them have sentimental value
Your bedroom and wardrobe:
- Worn out sheets and bedding
- Scarves and other accessories (you haven’t worn it in the past year, get rid of it!)
- Old, unused hangers
- Old dresses (not all of them have a sentimental value, haven’t they?)
- Stockings with runs
Your living room:
- Newspapers (if you didn’t read it the day it was delivered, you’re probably not going to read it ever)
- DVDs (just think of the last time you popped in a DVD to watch?)
- Toys your kids no longer play with (donate them)
- Old unused batteries (get rid of them properly)
- Furniture manual