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The importance of editing your home

Today I want to share some ideas on why I think it’s important we edit our homes over and over… It’s a way to take stock of what you’re living with and it’s also a great asset to have – ie. the ability to cull and declutter. A lot of people find it very difficult to let go of stuff, and in return they rarely realise they are hindering their own abundance…

Your house is like a sponge, and it holds on to bad energy when you have too many things surrounding you. You need to be solid in your decision when it’s time to edit everything around you. Indecisiveness won’t help!

If you start with a list, and break it down in to rooms (or areas of rooms) then it becomes a little less overwhelming.

Once you decide it’s time to do an edit, then here’s what I see as YOUR benefits!


Decrease stress

People feel more anxious and more stressed when they think their home isn’t clean or neat enough. I know what that feels like! But when I’ve had a good clean and good tidy (throwing some things out along the way), I feel a little bit of calmness come over me. Less stress is good… If the space we live, eat and sleep in is tidy and not full of stuff, we make way for the good vibes to flow.

Clearer mind

“When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus. The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.” – source. So a clear space, leads to a clear mind. That’s a definite bonus for editing your home.

Breathe better

Dust lands on all the extra items lying around our homes. Yucky dust particles containing pollen, skin, dog germs and even fecal matter can live with all that dust. Shudder. It just means more cleaning for you! Time to think about editing some things out of your home??

Don’t waste time on stuff

Spend your time with the people you love, not cleaning and worrying about tidying all the time. Edit out all the unnecessary things in your home once and for all, so you can spend your time doing more activities outside, or catching up with friends or working on your hobby.

Clutter blocks abundance

I am pretty good at balancing new stuff in with old stuff out. I don’t continually add news things in to my home unless I have already edited items out. It’s the same with food. I don’t stockpile things. I buy as I need it, we eat it and then we start again. Clutter is also a way of avoiding our feelings. We wrap ourselves in things which makes us feel better for a moment, but it’s only adding to the problem as we become surrounded by too many things. How are we supposed to welcome abundance in to our homes and lives when we block it with clutter? Abundance can mean many things, but for example, we might be thinking of money… do you have unopened bills, no idea where your accounts are up to?? Then getting on top of this clutter paves the way for abundance to be welcomed in to your home.

Stagnant Energy

Every time you clean your home you are removing negative energy. Cleaning your home or workspace will make it lighter and more positive. This is a result of organising, ridding yourself of things you no longer need and removing toxic items from your environment. Just opening windows brings in fresh, positive energy. I am also a big fan of smudging my home with white sage to clear energy. The smoke from dried sage actually changes the ionic composition of the air, and can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response.

Sell for more money

Your home will be worth more and if you’re thinking of selling, less clutter will definitely raise the value. That’s a huge bonus! If you’re not thinking of moving though, just imagine that every time you edit what is in and around your house you’re actually adding value to it. What a great motivation!


If you’ve got a spare hour today, why not start writing a list of the spaces you could edit over the weekend?

♥ KC.


  • Joanne Costa

    Doing this exactly at the moment. While packing up a house to move is no fun at all, it is a great chance to declutter. And this has made me realise how much i have held onto meaningless crap!!

    • Katrina (author)

      Moving house is always a turning point isn’t it? Good luck! X

  • Jo Williams

    Great article Katrina. I am getting better at decluttering but still need some help. I just love pretty things so will follow the rule of 1 new in , 1 old out.

  • Kylie

    So very true….a post that hits home with me. Progress not perfection and decluttering I will go!

    • Katrina (author)

      Good luck. XX

  • Susan

    Uncannily hit the spot with me as I am surrounded by a desk with more papers than surface to work from, and that is the tip of the iceberg 🙂 It is said that things own us and not the other way around. It’s been in my mind to start the “culling” process as I prepare for a new life in the country, this could not have been more timely – thanks. I am now inspired to start this weekend

    • Katrina (author)

      You’re welcome. An impending house move always kicks us in to gear! X

  • T N

    I love this post!

    I come from a family of hoarders and have never wanted to be like them (no disrespect intended), so tend to get a little carried away with not keeping ‘stuff’ around. If something doesn’t spark joy, then out it goes. As soon as a bill is received in the post, it gets scanned and securely stored to an external hard drive, the paper copy shredded. Magazines get binned as soon as they’ve been read (with the exception of glossy architecture and interiors titles [there’s a cool thing in the US that you can sign up to, to receive all your magazines via email! I wish it would come to this part of the world]; and we definitely do not do knick knacks.

    I spent some time visiting one of my hoarder relatives recently and I just felt so unwell … the smell of newspaper, ‘stuff’ in general … it was just awful. There wasn’t even a clear space on the table to put our teacup. It really is something that can spiral out of control quickly (I’ve offered to help but have been turned down). I came home with a cloudy head and felt really grumpy … honestly, nothing can compare to a lovely clean, ‘edited’ space.

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