And what can you do about it!
As the saying goes, “one man’s rubbish is another mans treasure”, and similar can be said for clutter. What one person sees as clutter someone else may find useful or loved.
Clutter – A collection of things lying about in an untidy stateNoun
So what can be classed as clutter?
Items that don’t have a home can become clutter, this doesn’t mean they aren’t needed, they may still be used, there just isn’t a dedicated home. This then leads to the item becoming clutter.
The solution – find a home, it may be in a completely different area of the house, or you may just need to define a storage solution.
Make sure to throw away all the rubbish!
It’s easy for letters to be left in piles rather than actioned (or filed), which means they are then clutter. Empty drinks cans left on the kitchen work surfaces, along with crisp packets or food wrappers, can be another culprit, but an easy fix.
Bottles of used hair products that are still in the shower cubicle, make-up that is all but finished, the empty toilet roll on the shelf!
Get into the habit of sorting through items which easily build up to clutter, it’s different for everyone. Spend 5 minutes a day checking that you have thrown away/recycled everything that is now rubbish.
But it was a bargain…
It’s so tempting to buy an item when it is sold to you as a “bargain“, possibly a “one time only” deal. But did you really need it?
If you stopped to really think about it’s use, rather than the price, would you still purchase it. It’s only a bargain if you already had considered purchasing it before you saw the advert.
Would you buy it at full price?
Over the last few years your shopping habits may have been affected by an implied risk of shortages. Many people bulk buy to feel safe and secure, if you have the room to store these items (and they are not perishable, or will get used in time), then this isn’t necessarily an issue. But when storing these items causes a problem in day to day life then it becomes clutter.
You can either create systems to ensure these items are stored well and are then used, or you can donate, there are many worthwhile causes.
Do you buy for the lifestyle you aspire to?
It is easy to fall into the trap of buying items that we think we will need for our future self. This isn’t the same as buying a winter coat in the end of season sale and then storing it away until it is needed. It is buying items that reflect a life-style we would “like to live”.
Maybe a formal dress for a function that we would probably never even attend, a ski jacket for a holiday that isn’t likely to be taken, sports wear for an activity we will probable never participate in. Craft items for a project that you possibly won’t even start. A bread maker because you feel that’s what you “should” be doing.
Even if in the future you has the opportunity to use these items, how much space have they taken up in your home before they have been used? Are they in fashion, usable, appropriate?
Keep only the items that you are using now, if items are seasonal, store them away but make sure they are relevant to your needs.
What about sentimental items that we are holding onto?
Do you keep items because you feel you “have to” or because they are sentimental and bring back memories.
Letting go of these items doesn’t mean you loose the memories. Maybe keeping just one item will remind you of a particular person, time or place. You don’t need to keep a whole box of stuff to achieve this.
These items can be, understandably, one of the hardest to let go, calling in a professional can help you along the way, without telling you what you have to throw away, that’s always your decision,
if you’re ready to declutter and get organised, please get in touch.
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