If you look around your living room or closet and see stuff you haven’t used in a long time, you’re not alone. Most of us have things we don’t use or need anymore, such as old clothes, bedding, dishes, books, and decorations. You might ask, what’s the problem with having all this stuff?
Well, nothing necessarily.
But there can be some great benefits to slimming down what you own.
- Making a proactive choice
The act of making the proactive choice to “edit” your possessions can be energizing, empowering, and freeing. Getting rid of unused stuff—and the dust and allergens that cling to them—can feel like a breath fresh air. Literally.
The empty space that opens up when you shed old items seems to create space in the mind as well. Space for new hobbies, renewed interests and fun ideas!
- Creating a safer home
Getting rid of things that you haven’t used for a long time can reduce trip hazards in your home. In some situations, getting rid of things can also reduce the risk of fire and ensure you have a clear path out, if a fire were to occur.
- Saving time and reducing work
Less clutter means less dusting, cleaning and organizing. If you ever decide to move, it’s much easier with fewer possessions. With fewer items, you can also save time maintaining, repairing, and storing unneeded stuff.
- Improving your peace of mind
Reducing clutter can be a symbolic step toward simplifying your life. You can replace the feeling of being overwhelmed with a feeling of freedom and lightness. Fewer things can mean less stress, and more focus on the people and activities most important to you.
So, keep what is useful or simply makes you happy. And if you decide to edit your items, take your time. This can be a slow process that you do at your own pace.
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