Dec 15, 2020 by Danielle Andersen
If there’s a common truth among all Americans, it’s that we like our stuff. From furniture and clothes to books, holiday décor and other trinkets, we accumulate a lot of belongings as we age. By time we reach retirement age, our homes are packed full of items – some that are still valuable, but many more that are probably nothing more than clutter.
Clutter can weigh you down in more ways than one and leave you feeling trapped in your own home. Fortunately, decluttering can improve your mental and emotional wellbeing and put you in an easier spot to downsize in your golden years.
Does your house feel messy no matter how many times you clean it? Does constantly having to move belongings in order to get into your closet or complete a task frustrate you? Research shows that living in a cluttered home can actually decrease your quality of life.
In a study published in Current Psychology, researchers found that frustration with clutter tends to increase with age. In other words, the older you get, the more likely the clutter in your home decreases your life satisfaction.
The UCLA Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) found similar results. In studying 32 middle class families in California, the researchers found increased cortisol levels in female homeowners who had a high density of household items. The study also found that homeowners often tend to associate a clean home with happiness and success.
Research all but confirms that clutter can lead to stress. Fortunately, decluttering can have the opposite effect and improve your quality of life, especially in your retirement years.
Decluttering can feel like the weight of the world is being lifted off your shoulders. No longer will you grumble to yourself after tripping over a loose item or feel restless when looking around a cramped living room.
Decluttering is extremely good for you, offering the following benefits:
Decluttering can truly transform your life and put you at ease day in and day out. Once you’ve decluttered, you can also focus on downsizing to a home that fits your retirement lifestyle. In fact, downsizing to a senior living community like those offered by Knute Nelson can help you live a maintenance-free lifestyle where you have more time to do more of what you love.
Even after decluttering, is maintaining your home still too time-consuming? Moving to an independent living community can relieve you of that home maintenance. At Grand Arbor in Alexandria or Crystal Brook in Park Rapids, you can live an active lifestyle free of housekeeping, lawn care and snow removal.
Contact us today to learn more about independent living options at Knute Nelson.