Clutter is something that many of us have a little here and there, due to the consumerist society we are living in. A new pair of jeans. A new shirt. A new pair of shoes. Another TV. More home decorations. At some point, our home is full of stuff we didn’t use nor wear and these stuff start to create clutter in our home. So, if you start fumbling around to look for keys before going to work, or feeling helpless when looking at the closet, wondering what to wear, it is an obvious sign that clutter has prevailed.
But, have you ever wondered what’s the price you pay for your clutter? (And of course, we’ll also be sharing some decluttering tips!)
What Are The Downsides of Clutter?
As a saying goes “A cluttered space is a cluttered mind”.
Clutter can overstimulate our senses, causing our brain to over analyse, which subsequently manifest into the form of stress and emotional tension. Moreover, clutter also weighs us down financially, costing us a fortune without us realizing. On the opposite, decluttering can have many positive effects on us.
Why decluttering is good for you?
Earn extra money
Selling your clutter is an interesting way to earn extra money because you can never expect how much others will be willing to pay for your clutter. You get a tidy space along with some extra cash, this has to be one of the best decluttering tips ever!
Reduce household allergens and accidents
Air is something important yet often overlooked by many of us. In a cluttered environment, the quality of air will significantly drop, thus increasing the amount of dust and dust mites, which are the common sources of allergens especially families with children. Cluttered homes can be unsafe for kids to roam around. By decluttering your home, you can maintain a healthy and safe environment for everyone.
Break away from bad habits
“Clutter is not just physical stuff, it's old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits” - Eleanor Brown
We sometimes aren't aware of our habits because we have been doing it daily without thinking twice, e.g buying on sale items even though you don’t need it. While the current technology advancement has allowed us to shop through online apps, It makes it harder for us to resist the temptation of purchasing items, leading us to bad financial habits.
By decluttering, we are forced to self reflect on our habits, in a way it helps us to be mindful and break away from our negative financial habits that have taken a toll in our lives.
Read more about: 6 Everyday Habits May Slowly Ruin Your Finances
Reduce mental stress
Decluttering helps to clear up our headspace by removing the unnecessary stuff away from our environment. This subsequently eases our brain from over analysing, resulting in less anxiety and stress. Meanwhile, we are able to focus on the task we have and be productive for the day.
An interesting fact about decluttering is that it can help our brain to release endorphins, just like exercise. Although it may be hard to start, once you have gone through it, that sense of accomplishment will feel like a boost to your self-confidence.
Feel happier overall
Look at the picture below, which environment will you thrive in?
The answer is simple, in a clutter free environment, we see clearer, we know what we want, we feel more productive, we communicate better with others and we are happier overall. But the question is, how to declutter?
6 Decluttering Tips To Earn Extra Money
Here are 6 decluttering tips that can get you started in your decluttering journey!
Tip #1 - See from a visitor perspective
Before you begin to declutter, walk through your space as if it is your first time, do you notice anything that irks you? A countertop with no working space or that unsightly pile of laundry? Jot these down as they serve as a decluttering checklist that you can get started with.
Tip #2 - Block your time to declutter
Once you know the problematic area, block time from your schedule to actually declutter. Minimise any form of distraction that you foresee might occur.
As quoted by renowned writer, Margeret Atwood, said that by tweeting she will begin her writing today, holding her accountable for her action. So, challenge yourself by announcing your plan about decluttering on social media or to your family, you will feel less tempted to leave things halfway done when you have shared your plan with someone else.
Tip #3 - Snap pictures of before and after decluttering
Before you begin to declutter, remember to take a picture of the mess. Once you are done tidying up, take again another picture and compare them side by side.
Vast transformation often gives us that instant gratification that our brain loves it so much which can potentially motivate us to do more. So keep it up!
Tip #4 - Identify the need, the want and the ditch
Start decluttering by laying out all the belongings in front of you, that way you will get a full visual of what you are dealing with.
Then, sort them out into three categories:
- The items that you need
- The items that you want but not a necessity
- The items that you need to ditch
By sorting out into these three piles, gives your brain an idea of what to do next.
Tip #5 - Selling your clutter
Once you have sorted them out, start with the pile that you need to ditch. Are they still usable? How much can I earn extra money from there?
Here are the common things we can sell to earn extra money:
- Clothes (especially well-known labels, but not your underwear!)
- Books (there’s usually a need for textbooks)
- Accessories and jewelry (good to know how much your pieces of jewelry worth)
- Shoes (make sure they are still in good condition)
- Baby items (babies grows up in a blink of an eye, and many of their items are not cheap, chances of getting your baby stuff sold are quite high if the price is reasonable)
- Appliances and gadgets (make sure they are still functioning before listing them online)
There are many ways you can sell your clutter, but personally, making money online can be one of the easiest ways to get started. Here are some online platforms you can sell your secondhand stuffs:
With the money earned from the selling activities, you will not want to let those hard earned money go down the drain through uncontrollable splurging. Instead you will want to put into better use by either saving up or spending on things that are worth the value.
Read More About: 10 Practical and Easy Ways to Save Money
Tip #6 - Try the famous KonMari method
“Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong” -Marie Kondo “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”
KonMari is a decluttering method developed by Marie Kondo, a tidying consultant who has become a household name when she appeared on Netflix's Tidying Up With Marie Kondo.
In a nutshell, the KonMari method can be broken down into the following:
- Dedicate a period of time entirely for decluttering (because things might get cluttered again throughout the days/weeks)
- Picture your ideal lifestyle (how you want your space to feel/look like)
- Focus on which items to discard first, then only declutter
- Declutter by categories (like clothes, books, kitchen appliances etc)
- Keep only things that spark joy to you
There’s no right or wrong way to declutter, these decluttering tips are just some references you can pick up. As long as you can find a way that sticks with your lifestyle, that will be the best way. A common trap people tend to fall in is that they view declutter as an action, but it is actually more than that, it should be a habit in our daily life.
What Are Some Other Decluttering Tips You Have?
In hindsight, isn't it easier keeping unnecessary items out of the house in the first place rather than spending the time and energy to declutter later? Maybe shopping with a conscious mind next time might help! Regardless, decluttering does benefit us in many ways, emotionally, mentally and financially. We get to earn extra money when we sell off our unwanted stuff, we become happier, we can focus better with tasks we have. Why not give it a try on this coming weekend? Do you also have other decluttering tips to share? Feel free to comment below.