So much is said about the wonders of decluttering and how it can benefit your life – and those are all entirely true. The freedom of suddenly finding you had more space than you ever imagined you would be able to have, combined with suddenly being able to actually find items in your home, is a potent and enjoyable mix.
Nevertheless, there are a few things that decluttering pushes into motion that aren’t so great to deal with. These things don’t detract from the huge benefits you can achieve when you finally blitz a room and ensure everything that’s in there really needs to be in there, but to be forewarned is to be prepared – so what are the inevitable consequences of any decluttering sessions?
You’re Going To Want To Redecorate
When you remove unnecessary items from your home, it’s inevitable that you’re going to turn up a few less-than-stellar decorating issues. You now have more space, which means more of the walls and flooring are exposed to view – and they might not be ready for a close up. Without a convenient amount of stuff to stack in front of the less attractive parts of the room’s decor, you can find yourself itching to grab a paintbrush and go and fix those issues.
Which is all well and good – and you could transform the room into something genuinely useful to you – but it does mean you can feel like you’re on an endless quest of home improvement!
You’re Going To Need To Deep Clean
The items that have been filling drawers, lining walls, and hidden beneath unneeded furniture are going to go – which could expose a few areas you thought you had been cleaning efficiently, but apparently haven’t. It’s incredibly difficult to go about your usual cleaning routine when there’s so much stuff in the way, and by removing that stuff, you’ll inevitably find there’s some more work to be done.
It’s best to try and blitz the cleaning efforts all in one go, combining a day spent washing walls, carpet cleaning, and polishing all furniture back up to its best. Then you will know what you’re dealing with in terms of how the room can be used; it’s a chance for a literal fresh start!
You’re Going To Have Gone Too Far
When you declutter, it can become almost addictive – a little rush of excitement every time you throw something away, delighting in your decisiveness at such an action. The problem is, it’s more than conceivable that you’ll go too far, and find yourself decluttering items that really shouldn’t have been decluttered!
The best solution is to have a staging area; ideally the garage, where you keep items for a month or so after removal from their usual home, just to ensure they’re not needed.
Wishing you the happiest of decluttering experiences – even if there might be a few bumps along the way!