The Joys of Decluttering

Freeing your home of unnecessary belongings gives you more room to breathe – and improves your well-being, too.

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Freeing your home of unnecessary belongings gives you more room to breathe – and improves your well-being, too.

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If you feel stressed when you enter your own home, it could be that you have too much clutter messing with your sense of well-being. Being selective about what to keep and what to toss can help you regain serenity in your space, and do wonders for both your physical and emotional health.

According to personal organisation guru and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo advises keeping only things that “spark joy in your heart”.

Here’s why decluttering is so beneficial for your well-being:

1. Less Dust, Better Health

The more possessions you own, the more dust you accumulate. Streamlining means having a neater, cleaner (and healthier!) space. Your wellness will improve without all those toxins and dust particles in the air.

2. Lower Stress Levels

According to psychologists, too much clutter can lead to anxiety and low self-esteem. By tackling the mess, you will feel better about yourself when you successfully discard the unnecessary.

3. A Safer Home

Stuff lying everywhere is an eyesore and may pose a safety hazard by causing you to trip, while stacks of books or papers provide easy fuel for potential fires. Keep your corridors clear for safety reasons.

4. More Room for Creativity

If you work from home, keeping your environment tidy is even more imperative. Your home office should be a neat, clutter-free zone. Watch your efficiency increase and your creativity spark when your workspace is free of junk and your mind is free to invent.

5. A Streamlined Life

Everyone prefers a home that’s a peaceful sanctuary, instead of one big pile-up of stuff. Go through your closets and set aside the clothes you have not worn in the past year, along with cherished items you no longer have room for. With fewer belongings in your home, you’ll have less to clean and maintain, freeing up space as well as time for yourself.


Self-storage facilities, such as EBC Lifestyle Hub, can free up valuable space in your home. They’re especially useful for storing bulky furniture, collector’s items and clothing that’s seldom worn, like evening dresses. Choose from air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned storage units, or even wine storage units.

Prices start from $45 per month for a small locker to $245 for a jumbo locker, with discounted rates for its 3, 6 and 12-month packages.

The self-storage hub is conveniently accessible 24 hours a day, via PIN card access, with individual padlocks for each unit.