‘Ever since I decluttered my house, it feels so much calmer’. Do you recognize this? What is it about decluttering stuff, that no longer serves an emotional of practical purpose in our lives, that increases peace of mind?
I think this feeling of calmness can be explained by the following. Almost every item we own, is linked to an action. This may sound weird, but take a look at the following examples:
- Clothes that want to be worn
- Cosmetics that want to be used or tried out
- Instruments that want to be played
- A pile of family photos that need to be put in albums
Almost every item needs to be either used, worn, maintained, cleaned etc. Even if you’ve put those items away neatly. Even then, you can see the items and be confronted by the fact that you still need to sell/donate these items or that you simply don’t use them.
When you walk through your house, you (often unknowingly) receive a lot of ‘messages’ from the stuff around you. And by messages, I mean the quick thoughts that pop up in your head, that these items require action (‘I should really try this new face mask that’s been lying around for weeks, I should really start reading that book someone gave me, oh and that laundry still needs folding’). All these little messages can make you feel like you constantly have to do something, which can cause such a restless feeling!
This is exactly why decluttering can help you reach that peace of mind. When you declutter your living space, you will have less stuff. Less stuff means less to maintain, less messages that make you feel like you need to do so much, and therefore, more time to enjoy experiences, rather than items. I would love to help you achieve this!