The Benefits of Decluttering: Tips for Simplifying Your Space and Reducing Stress

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Written by Tiffany Izenour, Principal Broker & Owner of Freedom Property Management and Sales

We help many people get their homes ready for sale, and one challenge that we see regularly is people stressed over decluttering their “stuff.” Decluttering is the process of simplifying and organizing your space, getting rid of items that are no longer needed or serving a purpose. It can seem daunting, but the benefits of decluttering are numerous and well worth the effort. Here are some of the benefits and tips for getting started:

  1. Reduced Stress: Clutter can be overwhelming, leading to feelings of stress and anxiety for many people. Decluttering can help create a calm and organized environment, reducing stress levels and improving overall well-being.
  2. Increased Productivity: Clutter can be distracting and make it difficult to focus on tasks. By decluttering your space, you can create a more efficient and productive environment.
  3. Improved Mental Health: Clutter can also lead to feelings of guilt and shame. By letting go of items that are no longer serving a purpose, you can free yourself from these negative feelings and improve your mental health.
  4. Increased Storage Space: Decluttering can help create additional storage space by getting rid of items that are taking up valuable real estate.
  5. Financial Benefits: Decluttering can also lead to financial benefits by selling items that are still in good condition or donating them to a charity.

So, how do you get started? Here are some tips for decluttering:

  1. Start Small: Removing your clutter can seem even more overwhelming than it’s worth, so it’s important to start small. Pick one room or area to focus on and work your way through it before moving on to the next.
  2. Ask Yourself “Does it Serve a Purpose?”: When deciding whether to keep an item, ask yourself if it serves a purpose or brings joy. If the answer is no, it’s time to let it go.
  3. Make Three Piles: When decluttering, make three piles: keep, donate/sell, and trash. This makes it easier to keep track of what you’re getting rid of and what you’re keeping.
  4. Set a Timer: Decluttering can take longer than you expect, so it’s important to set a timer. This will help you avoid getting bogged down in one area and moving forward.
  5. Seek Help: Decluttering can be difficult, especially when it comes to emotional items. Consider seeking the help of a friend or professional organizer.

Decluttering can seem like a big task, but the benefits are worth it. By starting small, asking yourself the right questions, and setting a timer, you can declutter your space and simplify your life.


Freedom Property Management & Sales is a Manassas-based real estate firm that can help you to rent your home or buy or sell this year. From military and government moves, to investment purchases and rightsizing, they can answer your real estate questions. Call anytime at 703-330-1776 to discuss the market and questions you have with your home. Led by Broker Tiffany Izenour, Freedom Property Management & Sales brings an excellent full staff to meet your real estate needs.


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