Let’s talk about the importance of space. Having enough space to store all of your possessions, while still having enough room to breathe and live comfortably, is something that everyone should be mindful of. Think about it: You can technically fill your closet top to bottom with stuff until it’s full to the brim and the doors are threatening to pop off. You can fit a huge amount of clothing and knick knacks in that closet if you aren’t worrying about presentation and how much space everything has to breathe. But should you do that?
Sorry if I’m about to burst anyone’s bubble, but the answer is no.
Plenty of people would disagree. Lots of folks still subscribe to the commonly accepted notion that I like to call Too Much Stuff Syndrome. I’m not here to lecture you on how much stuff you should or shouldn’t have. I don’t know things you actually need in your life. Only you can figure that out. But, what I would like to encourage is that you consider how much space all that stuff is taking up.
Are your dresser drawers overflowing? Bookshelves cramped and messy? Does your kid have so many toys that they’re just scattered about the entire house? Are there piles of papers all over the kitchen counter?
Now, an even better question: How do those things make you feel? I bet a good number of you feel stressed or overwhelmed just thinking about it. Perhaps some of you don’t even want to acknowledge all those things because you don’t like how it makes you feel. If that’s the case, please know that there is nothing wrong with that. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed by clutter. There have been studies done on it and entire movements around minimalism. People have finally begun to recognize and accept the fact that the “More, more, more” mentality is actually doing more harm than good.
Too much clutter, mess, and stuff can increase your cortisol levels and make you super stressed. When we’re unhappy with our surroundings those feelings can bleed over into other areas of our lives and have a negative effect on our health, relationships, outlook, etc.
Aside from stress, there are other reasons to value having more space in your home: a) It’s more sanitary. You can’t clean your house well if you’re just cleaning around piles of stuff. b.) It’s more aesthetically pleasing. c.) It leaves more wiggle room and room for potential growth.
You might not be ready to dive head first into minimalism. To be honest, I can’t do it either. But you absolutely can start taking little steps to create more space in your home so that you can breathe.