You know you want your house to be a clutter-free zone where you can find everything without stuff falling on top of you, where you can walk from room-to-room freely, where an unexpected guest doesn’t cause total panic and where you don’t have to spend 3 days tidying and cleaning before the in-laws visit. But somehow you just never seem to get round to doing anything about it. Why?
There are usually several reasons:
- It is too large a task – it will take ages and I just don’t have that kind of time
- I wouldn’t know where to start, there’s just too much
- I will have to buy loads of storage and I don’t have any spare cash
- I might need [insert the thing you have kept for ages] one day
- Messiness is a sign of creativity
Too large a task
If you think about a whole task, then it can seem overwhelming. Help out your mind by only focusing on one part of the mountain – sort out the junk drawer, triage your t-shirts or shake out the shed. Just do that one thing and worry about the other areas of your home later.
Where to start
As above – it doesn’t matter where you start as long as you start.
When you declutter, you often find that you can re-use what you already have. Less stuff means less stuff to store.
Might need….one day Your home is not a warehouse or a shop. If you haven’t used something for a year or more, then the chances are that you are not going to use it in the future. Or. if you do, you find it is out of date, not useable (plastic, for example, gets brittle) and you go and buy a new one anyway.
Messiness is NOT a sign of creativity, although we all have our own definition of messy! Even the most inspired artist can’t work if they can’t find their stuff.
So there you have it – no excuses left to not declutter! We all need a bit of help now and then though so if you would like help with your stuff, contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can chat through how I can help. I help people declutter in person in the South East London/North Kent area and by Skype elsewhere