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The Benefits of Decluttering & Home Organization

Home with an organized garage

Organization is the key to home improvement. Whether you are improving an existing space or moving to a new one, home organization and storage is vital. It doesn't matter if you do it annually, monthly, or according to some other schedule. Most homes benefit from a regular purge and organize routine. Even if you've put it off numerous times, it's never too late to get started.

For some of us, clearing out and sprucing up can feel like a monumental task we'd prefer to avoid. It's true that it can be a challenge — but the benefits are worth the effort. Everyone can declutter and organize their home. If you are a procrastinator when it comes to home organization, simplify your bucket list. Then tackle one project at a time. Prioritize what to do first by considering the most cost-effective ways to improve your living spaces. This will bring instant satisfaction and the motivation to try more. Decluttering and home organization is a journey worth taking. Read on for more reasons to get started right away.

10 Reasons to Organize Your Home

  1. The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals reports that 64% of Americans are dissatisfied with the amount of storage space in their home: It's all about home improvement and ultimately, home value. If you aren't happy with what your home has to offer, chances are that no one else will be either. Luckily, this is something that is easy to address. Add a wall unit to provide extra storage in your basement, garage, or even a hallway. Any unused section of wall can become a storage center. Look for a spot that's at least 48-inches wide so that you have enough room to walk comfortably in front of the unit. Length can be any amount but the longer the wall space, the more storage you can have. But no matter where you find the space to put your new storage unit, it's going to bring a good return on investment because so many people want this feature.
    hallway storage unit
    This storage center was installed along the wall of a very narrow loft. The odd shape of the loft meant that it was basically wasted space before the new storage system went in. Now it provides shelves and extra hanging areas behind the closed doors.
  2. 80% of the clutter in homes is a result of disorganization, not lack of space: This is actually good news. You don't need to spend money on a bigger house. Chances are, you already have the space you need. You just need to learn how to use it to its fullest potential. A good system of closet organizers can go a long way towards increasing your storage. In fact, a well-designed closet will often double your storage space. And you can slip that closet space into the most unlikely alcoves and corners. Or make your furniture serve double duty by including storage areas below seating, flanking media centers, and surrounding the headboard of the bed.
    Basement rec room storage unit
    This entertainment center provides a large space for a TV and other media components in the center of the system. This system is designed to provide floor-to-ceiling storage opportunities in the home's rec room. Surrounding the TV and media shelves, additional cabinet space allows tubs of toys and other miscellaneous household good to be stored in an organized manner. Bottom drawers are meant to offer easy access for young children so that they can put their own things away.
  3. Managing the volume of clutter has been directly linked to elevated levels of stress: It's well documented that mess equals stress. Princeton's Neuroscience Institute conducted studies showing that the brain processes all the visual clutter as unresolved tasks that need to be done. This is a constant drain on our concentration and productivity. The constant nagging on our brains will drain any person of energy, making us tired and stressed out. In some people, it may even lead to depression, insomnia, weight gain, and serious health issues. For the sake of your health, it's best to decultter as much as you can.
  4. The average American burns 55 minutes a day looking for things: Do you ever feel like there's never enough time to do all the things you'd like to do? Are you always in a rush? Think of all the time wasted looking for things that could better be spent with family, friends, or just plain relaxing. But you can do something about this. Get a handle on your time management by decluttering your environment. You'll be surprised by how much more time you end up with.
    Woman looking under the bed
  5. 23% of adults say they pay bills late because they lose them: This has happened to almost everyone at one time or another. The problem is that if it happens regularly, it can affect your credit rating. The key to staying on top things is home organization. Pay your bills as soon as they come in and use a filing system to keep track of what's paid and what's not. Scan as many documents as possible and store them digitally. The remaining paper receipts, invoices, etc. need to go into file drawers. But you don't necessarily need to buy an office filing cabinet. Standard 12-inch-high drawers can be outfitted with file drawer inserts to help with this. Customize a drawer in your home office, kitchen, or bedroom for this purpose.
    File drawers for a home office storage system
    The drawers on this home office storage cabinet have been customized with file drawer inserts that accept hanging file folders. Available for legal and letter files, they keep all the papers discreetly organized.
  6. Eliminating clutter reduces an average of 40% of housework: Face it, no one likes to do housework. But we all have it to some degree. Why not get rid of as much of it as possible by eliminating clutter in the home? You'll spend less time cleaning, but your home will still look nice when visitors stop by. There's no downside to decluttering. Your time can be better spent on family, friends, hobbies, relaxing — just about anything is better than housework.
    Woman relaxing on a sofa in her clean and organized home
  7. 25% of clothing in closets goes unworn: Most people only wear 20-25% of their available clothing. The rest is kept around "just in case". This fact alone makes a strong case for setting aside time for an annual purge of our unused clothes. There are many charities that need and accept unused or gently worn clothing. Why not make a donation? It's not worth saving old clothes for some future, unforeseeable event. Get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. Your entire home organization will benefit from it. Besides, if an occasion does arise, you deserve something new anyway.
  8. 27% of our unused "stuff" is piled up in bedrooms: This stems from the previous point about not wearing most of our clothes. It's time to adopt a more European aesthetic when it comes to our wardrobes. Fewer pieces that can mix and match to make numerous outfits are better than keeping a lot of one-offs that you may or may not wear again. Reclaim your bedroom for sleeping and relaxing. Everyone benefits from waking up refreshed after a good night's sleep. Unfortunately, chances are your clutter is preventing you from getting the best night's sleep possible. (By the way, the other 73% of our unused "stuff" generally ends up piled in the garage — also unhealthy).
    Bedroom clutter and disorganization
    This before picture shows a bedroom before it has undergone decluttering through the addition of two new wardrobe closets. Check out that same bedroom below after the magical transformation wheres everything has a place to go.
    Bedroom after decluttering and new organization system is installed
  9. The most sought after storage spaces in new homes include garage storage space, walk-in kitchen pantries, laundry rooms, and new this year — the cloffice: Everyone wants a well-organized home with dedicated places to put their "stuff." Important to note, they're also willing to pay to get them. That means any time or money you spend on home improvements in this area will most likely pay off when it comes time to sell. A garage with adequate storage cabinets means there will be room to park a car indoors. Walk-in kitchen pantries mean less need for upper kitchen cabinets, allowing for a more open and decluttered kitchen. Laundry is one of the most dreaded household chores, but it is unavoidable. A pleasant space to do the laundry makes the whole experience a little more tolerable. New to this list is the cloffice — a small closet converted to home office use. Due to the COVID pandemic, more people have felt the need for some sort of dedicated office space at home that can be closed off after work hours are completed. The "cloffice" satisfies this need and provides a place to keep all your work-from-home gear organized.
  10. It is estimated that there is $15,000,000,000 in unused gadgets in junk drawers around the world*: There seems to be a gadget for everything these days and new ones are coming out all the time. This is especially true in the kitchen. But how many of the gadgets that you own are actually used? If you have the drawer space for them then great, continue to buy gadgets. If your drawers are bulging, however, you may need to rethink your gadget storage strategy. Pair down to what you use on a routine basis. Keep those "maybe someday" items in an accessible storage box in the basement or garage so that you can find it if you need it. Then organize the remaining contents of your drawers with drawer dividers so that you know what goes where. The increased organization will not only look better, but will ensure shorter prep time because you won't have to stop and look for what you need.
    organized kitchen drawers
    These drawers belong to the kitchen in a small studio apartment. The kitchen received new pantry organizers in the form of a baking station. The drawers all include organizers to make the most of limited space.

*Source: NAPO

Do you have an area in your home that could benefit from a custom home organization solution?

It may be the basement. It may be the garage. It may be the kitchen or bedroom. The fact is, almost everyone has an area in the home that could use better home organization. It's time to make the commitment to do something about it. There are enough reasons to organize your home that the need can't be ignored. So why not take the plunge? And your friends at Closet Works are ready to help with custom storage solutions that will clear the clutter for good.