7 Reasons to Declutter and Live with Less

Need motivation to simplify and declutter? Here are the 7 things that I was surprised to learn when I purged our home of over 168 things!

Last fall I did a four week decluttering challenge where I purged our house of over 168 things!  I’ve always been more of a “stuff” person, so this was kind of a big deal to me.  And while it felt like a big task in some ways (mostly because as I purged, I ended up reorganizing), I soon realized that there are a lot of benefits to living with less stuff.  In fact, I loved the results so much that I’m hoping to do another big purging session this spring!

Here are the things that motivate me to declutter.

7 Reason to Declutter and Live with Less

1.  Saves Time
I’ve become increasingly aware of how much time we waste because of all of our stuff.  The more stuff you have, the more maintenance you have, the more time it takes to clean and organize and the easier it is to misplace something.  I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather use my time for things that I actually enjoy!

2 Easier to Be Organized
You know the saying, “A place for everything and everything in it’s place”?  Well, if you have a ton of stuff, it’s really hard to do that and you end up losing things, wasting time looking for things and buying things that you really don’t need because you can’t find the one you already own.  I’m finding that the less I have, the easier it is to stay organized.  I know, that is kind of obvious.  But really, I truly didn’t realize how much of a difference it makes!

3.  Refreshes
There is something about having lots of stuff that just zaps the energy right out of you.  Everywhere you look you see something that needs to be put away or that needs to be fixed or folded or whatever.  It’s much easier to manage and take care of just a few things.  Plus, visual clutter is just tiring.  There is something about clean, open spaces that are refreshing and energizing!

4.  More Inviting
Clutter makes your home look messy, full and, well, cluttered!  And there is simply nothing  inviting about that!  By decluttering and keeping only the things that you really love and use, you create a space that is much more welcoming.  Remember what I said about open spaces being refreshing and energizing?

5.  Saves Money
If you are simplifying and living with less, not only will you save money because you won’t be buying as much stuff, you will also not have pay as many late fees and overdue fees because you will likely find it easier to be organized.  And I know there have been times that we simply haven’t been able to find something and ended up spending money to replace it, only later to come across the original item.  Obviously, had we been more organized, we could have saved ourselves that money!

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6.  Helps You Appreciate What You Have
I’m not quite sure how to explain this, but when you have less stuff, somehow you just appreciate the things that you do have more.  I’m finding that the less we have, the more I’m grateful for what we have and the more I try to take care of those things.

7.  Allows You to Focus on What Matters
You soon start realizing that stuff is just that: stuff.  While things are nice to have, you can’t take them with you when you die and they so quickly can be lost through theft, fires etc.  There was something about the process of decluttering that made me realize that again in a new way.  I’m not against having material possessions, but I don’t want those things to keep me from living life to the fullest.  For myself, I feel like having less stuff allows me to be able to focus on the things that really matter like my family, friends and the things that I really truly enjoy doing.

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Comments

  1. says

    What motivates me to keep clutter away is not having a lot of places to store clutter. I am sure you can relate! By the way, the new blog looks great and I’m so glad you mentioned on fb that you were away. When things got quiet I started to get worried, and forgot that Bible school is in session. Whew! Now that I’m subscribed here I’ll never miss a post again…or worry.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Oh Monica, I can always count on you to make me smile!

      Yes, I can very much relate to not having places to store stuff. I sometimes wish we lived in a bigger house…and then I don’t. Besides, it’s less space to keep clean too! Ha!

      Ah, so sweet of you to miss me. 😉 I’m not sure I’m worthy of such loyalty though. I’m really missing connecting with my Facebook followers. I can’t tell you how often I think of something or read something and think, “Oh, I need to post this to Facebook!” only to remember I can’t. So glad you are subscribed and can now relax. I definitely don’t want to be the cause of causing someone worry! Ha!

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! Everything you said is TOTALLY true, and I find that I feel the same way! The hard part is the process of actually getting rid of the things you don’t need, especially if you’re like me who has had a storage unit and family childhood items left in my care. It can feel so overwhelming! Thanks for the pep talk! 😉
    P.S. Is this a photo of your living room?? wow!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Yes, it can be so overwhelming! And I love making money off things but during my last decluttering spree, I actually just put a bunch of stuff that I typically would have tried to sell in a box for Goodwill. Sometimes the fact that I don’t feel as overwhelmed and can easily just get rid of the stuff is worth the loss of whatever money I would have made on my “junk”!

      And no, that is not my living room. I wish! :) I’m not quite that gifted in decorating, unfortunately. It’s simply a beautiful free stock image that I happened across.

  3. says

    I saw your post on the Mom2Mom Link up this morning. We’ve been purging a lot recently. It feels so freeing like taking of layers of weight when items are removed. I love it! Thanks for sharing.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Yes, I continue to be amazed at how good and freeing it feels to purge and live with less. Just last week I got rid of a few dresses that I never wore anymore. I was surprised at how hard it was for me to part with them, but knowing how wonderful it feels to have less made me go ahead and do it. And you know what? I’m loving the extra space in my closet and haven’t regretted it once! :)

  4. says

    I completely went through all my cupboards and closets last summer too! I asked myself, “If I was moving to another house, would I take this along,” or “can I borrow another or get one cheap if I need it.” This made a huge difference! I ended up having 2 yard sales because I had so much stuff. It does make life much easier to get rid of it. Thanks for the reminder! I am visiting from JoyLoveFood today.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Pamela, those are great questions to ask and I can totally see how they help. And how fun that you were able to make some money off your excess!

  5. Cheryl says

    One year our church collected things for a town that had a tornado go through it. It was a lot easier giving things to a great cause. I sent garbage bags full of kitchen items to towels to bedding some hardly ever used (why have 8 sets of sheets? I usually wash and put the same set back on the bed 8 out of 10 times) My house was easier to keep clean and someone else benefited that really needed it.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Cheryl, I love that! I recently did something similar and donated a bunch of clothing and blankets to an organization that was collecting things to help those displaced by ISIS in the Middle East. And I agree, it made it so much easier to get rid of things when I thought of how much I had and how little they had. And being able to bless others with my things brings so much joy too!

  6. says

    Excellent post!! Doesn’t it feel great to declutter? I always feel so much lighter after purging items.
    What motivates me to declutter? Making room for new items, lol jk…kind of…. I am motivated by keeping a clean and orderly home. You’re right, too much time spent on too many items. It’s not efficient and much harder to function. Happy minimizing!

    Visiting from Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up :)

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Well, actually the thing of making room for new items makes sense, Leanne. Because unless you get rid of things as new things come in you soon are buried in clutter and stuff!

  7. Angela says

    i agree and have steadily cleared away stuff I don’t need and a weeks holiday away from my home and visiting an amazing textile exhibition that really inspired me, has helped clear my mind on sorting out my sewing and mixed media materials. I am looking forward to going home and having a grand sort out. Excellent blog

  8. says

    Eliminating clutter is so freeing. We renovated part of our home and our storage area had to be reduced. The amount of stuff “stored” was ridiculous. Now, we only have the stuff that we love or use. If we do not use it we lose it. It has also helped me with my buying decisions. I don’t need 2 of anything. If I have something then I don’t buy it until it breaks or wears out. Great post on de-cluttering.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Yes, so freeing! And I hear ya….I think we are doing pretty good but then sometimes when we go to move stuff to remodel or rearrange a room I realize that there are still things that we could eliminate. And I’m sure if we ever move I’ll realize it even more. It’s a constant battle to keep up with getting rid of unneeded things, although it definitely helps if you are mindful of not bring extra clutter in too!

  9. says

    I’m with you on clutter! It drives me crazy. And you are correct on stuff just getting overwhelming. What we think is a blessing turns in to a curse.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Exactly! I’ve been realizing that our place is due for another decluttering session. I’ve just been getting that overwhelmed feeling a lot lately when I’m looking for stuff in cupboards and drawers. Not good!

  10. mommabee says

    I tried to declutter my closet. I really did. But in the process,I just couldn’t let go of clothes that fast. So, I put them in a bag and placed it in my cellar. You know that saying, “Out of sight, out of mind?” Well, I now use only what’s in my closet. I will go through the bag at a later time but if I wanted to, I know I can live without it. Having a capsule closet is pretty nice.
    Now,if only the kids felt the same way…..

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      You know, I’ve done that same thing numerous times and every single time, I’ve ended up realizing that I never miss the stuff that I put away! You’re comment about the kids made me smile. I only have young ones, but I’m sure there will be lots of opinions about clothes in a few years!

  11. says

    Hey there! I loved this post. I began my Minimalism journey 3 years ago and it’s been such a great change for me. All of your points here resonated with me.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Thanks, Holly! I agree that it’s a great change and I keep gradually becoming more and more minimalisitic…..it’s just such a refreshing, freeing way to live, for sure!

  12. says

    These are really good points. I find that decluttering absolutely makes staying organized a lot easier. Plus it means there’s less to clean!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Yes, I agree, Jenny! It was hard for me initially to get started getting rid of our stuff, but the more I do it, the more I love the space it creates and the time it saves.

  13. Debbie M says

    I’m constantly try to purge stuff, I’m doing fairly well. My new problem is I have been buying little items, some are very useful and have replace ones that were purged. The new ones take up less room and have more functions, but it’s become a bad habit. Any
    Suggestions?

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Ah, it can be tough to not buy those “little” things. One thing I try to do before buying anything is to ask myself, “Do I really need this?” Often, I might realize that it’s an item that I’ll only use a handful of times a year and if that’s the case, most of the time I decide I can live without it. My weakness is kitchen items. I love baking and cooking so it’s so tempting to get new gadgets etc. But I’ve been trying to be very intentional with what I get and often if I buy an item I try to get rid of one too. My husband is good for me too because he’s such a minimalist and he’s helped me think about ways to get creative and reuse things and make do. I’m still learning about all of this myself though! I still have a long way to go before I could truly be called a minimalist. :)

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