Positivity & Peace: The Benefits of a Neat, Decluttered Closet

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Did you know that almost 73% of women update a quarter of their closet every 3 months? Having an overwhelming number of possessions doesn’t just cause clutter in your closet, but also in your life.  You may not be aware of what all of that extra stuff is doing to your ability to function, but facing your clutter is something you should tackle as soon as possible. No more bursting cupboards and drawers full of lone socks –

it’s time for a wardrobe reset. You might be wondering how removing some items from your closet can have a positive impact on your life, so let’s discover together the benefits of lifting the burden of clutter. 

Better Health

Once you’ve experienced these amazing benefits of having a neat closet, you will want to do everything you can to keep it that way. But don’t expect it to happen overnight. The process of keeping your closets and home clean and clutter-free takes exercise. You can start by only going shopping with a list. Whether you are looking for a new pair of drop earrings, are in need of a new winter coat or just hunting for Christmas outfit ideas, make sure you only buy what you have on your list. This trick will help you stay on track with your journey towards a minimalist version of yourself. 

Our brain has a limited capacity to process information. You may not realize it, but that pile of laundry you are passing by every time you go to the bathroom, or that stack of T-shirts you haven’t had time to fold, can lead to exhausting your brain’s energy. This can have many unwanted effects such as losing focus, becoming tired and stressed and being unable to sleep. A study conducted by the Florida State University revealed that people with very cluttered homes are 77% more likely to be overweight than people who have neat, organized homes. Other studies have shown that people who sleep in messy, cluttered rooms are much more likely to have sleeping problems, and a lack of sleep directly increases the stress-response hormone, cortisol. Therefore, keeping your closets, and your home, organized can help you improve your overall health.  Besides the obvious benefits of improving the mood, your stress levels and anxiety will reduce significantly, you will be more focused and you will have more energy. 

Less Stress

Research conducted in the United States using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) showed that clutter can increase anxiety levels, cause insomnia, and affect a person’s ability to focus, while making one less productive. Having more stuff than you are able to handle can affect your mood and energy, while increasing your cortisol levels (the stress hormone). High levels of cortisol can cause lasting damage to a person’s health, if not managed properly. Increased blood pressure and heart rate, high blood sugars and increased fats in the blood are only a few of the negative effects that stress has on the body. 

Decluttering your closet can help reduce the negative effects a messy house has on your health by creating a more relaxed, clean space and peaceful atmosphere in your home. You will be so happy with the benefits you get from organizing your closets that you will want to transform your entire house into a minimalist sanctuary. The outside world is chaotic enough, and you don’t have to carry that into your home. 

Saving Money

We are all guilty of buying a new pair of jeans with every change in weight, or purchasing a fancy dress for every wedding we attend and never wearing it again, but we are all capable of change. Decluttering your closet can be a very therapeutic process which forces you to face all your past purchasing decisions. Analyzing every piece of clothing you own and realizing that you haven’t even worn many of them more than once, can definitely raise some hard thoughts and feelings. While working through all of these emotions, you get a chance to learn how to let go and become more aware of what you spend your money on. 

It’s time to let go and change your perception about shopping. You may have once seen it as something to do to pass the time, but realizing how much money you wasted along the years will definitely change your point of view.  A neat and organized wardrobe will give you a clear view of what your style really is, and it will help you keep track of all the things you own. This will definitely help you save money on your next shopping trip as you will only be spending your hard-earned cash on things that you truly love and need.

It Saves You Time

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The average woman spends around 25 minutes getting ready each morning and most of this time passes choosing what to wear. Having trouble deciding on what to wear each morning can cause stress and can even make you late to work. It’s obvious that an organized closet and a well-curated capsule wardrobe make it much faster and easier to find what you need, but it also gives you the possibility to see exactly what you own. Getting rid of clutter can eliminate up to 40% of housework in the average home, so start by organizing your closets to help you save precious time. If you have a neat and clutter-free closet, you will be spending less time everyday cleaning and organizing your clothes. Plus, by being able to see exactly what you own will help you get ready much faster every time you want to leave the house. 

Raises Your Standards

When you lift the burden of your cluttered wardrobe, you get a sense of freedom which will make you to never want to go back to how things were. Donating or selling all the clothes which no longer fit you or suit your style will leave you with a wardrobe filled with clothes you actually love, and you will want to wear. Experiencing all the benefits that decluttering your closet will bring to your life will automatically raise your standard when it comes to what clothes you buy. Items that were once good enough to take up space in your closet no longer have a place in your life. You will find yourself buying better quality items and, overall, a lot fewer things will make their way from the store to your home. This will help you curate a wardrobe filled with quality pieces which will last you a long time. 

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