Sometimes it helps to receive different perspectives on a subject. We all take in information differently and we have diverse interests and motivations. For those of you who’d like to delve deeper, check out this post listing some of the research into the psychological effects of Minimalism and decluttering.
Minimalism and decluttering
Minimalism and decluttering has so many benefits. In my experience, if you have too much going on around you and too many visual and mental distractions, you lose sight of what’s important.
You can’t see the wood for the trees (hence the image for this post).
Minimalism and decluttering means getting rid of the unnecessary and unimportant things in your home and your life. It enables you to find clarity and purpose.
Check out my other posts on Minimalism if you’d like to know more.
I think how our brain and bodies respond to Minimalism and decluttering is fascinating. It gives weight to the arguments for Minimalism and decluttering and helps to explain why so many people adopt Minimalism (to varying degrees) in their lives and why I think that Mums need Minimalism to make their lives simpler and easier!
Research studies support the theory that Minimalism and decluttering have a profound and wide-ranging impact on our emotional and physical wellbeing.
(Please note that I try to keep these links up to date and relevant. Please let me know at email@example.com if they don’t work, or you find some more links to add to the collection!).
Research into the psychological effects of Minimalism and decluttering
Joseph Chancellor and Sonja Lyubomirsky
Money for Happiness: The Hedonic Benefits of Thrift
Ryan T. Howell, Pauline Pchelin and Ravi Iyer
The preference for experience over possessions: Measurement and construct validation of the Experiential Buying Tendency Scale
Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn
Tedtalk: A Rich Life with Less Stuff
A Study in Psychological Science
Physical order promotes healthy choices
The National Institute of Mental Health
Family Burden of Compulsive Hoarding: Results of an Internet Survey
Tedtalk: The Surprising Science of Happiness
Tedtalk: The 100 things challenge
UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives of Families (CELF)
A Study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
You can also check out my post on recommended reading for books on Minimalism and simple living.
The Choosi Clutter Report
Check out this brilliant infographic which comes from the Choosi Clutter Report. It’s based on research undertaken in Australia but I think it brilliantly captures our relationship with clutter!
Produced by Choosi
Are you intrigued or inspired to give decluttering a go?
The benefits are massive if you can put in a little bit of effort to begin with.
Take my free 1 week declutter challenge – Declutter in Progress
A great place to start is with my 1 week declutter challenge. It’s completely free and will take you through decluttering four main areas/rooms in your home where you’ll see the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time.