The psychology of decluttering

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While decluttering has been around for ages, only recently have people been recognising the benefits of removing unnecessary items from their living spaces. However, decluttering is not just about clearing out physical clutter, it is also a psychological process that can have a significant impact on our well-being as well. 

Let’s take a closer look at a few ways that decluttering can affect you psychologically:

Reduced stress and anxiety

Clutter can be a source of stress and anxiety making you feel overwhelmed and powerless. By decluttering you can take control of your surroundings and reduce the visual noise that can cause stress.


Increased focus and productivity

A cluttered space can make it difficult to focus on tasks and in turn, reduce productivity levels. Clearing out the clutter can help to create an environment more conducive to work and focus.


Improved mood

A clean and organised environment can have a positive impact on your mood and leave you feeling happier and more content. This is especially true when decluttering results in a more functional and aesthetically pleasing space.


Enhanced decision-making skills

When decluttering, you need to make decisions about what to keep and what to throw away. By being forced to make deliberate choices, this process can help to improve your decision-making skills.


Greater sense of accomplishment

Did you know that decluttering can leave you with a sense of accomplishment? This feeling comes from successfully ridding your space of unnecessary items and can be incredibly rewarding. It can be a great confidence booster and provide a sense of satisfaction.

As you can see, decluttering is not just about removing excess possessions from our lives. It is also a psychological process that can have a significant impact on our well-being. 

If you’ve finished decluttering but aren’t ready to get rid of your belongings, get in touch with Len’s Self Storage by going through our personal storage solutions. From storing your clutter to hanging onto keepsakes or furniture for your children one day, we’ve got you covered.