When it’s cold outside and the snow is falling, it’s natural to want to spend time indoors. Winter hibernation season is among us and it’s sure to be filled with lots of Netflix, cozy blankets and books. But why not make the most of it by tackling a few productive tasks during the frigid, snowy days? Decluttering and organizing your home is one of the best ways to use your time productively while you’re stuck inside.
Home Organization and Decluttering
When you spend a lot of time at home, you tend to notice all of the disorganization and clutter that lives in your house. Rather than spending snow days lazing on the couch, take this time to declutter your home and organize it the way you’ve always wanted to. Forget spring cleaning- start spring fresh with this tedious task already out of the way! There are numerous benefits of decluttering, from giving you more space, to forcing you to decide what’s really important to you. Here are 3 benefits of decluttering your home.
1. It Gives You More Space
Decluttering increases your space in a number of ways. It physically gives you more space by getting unnecessary items out of your home. Clutter can get in the way and even become hazardous if it begins to obstruct your path. Decluttering makes your home feel cleaner and more spacious. It also mentally gives you more space to breathe. If you’ve ever tried to do anything productive at home while staring at clutter, you know it’s almost impossible. A decluttered space makes you feel calm, less stressed and more productive.
2. It Shows You What’s Actually Important to You
Decluttering forces you to be selective about the items you want to keep in your life. You have to choose carefully about what you want to keep and what you’re okay with giving away, which shows you what’s important to you. You can let go of items that don’t matter to you and it makes you realize what you’ve been holding on to that you don’t need to be.
3. It Allows You To Give Back
There are numerous charities and organizations that take on unused or excess home goods, as well as lightly used clothing, and other useful items. Take a look at 3 ways to give back by decluttering your home.
Diabetes Canada allows you to drop off donations in a donation bin, or they’ll even come to pick up donations right from your home. They pick up items such as cameras, laptops, sporting goods, bakeware and cookware, small kitchen appliances, clothing, shoes, boots and sleeping bags. If you want to drop a donation in a donation box, you can drop items such as clothing, accessories, bags, curtains and general household textiles.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore program allows you to donate new or used home furnishings, appliances, kitchen and bath fixtures and other home renovation items. With your donations, Habitat for Humanity can build safe, decent homes for low-income families through their affordable home ownership program. You can drop off your donations at any ReStore location or schedule a free pick up.
Host a Yard Sale with Proceeds Going to Your Chosen Cause
Host a yard sale with all the items you’re purging from your home with the goal of raising money to donate to your chosen cause. Pick a charity that means something to you and give any money you make from the yard sale to its cause. This allows you to know exactly where your money is going and gives you the ability to make a difference to a charity that you truly care about.
Decluttering is one of the best things you can do during winter hibernation. Declutter and give back with these awesome ideas!