Decluttering can be a very worthwhile and valuable project. There is a wide array of benefits to the process. Yet, decluttering on its own is a fruitless effort. Without personal evaluation and insight, any progress you make will more than likely be undone in a short period of time. Read on to discover why decluttering won’t work and how deeper personal insight can lead to lasting change.
Decluttering doesn’t require introspection
Getting rid of stuff you haven’t used in the last year or donating an item of clothing for each new piece you bring home are short-term fixes. For decluttering methods to work, you must reflect on your reasons for the decisions you make about your possessions, such as making statements on your values, passions and desires.
Decluttering won’t help you understand your attachment to possessions
Dig a little deeper, you must actually consider your motivations behind your attachment to the stuff you own. For example, do you hold onto things because you fear being without? Further thought may lead to the realization that you are holding onto habits from a childhood of poverty and that it’s okay now to let go of your over-abundance of stuff.
Decluttering doesn’t necessarily benefit others
Decluttering without mindfulness does little to help others who could benefit from your excess. Taking steps to get rid yourself of some things and tidy up, without understanding your reasons for doing so, rarely leads to the benefits that could come from purposeful action. When you understand what you hope to gain from this release of clutter, you can significantly pare down your possessions, allowing more people to benefit from your abundance.
Decluttering has no impact on your debt
You may think decluttering can help you raise some cash by selling your unwanted things. However, without examining your motives for acquiring so much stuff and evaluating your priorities in life, you’re practically guaranteed to buy more items to take the place of those you’ve sold.
Decluttering rarely leads to lifestyle changes
Mindless decluttering is temporary. Your clean and organized environment is merely a illusion that isn’t likely to last. If you want to change your life by implementing healthy changes and making positive strides, you first must do the work of introspection. Taking time to evaluate what has led to your clutter and to consider your lifestyle goals will go a long way toward creating a soothing home environment that lasts.
Decluttering doesn’t work on its own, but combining it with mindfulness can lead to success.