Benefits of Decluttering

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We are all guilty of owning a junk drawer or shoving mess away in a cupboard, however, it is important to take action when mess begins to get in the way of your physical or mental health.

Decluttering a space is beneficial to people of all ages as it brings practical storage benefits as well as an array of psychological and financial benefits. In particular post retirees can benefit from decluttering as they are often downsizing. A few of these benefits are outlined below:

Calmer mental state
Psychologists are beginning to recognise the link between a clean, organised home and overall wellbeing. A cluttered space can create a cluttered mind as it is easy to feel overwhelmed and irritated when surrounded by mess. Reducing clutter brings a sense of calm and will make you want to spend time in your living spaces with family and friends.

More time for the things you love
Decluttering your home can free up your schedule, you will no longer need to spend as much time cleaning and organising your items as they will have a designated space in your home. You will be able to find your possessions with ease and will finally be able to say goodbye to the struggle of finding a matching Tupperware container and lid.

Extra cash in your back pocket
With websites such as Gumtree and Ebay readily available it is easy to resell unused furniture and other items taking up space in your home. If you are not familiar with these websites ask a friend or family member to help you, this will ensure transactions are safe and secure. In addition to this, you are more likely to think about the things you bring into your home, especially if you’re prone to impulse buys. Consider putting any money saved towards an experience or holiday and not more physical possessions.

Reduce your falls risk
Removing excess clutter from common thoroughfares such as hallways and staircases can significantly reduce your risk of falling. It is particularly important to remove items such as worn rugs and exposed cords as these are tripping hazards. Learn about reducing falls risk on page 6.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic and the practical steps involved in decluttering your home join us for our first Burnie Brae Retirement Living presentation for 2019. This FREE presentation will be held on Monday the 11th of March from 10am at the Burnie Brae Hall