Are you feeling suffocated or surrounded by stuff? Do you ever feel anxious when you open a drawer, cabinet or drawer? Have you ever found a broken glass or a worn-out sweater and wondered “Why is this still there?” You’re not the only one. Maybe it’s time to declutter?
Numerous studies have shown that Americans are drowning with their possessions. The University of California at Los Angeles conducted a study that found middle-class families had garages overflowing with their vast toy and book collections, and fridges filled with magnets. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25% of two-car garage owners didn’t have enough space for a car. A National Association of Professional Organizers report found that we spend on average one year looking for lost belongings.
Tripping hazards, stress, and memory loss can all be made worse as you get older. You can declutter now, whether you are moving to assisted living and looking to downsize or if you are planning on the future and don’t want your loved ones to go through the grief of going through all your belongings after your death. You may feel free and clean. Here are some tips to help you declutter.