If you’ve ever wondered how much you need to declutter your home to create a simplified and peaceful home, today’s post is for you!
I get asked the question “How much do I need to declutter to create a simplified home?” a lot. But everyone’s home, preferences and clutter thresholds are different, so it’s hard to give a specific answer to that question.
But what I can tell you is there are signs you can notice telling you need to declutter your home even more. These are things you can notice about your home and how you feel in it. Signs that are telling you that you will benefit from doing more decluttering and getting rid of more stuff.
In today’s post, I’m sharing 7 signs that are telling you that you need to declutter your home even more. If you notice any of these things still happening in your home, try doing some more decluttering to see if you can solve them!
7 signs you need to declutter your home even more
1. Your home is hard to keep clean and messes get out of control
One of the biggest signs that you will benefit from decluttering even more is how easy your home is to manage and keep clean.
If you have too much stuff to comfortably manage, keeping your house clean and tidy can often feel challenging.
The more stuff you have, the more time and energy you need to spend managing and taking care of it all. How much time and energy you are willing and able to spend managing your home is personal to you. But if you feel like your home is hard to keep clean, that’s a good sign you’ll benefit from decluttering more.
The same goes for how out of control the messes in your house tend to get. With more stuff, there’s more to contribute to the mess and messes take more time and energy to deal with.
All homes get messy sometimes. You live in and enjoy your home and making messes is part of life! But if those messes feel overwhelming or feel like they get out of control, that’s a sign you are trying to manage too much stuff.
Do some decluttering so there is less stuff contributing to messes. And make the messes faster and easier to clean up when it’s time.
2. You feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with your home
Another good indicator that you need to declutter more is when you feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with your home.
Cleaning and cleaning up are a normal part of life. No matter how minimally you live, you’ll still need to clean and tidy up your home.
The key is noticing when keeping up with household tasks feels manageable and doable. And when it feels overwhelming or like you can never keep up.
If you’re constantly struggling trying to keep up, but your home still feels messy, chaotic or out of control, that’s a good sign you will benefit from decluttering more.
We all have a clutter threshold. Which is the amount of stuff you can manage in your home before you start feeling overwhelmed. The goal is to keep the amount of stuff in your home below your clutter threshold. So you can keep up with your home and the stuff in it without feeling overwhelmed.
3. You feel visually overwhelmed in your home
Another way clutter can overwhelm you is visually.
Sometimes there is too much visual clutter in your home, making you feel overwhelmed or overstimulated.
If you feel like your home looks and feels too busy, chaotic or messy, even after you’re done cleaning and tidying up, you might have too much visual clutter.
Our minds and our eyes like to have blank spaces or places to rest in a home. When every space is filled with stuff, you lose those resting places. This can make your home feel busy or stressful. Simply because there’s so much visual information and stimulation coming at you at once.
Simplifying the visual clutter in your home can change the way your home looks, feels and functions. Creating a more calming environment and helping your home function better too.
4. Your kids can’t easily manage their spaces
Kids get overwhelmed by clutter and too much stuff just like adults do. If your home is too much for you to manage as an adult, it likely feels the same way for your kids.
If your kids are struggling to pick up and take care of their toys and stuff, there might simply be too much stuff for them to easily manage.
Work together with them to simplify their spaces so they feel capable of taking care of their things and managing their spaces.
5. You lose things often or can’t find things when you need them
Another clear indicator you have too much stuff is when you often lose things or can’t find things when you need them.
When you have too much stuff, it’s easy to lose things amongst the clutter, forget where you put things, or just be unable to find them when you need them.
Everything you own should have a specific place to keep it. It makes it easy to find things when you need them and put them away when you’re done using them.
But often, if you have too much stuff, it’s hard to give everything a specific home or spot. That’s when things get left out, float around the house or don’t get put away in a spot that makes sense.
Declutter as much as you need to so that every item in your home has a specific place to keep it. And so that place is easy to access and use.
If you have to shove stuff in its spot or sift through a bunch of stuff to find what you’re looking for, you probably have too much stuff. Declutter and simplify so you have what you use, need and love without any extra stuff getting in the way.
6. You don’t feel content with your home and are continually adding more
Another sign you might need to declutter more is when you don’t feel content with your home and are continually wanting to add more stuff.
This doesn’t have as much to do with your stuff as it has to do with your mindset.
Part of decluttering your home is learning to feel content with what you have. Stopping the cycle of wanting more stuff, newer stuff, better stuff, etc. It’s about finding your place of enough. Or where you feel content with what you have and don’t want more stuff because you know more stuff is simply more to manage and take care of.
Pay attention to how you feel about your home. Are you content with what you have? Or are you always looking for something newer, different or better?
Then focus on appreciating what you have. And let go of the idea that more or newer stuff will make you happier so you can declutter and simplify your home even more.
7. Your home leaves you feeling stressed a lot of the time
And finally, the last sign to watch for is how your home makes you feel.
When you think of your home, does it feel like a place where you can rest, relax and enjoy your time? Or does it feel like a place where you have a never-ending to-do list and can never quite keep up with it all?
You want your home to contribute to your well-being, not add to your stress levels. If your home doesn’t feel like a peaceful, supportive place, it might be time to do some decluttering. Clear the clutter and create a home that supports you, rather than stresses you out!
Ready to declutter more, but need some guidance?
Now that you know what to watch for to know if you need to declutter your home even more, the next step is taking action and clearing the clutter.
But often you don’t know where to start or what else you can declutter to create a peaceful, supportive home. If that’s the case, I have something that will help you!
My decluttering guide, Your Clutter-Free Home, gives you everything you need to declutter your home completely and deeply. Including giving you ideas of things you might have forgotten to declutter or just didn’t think to tackle.
Your Clutter-Free Home starts with detailed instructions to teach you how to declutter with confidence and clarity. Then it includes room-by-room decluttering checklists you can follow to declutter your entire house. One manageable, stress-free step at a time.
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