The Christmas tree and decorations are tucked away, and your home is feeling a bit empty – or is it? Let’s talk about the wonders of decluttering that go beyond just making your space look neat. With the rise of decluttering trends on TV, social media, and among influencers, 2024 is the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon and discover the joy of decluttering for you and your entire family.

Simplicity is the Key

Decluttering means making space for things that genuinely make you happy. But what exactly is clutter? Well, it’s anything that doesn’t add value to your life or serve a purpose. Think clothes, papers, or that digital mess on your gadgets. Too much stuff? It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, and even a bit embarrassed.

According to a survey by Access Box Storage, most people in the UK declutter every few months, with around 8% admit they rarely or never do.  They also state that the most hoarded items tend to be kept in cupboards and drawers, followed by the attic or loft.

“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.” – Barbara Hemphill, Productivity and Organising expert.

Organising and decluttering might sound like a big task, but once you start, you’ll feel the magic of replacing “stuff” with space. It’s not just about getting rid of things; it’s about understanding why we cling to stuff and addressing the emotional ties to our possessions.

Why is it so hard to part with clutter? Here are a few of the most common reasons on what holds us back:

  • Sentimental Attachment – Emotional ties to gifts, heirlooms, or memorabilia can make it tough to let go.
  • ‘Just in Case’ Thinking – We all have that drawer full of things ‘just in case.’ It’s hard to let go of the ‘what ifs.’
  • Monetary Value – Hoping for a future sale, even if it takes time and effort.
  • Lack of Time or Energy – Busy schedules can make dealing with clutter a reason to procrastinate and put off making any decisions.
  • Waste Not, Want Not – Trying to live sustainably can make us keep things, even if they’re not in use.
  • Identity and Self-Worth – In a world where social media showcases material wealth daily, possessions can be seen as defining our identity and worth.

The Benefits of Decluttering for Dementia

Living with dementia can be stressful. Decluttering isn’t just a trend here; it’s a lifeline. It reduces stress linked to tidying, dusting, and safety concerns. People with dementia often hide things for safety, making decluttering crucial for a stress-free and secure environment.

Sleep Like a Baby

Quality sleep is crucial, especially for those with dementia. A clutter-free space creates a serene environment, supporting better sleep and a refreshed mind for the next day.

Watch Your Step!

Decluttering isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s a safety essential for people with dementia. Minimising hazards in the living space helps prevent accidents and keeps things confusion-free.

Decluttering when Downsizing

Downsizing into a care home is a significant transition, and decluttering plays a crucial role in making it a smoother journey. Streamlining possessions not only eases the physical move but also creates a simplified and organised living space.

Imagine an environment filled with cherished memories, promoting a sense of calm and positivity. Beyond the logistics of downsizing, it’s about prioritising joy, embracing minimalism, and creating a welcoming haven amidst the changes. According to decluttering guru, Marie Kondo – If it doesn’t ‘Spark Joy’, don’t keep it! Let’s celebrate the power of decluttering – the key to unlocking the next chapter with grace and style.

Whether you’re helping a loved one downsize, ensuring home safety, or selecting belongings for our care homes, decluttering together is a rewarding and meaningful way to spend your time.