The Wonders of Decluttering

The best thing about moving out of a house and moving onto our boat, I can say in one word…Decluttering.

You can’t move out of a 3 bedroom house which four of you have lived in for the last 13 years without having the joy of throwing things out.

‘Decluttering’ – I even love the word!

It’s difficult at first, you pick things up which have been in your house for years and start to wrap it up to pack to keep…why?  I had to keep asking myself, “why do we need this?”, it’s not been used in years, why keep it packed up for another few years taking up space, “no-ones even going to notice it’s gone!”  Once you get going with this concept of selling things or just ‘chucking’ out, it becomes a little addictive and yes it’s even quite empowering and liberating.  Why? Why does it make you feel so good? Well I’ve been doing a little research on this as I am really amazed at how great it feels and of course, Googled it, (other search engines are available folks :-))

Low and behold there is ‘oodles‘ of written explanations on google as to why de-cluttering is good for us, such as ridding your house of the dust and toxins from the air, because of course, when these ‘things’ we insist on keeping, but never use just sit there for years on shelves or in drawers, well I can tell you I have been sneezing with the amount of dust that’s been flying around my house in the last few weeks and I thought I had a fairly tidy house – no, no, no I am ashamed to say the areas we don’t see very often, maybe behind the furniture?  Behind the TV? In forgotten drawers? under carpets or behind those chairs which aren’t moved for years? Hmmm well, as I said I thought my house was fairly clean…

The explanation as to why decluttering is good for us though, the one which caught my eye was the mental state that piles of clutter or objects may cause us and when I think about it, I have always got a little ‘stressed out’ when the house feels untidy.  Don’t you feel better when your house looks great? Well de-cluttering your house goes a little deeper than that.  There’s a great article written by Lauren Smith I found in ‘Good Housekeeping.com‘ where she refers to the clutter around your home being possibly linked to stress, over eating, tiredness, unnecessary loss of money, negatively impacting on your decision making or your mental state, the cause of germs or pests in your home and she also explains how just having ‘all that stuff’ in your home can be dangerous and even make you late for appointments.

Also I found a brilliant article written by Erica Buist in the Guardian dated 2015, where she talks about how ‘Tidying up could change your life‘.  After packing up a three bedroom house to down size and being really strict with throwing things away, giving things to charity or even selling stuff, I for one know how amazing I feel and wish I’d have done this years ago.

Only a week to go until we’re stepping aboard our new home – We’ll really try to keep it clutter free too!

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28 thoughts on “The Wonders of Decluttering

  1. It is liberating and freeing as a process, I totally agree. Your boat is going to be the most fabulous home and I imagine it will be very hard to live in if it is cluttered so you will be free-birds with clear minds and spirits. How intoxicating!! Bon courage et bon déménagement to you both 🌸

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  2. Sam this is a fabulous post and your new home will be fantastic 🙂 so looking forward to following your journey. So liberating getting rid of clutter that is so meaningless. We miss the motorhome lifestyle, though are certainly embarrassing our new global lifestyle with gusto. We love it, currently back in NZ, well at present the rest are trying to beat each other at cards, I have opted out as I am too tired to concentrate! Happy travels

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  3. Oh Sam, I can feel your excitement Sam, and I’m so happy for you. Your post bought back so many happy memories of when we were on our countdown. The worst thing about returning to living in a house is the clutter that’s once again accumulating. I’m so not a hoarder, alas Paul is….. our only source of conflict!!

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  4. I love to declutter… not that I have that much ‘stuff’ but I moved a year ago and when packing I stumbled across tons of things that Ive had for years… decluttering has helped me to realise my attachment issues… my lack of ability to resolve things…I have a terrible hand writing… Money in that card I never opened (yay). It’s quite a liberating experience indeed..😊😊😊

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    1. Oh wow yes you are so right with the attachment issue thing and the ‘letting go’ of particular things Hmmm I have my wedding dress from my previous marriage which I really don’t know what to do with. I’m in a happy relationship now & am so looking forward…so it’s got to go 🤔 thank you for your help! X

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    1. Sorry for the late reply life’s been hectic. Thank you, the move went relatively smoothly although it was very hard work & tiring. We’re in the boat now with boxes around us & slowly starting to get sorted. It’s great to be on board though 😊

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