Project Declutter

Reasons to say goodbye


Decluttering your home feels great, but sometimes it is hard to say goodbye. Here are some thoughts to help you see the light and declutter…

Less choice – less stress

Take clothes for example. If you own fewer clothes, you’ll find them quicker, have less laundry and the clothes you do wear will always be the things you really like.

Better for the environment

Buying less will reduce your carbon footprint.  Buy food locally that you’re sure you’ll use up.

You’ll feel lighter

Whether you’re dealing with your own clutter or have inherited someone else’s stuff, keeping your possessions down to the essentials will help to lighten your load.

It’s pointless not to

What’s in the loft? If you can’t remember, then what’s the point of it being there at all? Just think how lovely it would be to clear your shed, attic or any over-stuffed room, and be able to see the sun streaming through a window on to an empty floor.

It’s good for your mind

Less chaos soothes the mind. Don’t turn your head into a bin!

Possessions attach you to the past

Keeping too many things that remind you of the past – hoards of old photos, furniture and inherited items – can stop you from moving forwards, especially if there are unhappy memories attached to them.

Display your lovely things

Removing the clutter lets you show off the items that make you happy.


  • Words: Anna Lambert
  • Photograph: Julia Karo / Shutterstock
  • Article extract from issue 1 of Breathe – order digital edition here

Responses (3)

  1. Angie
    November 30, 2017 at 10:12 am · Reply

    Just wanted to say how great this actually feels! I often sort through my possessions to see if I need them or will continue to make use of them to make use of space and a minimal lifestyle. For example I’ve recently been clearing out my clothes, first selling them if good quality and then donating, or giving them to H&M clothes recycling. For my old books I book swap with friends, or give them to friends interested, or again donate them for a better cause than sitting on my shelves. I find the whole process of ‘decluttering’ therapeutic and refreshing, allowing more space and clarity in my home. It also means the use of my possessions does not go wasted, passing it onto others who are more interested, in need or of want of such things. I highly recommend the occasional sort out, the effects are surprisingly refreshing.

    • Josh
      November 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm · Reply

      Hello Angie, yes it does feel great! I recently had a clear out of books at home and took them to a second hand bookshop – was surprised they were worth so much! The ones they didn’t want went straight to the charity shop. It always feels good to donate. Thanks for reading! Josh from Breathe.

  2. Samantha
    January 3, 2018 at 11:01 pm · Reply

    All of these are helpful things to keep in mind when trying to cut back on stuff, including Angie’s point about it being a more efficient use of unneeded items . Why hang on to that extra aquarium if I am unlikely to use it? It could be housing fish for someone else, right now, instead of gathering dust in my attic.

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