How to Declutter Your Life for Better Mental Health

As you guys may or may not have noticed, I’m somewhat back now. I have been trying to reply to comments and visit other blogs. You guys left so many comments on the last few posts I published (thank you!) so it’ll take me a while to reply to everyone and visit all the blogs but I’ll get there someday I promise lol! Hope everyone had a great new year and that 2022 is going well for you.

It’s officially been about a week so I thought I would post again and I thought I would write it on something I’m currently working on which is decluttering.


Your physical environment can affect how you feel mentally. If your home is too messy or you feel like you don’t have enough space, it can really get you down. When your home is too cluttered and disorganized, it can make your brain feel more disorganized too. It can make you feel more stressed and make it difficult to focus. Plus, you can feel ashamed of inviting people over if your home isn’t very tidy. Decluttering can help to improve your mental health and make you a more organized person with better focus and even improved self-esteem. Use these methods to deal with clutter.

Sort Out Your Storage

Good storage is essential if you want to avoid clutter in your home. By ensuring you have plenty of storage, you can give everything in your home a place to be. When you’ve finished using something, you can put it back where it’s supposed to go. This prevents everyday clutter from building up and making your home look messy. If you need more storage, buy some storage solutions for storing various items. You might even benefit from looking for extra storage space, such as a storage unit or garage that you can use.

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Declutter Digitally

Clutter isn’t just physical. It can also be digital, especially in this day and age, when many of your important things are digital files. If you have a lot of documents, media, and various other files that need to be organized, you can declutter it to free up digital space. Is your iCloud storage full? Getting rid of unnecessary files or moving them elsewhere will allow you to declutter and free up space. You might have documents from years ago that you no longer need to keep. You can organize different files into various folders so everything is easier to find.

Clear Out Unwanted Stuff

Getting rid of things that you no longer need can really help to declutter your home. You might not notice at first but your stuff can build up over time. Eventually, you could have a lot of stuff that you no longer want or need. Having a good clear out of all of your things will help you to offload anything that’s not useful to you anymore. You can decide whether you want to sell, donate or throw out your things (recycling where possible). You can feel a lot lighter once it’s done.

Tidy Up Daily

Keeping on top of clutter is another important way to stay organized for your mental health. It can start to gather if you don’t make an effort to keep your home tidy. Try to tidy up every day to ensure clutter doesn’t gather in the corners and on various surfaces. It should only take a few minutes to put your things away and make sure everything is in its proper place, especially if you have the correct storage.

Declutter your life and you can find that your mental health starts to improve. It can reduce stress and help you feel lighter and happier.


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49 thoughts on “How to Declutter Your Life for Better Mental Health

  1. So true. I did a big clean up two years ago after watching Marie Kondo on Netflix. After that the clutter just gradually creep back and now I think I need another big organizing event. I thought of doing that before the new year, but so lazy…

    1. Lol I can be very lazy with cleaning too but recently I have been trying very hard to get rid of things I don’t need as well as just consciously try to be cleaner/less messy.

  2. Can very much relate! I’ve spent a few hours cleaning up electronic files for work and home and it also cleared my mind. Always feels good to have things in order. It’s so worth taking the time to do it!

  3. Ah, decluttering…I do enjoy a good declutter! I just find it hard to figure out where to put things. The house is too small! 😔

  4. I’m very much of an “A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place” kind of person. When I met my current partner, he was very much not. I’ll never forget the first time I went to his house and saw the mounds of unopened mail on every surface. Now that we live together, we’ve compromised with a couple of spots that are allowed to get cluttered up (ie. mail and receipts get piled *here* until they get taken to the office for filing), but overall, he’s come around to my way of thinking. It’s so much easier to decompress in a home that’s neat and organized as opposed to one that’s chaotic.

  5. Oh thank you for posting this. I am also beginning on this journey. For over four years I have had one roommate. She is the laziest human I’ve ever encountered, she does ZERO housework. I would have kicked her out a long time ago except that our apartment is basically one step above a slum. It’s a long story how I got here. Before I blame it all on this roommate, I will admit that most of the clutter is mine. I had every intention on decluttering and re-organizing when this roommate moved in. When she did, she repeatedly said, “Oh, I’m totally into making this place a home.” That was lie number one. She sits on the sofa poking around her phone. She’s there right now. That is all she does. Ok, I’ll stop complaining about her…my point is, that you are absolutely correct about the clutter and disorganization negatively impacting your mental health. I wrote a post about decluttering our pantry. I started this project in November or December. I’m not yet done. I’m going to finish the last shelf tonight. I’ve had to go slow because of my shoulder injury-I was in a four car collision. I’d like to text the link to your post to that roommate, but it will do no good. Long story short we took in a third roommate because she had to get out of a dangerous situation. She cares about organization and cleanliness and has been an inspiration. Thank you, again, for this post and reinforcing my resolve to make domestic changes.

  6. Great post Pooja. There must be something about New Year that makes us want to declutter. I’ve just finished reading Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-changing Magic of Tidying’ and my blog post (going live later today) is also about decluttering!! I’m convinced that decluttering your physical stuff helps declutter your mind. It’s all about freeing up space. Thank you for posting!

  7. Yes, I am big on decluttering. I do it slowly so I don’t overwhelm myself as I struggle to throw away anything sentimental. My next step is to box up my old university textbooks and put them in storage, so I have some room for photo albums and the kids’ stuff. And I definitely need to get a handle on the digital files!

  8. “Your physical environment can affect how you feel mentally.”

    After reading this line, I decluttered my study table and now finally ending the post.🤓

  9. This feels like a nudge Pooja lol. It’s on my to-do list to tidy up my laptop and I would have a lot more storage if I actually sorted out the stuff that I no longer use. It will all get done… maybe… at some point… probably? Haha. Thank you for the tips.

  10. Very wise. I’ve tried to teach that to my family as well. That the room gives a feeling, it can change the mood. You’re more joyful in a clean, decluttered homey environment.

  11. I’m also the type of person who clutters here and there and also declutters every day but lately, I am not on this and the only work is to study and write blogs. It has also made my mind lazy. So thank you for this post because after reading this I had done decluttering my room.

  12. Yes I love this! A clean space really allows you to have a clean mind – especially in the new year! You’ve actually inspired a part of a post I’m currently doing, I’ll credit you! :))

  13. Welcome home, Pooja! It’s good to have you back. Decluttering is wonderful! I recently underwent a massive declutter of my wardrobes and I feel fantastic! Good post.

  14. Clean room means a happy and lighter me! I always I clean just to procrastinate but this post makes me feel so much better about keeping my space clean. I just got the nudge to get rid of some stuff I don’t use.

  15. It’s definitely true that physical environment can affect us mentally and I have also realised how easy it becomes, we think clearer and better and our mood is good. Decluttering helps!

  16. This is so insightful!! I always start my patients off on this because I have found it effective for me. Simply putting things where they belong does so much for you psychologically. At its base it gives you autonomy over something when you may feel to cluttered to have autonomy over anything. 1 step at a time is how you work to get healthier and decluttering is a great way to begin that beautiful journey of self discovery and healing. I love your words!! I can’t wait to see more!

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