Accumulating ‘stuff’ is a very human habit, albeit an outdated one. Many scientists have theorised that the pull to buy and store things we don’t need or even really want stems from a natural and adaptive instinct run amok. To hoard food, furs and all of those essentials for survival that are simply not essential anymore. As a result, we are still compelled to gather but rather than fulfilling a need, instead we are now left feeling stressed, unable to focus and unsatisfied.
On the surface, this means Gubbins on shelves, unused kitchen appliances and mounting trinkets but to reap the full benefits of Decluttering (of which there are many), you must extend your clear out to the hidden away too. Wardrobes full of clothes you don’t want should be streamlined to contain only the items you love and of course kitchen cupboards and drawers should be the same.
Although simply tidying up can make you feel a whole lot better, the act of Decluttering (actually getting rid of everything you don’t love or regularly use, rather than hiding it away for another day) enables you to make active decisions about what belongs in your life right now – living firmly in the present rather than hanging onto the past. In this, we are given the opportunity to release not only material clutter, but emotional too, making this the perfect way to start the new year.