Getting To Grips With Clutter

There are a thousand reasons why we end up with a cluttered home or office space. Clutter is becoming a modern day problem. Possessions accumulate because it’s too easy to purchase and take home lots of ‘stuff’ that we are not necessarily attached to, but we keep them anyway. Despite not having room for these possessions we manage to squeeze them into a cupboard, or we place them in a random place, and then resent them because they are in the way.

Its clutter if it’s:

  • Annoying

  • In the way

  • No longer useful

So just how do you deal with all these objects, when it is not your biggest priority, and you don’t feel you have the time to manage them? The best way is to change how you are dealing with your possessions. What you have been doing so far has not worked out so trying a new approach can only improve the situation (or keep you in the same place - either way nothing to lose).

Start. Thats the best advice I can give you, and its where so many people stumble. Everything seems stacked against you and its overwhelming. If you move one thing from a random placement to a better place you have made progress. Clutter only accumulates because you have not decided if you need it or where you will keep it.

Decide. There are only a few things to consider in your declutter:

  • Have you used it in the last 6-12 months? Keeping things for a rainy day is questionable. Out of sight out of mind means that even if a situation arises where you could use it, you are likely to have forgotten you even had it!

  • Do you need it? It has to make your life better or whats the point? Its like having a lodger that does not pay rent! Keeping what you truly need will free up a ton of space.

  • Do you love it? There are some things that are sentimental and there is nothing wrong with that. However, a word of caution, if you keep every item of art your child ever produced, you will need a larger and larger home. Remember that memories are in your head and heart not the objects themselves. Pick a few really special pieces to keep.

  • What are you going to do with the things you no longer need? Charity shops are great for your discarded goods if they are in a reasonable condition. Even broken goods can be upcycled and there are great Facebook Groups that encourage recycling. Check out your local groups.

Give yourself these tasks today and you are on your way.

It need not take longer than 15 minutes a day (if you are busy), to make progress. Over the course of a week thats nearly 2 hours of sifting and sorting.

1. Select a room to start working on - what is your biggest priority? What room frustrates you the most?

2. Put the objects you are sorting into the following categories

  • Keep

  • Recycle

  • Discard

Pick up everything you are sorting because it you just look at them, you don’t really connect, to make the right decision. Things to be donated and discarded leave the house as soon as possible so that you don’t change your mind.

3. Put the things you are keeping into the room where its logical to store them - you don’t have to sort out storage solutions at this stage, its better to work on your chosen priority room first or you wander from room to room and get disheartened.

Thats it! A short amount of time each day, or every couple of days really adds up. Have a picture in your mind of the end result and that will spur you on. You will soon make a habit of getting organised.

I would love to know how you get on.

Good luck x