We’ve been spending more time than ever at home since the pandemic came to town, and we’re freeing ourselves from clutter, like never before.
There’s no denying the global pandemic and associated lockdown, has had an impact on our lives in many and various ways. But there’s one surprising side effect that’s left us feeling lighter – literally and figuratively. More than one-third of us have organised our homes during lockdown in order to manage our mental health, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Psychologist Jocelyn Brewer says we often link the state of our homes to the state of our wellbeing. “Decluttering can feel like an opportunity to not only get your actual house in order but your mental space too,” she says. So, that outdated lounge that doesn’t quite fit the loungeroom? Goodbye! The drawers full of bits and bobs that don’t really have a home? Into the bin you go! Those clothes that have hung in your wardrobe unworn and unloved? Enjoy your new life in the charity shop! Everything you discard clears room in your mind, your home, and opens you up to exciting new possibilities.
Decluttering Guru and author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo, suggests asking yourself if an item sparks joy. If it doesn’t? Let it go. It’s a positive strategy that will leave you surrounded by only things you love, in a newly streamlined space. And it’s an especially helpful tactic if you’re considering downsizing.
The social isolation experienced in lockdown has seen many people, especially singles, re-evaluate their living situations, as belonging to a community becomes an ever more appealing prospect. Shedding possessions can pave the way for a delightfully low-maintenance life, unencumbered by too much ‘stuff’. Or as Kondo wisely says, “A dramatic reorganisation of the home causes correspondingly dramatic changes in lifestyle and perspective. It is life transforming.”
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