Why Does Getting Rid of Things Feel So Good?
Every day, you dig around in the junk drawer, shove the clothes you don’t wear back into the closet, and look through boxes for a trinket you can’t remember if you still have or not. And every day, you tell yourself that you’re going to get rid of some of this stuff ― soon.
Getting rid of the things you no longer need is surprisingly invigorating. Who knew that simply organizing your closet and getting rid of all those shoes you wore 20 years ago could be such a mood lifter? As it turns out, there are numerous reasons behind this phenomenon.
1. IT’S JUST EASIER.
This may be the most obvious reason – less stuff is just easier to handle. There’s less to dust, less to organize, less to maintain, less to clean, and less to repair when it breaks. When you lose something, you have less to dig through to find it. When you have company, you have less to pick up and put away. If you move, there will be less to pack, load, haul, and unpack – freeing up your time, energy and money. When you get rid of things, less truly is more.
2. YOU’RE LETTING GO OF THE PAST.
Many of the items people hold onto are tokens of nostalgia, like toys from their childhood, gifts from an ex-partner, or items from an older relative who has passed away. While these things are no longer useful and don’t serve an obvious purpose, there is often feelings of guilt associated with getting rid of them. At the same time, getting rid of at least some of these items can help you let go of the past, which can be therapeutic in itself.
3. YOU’LL FEEL A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT.
Sometimes tackling even the junk drawer can be intimidating. Clearing out and getting rid of things is a daunting task that you always find a convenient reason not to do. Once you finally mark these chores off your mental to-do list, you will start to feel like you can do anything, giving you the encouragement you need to move on to your next big project. For example, maybe you did such a good job cleaning out the garage that you’re actually excited to move on to the basement.
4. YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE STUFF YOU KEEP EVEN MORE.
Once you get rid of the things you don’t use, want or need, you will be surrounded by only the things you love. You’ll find only keeping what’s important to you will invariably put you in a better mood. You may even discover things you love that you forgot you had or couldn’t find.
5. CLUTTER PLAYS TRICKS ON YOUR MIND.
Working at a desk that’s been cleaned and organized or cooking in a kitchen with clear counters and clean dishes makes you more efficient. Living in a house with less stuff has the same effect. Just think about how you feel when you wake up in a hotel room that’s clean, organized, and doesn’t have random items placed on every surface. Waking up in your own home with the same qualities means you can think about more important things like your family, job, or your goals rather than how much you need to declutter.
Getting rid of things can also be lucrative! And that’s the best feeling of all. Get in touch with us at Everything But The House to see about listing your unwanted items in an online estate or consignment sale. Our trained staff will sort, photograph, and write descriptions for each item before listing it in our online auctions. Once your items sell, you’ll receive a check for the proceeds within 30 days. It’s that easy!