Want to live in an organized and comfortable home? But your too over whelmed by clutter to get started? Here are 3 steps you can take today to control your clutter and start making progress toward a clutter free home.
This post and my other declutter tips will explain simple actions to help you get rid of the guilt and get you started on the road to becoming an expert at de cluttering.
Over whelmed with too much stuff?
How many people have “de clutter” as a New Years resolutions… Every year? Yet they make no progress.
Frankly, it’s just too easy to become overwhelmed by clutter. When you’re faced by a mountain of stuff… or a spare room that hasn’t been usable in years… or a garage you can’t park a bike in much less a car… just getting started seems impossible.
So you don’t.
I totally get that! I’ve lived with clutter for many years. In fact, it was only a brief few years ago that I got fed up enough to finally get a grip on the problem.
Before that, I was just like you, with the same clutter related issues. I was so frustrated and thought it was impossible to be clutter free.
Ready? Lets dig in. I hope that by the end of this post, you’ll feel better about your self, the process you facing, and the living with out clutter.
Why we get overwhelmed by clutter.
There are so many reasons we allow clutter to take over.
- We inherit things
- we feel guilty getting rid of useful things.
- we are naturally a bit messy, and it snowballs into clutter.
- We stock pile ‘good deals’ buy don’t have a plan for actually using the items.
- We feel too busy to take care of things.
- We simply never noticed the mess until we realized we were too embarrassed to let anyone inside.
- We have a lot of people living in our home and there’s just too much stuff to keep track of. Plus, its not our stuff and we feel resentful.
- We don’t have systems in place to deal with every day life and the stuff that goes along with it.
Sometimes, we just get overwhelmed by everything else we have to do. We juggle alot of things, and there are times when we can’t even think about taking on the giant medicine ball of decluttering.
The thing is, by the time you get to this point, often the reasons for the mess are either forgotten or they aren’t nearly as important as what you do next.
3 things to do when your paralyzed by clutter.
But what exactly can you do when you know there’s this huge clutter problem and you don’t feel ready to tackle it yet?
I’ll let you in on a little secret I’ve learned over the past few years…
De cluttering is more about your mind than about the stuff.
While I’m a huge fan of action and just doing something to start getting the clutter out of the house, I totally understand if your not quite there yet.
Clutter comes with emotional baggage. Sometimes removing the clutter removes the baggage, but Sometimes we have to get our head in the right place first.
1 Work on your mind set.
Here’s what you need to remember.
- It doesn’t matter how all the stuff came into your home.
- It doesn’t matter how much stuff there is.
- It doesn’t matter whether you have access to recycling or donation facilities.
- It doesn’t matter how much money you spent on all the stuff.
At this point in your life, none of those possessions are serving you, and its ok to let them go.
You wont loose anything by getting the stuff out of your home. Let it go.
You are not eternally responsible for items you’ve inherited from others. Let them go.
Your not required to save the planet by recycling every bit of fabric or broken toys or anything like that. Let it go.
You don’t have to take on the job of trying to list and sell all the things you might think have value. Let them go.
You don’t have to “use up” items you purchased years ago that you never really like. Let them go.
All you have to worry about is clearing a little bit of space… and then a little more… and then a little more.
2 Stop adding to the clutter problem.
If your not ready to clear all the existing clutter, at least commit to not adding anything.
And I mean anything.
Before you bring home even a single new object you must answer these two questions.
- Do I have a real need for this item?
- What will I remove to make space for this? (Also known as the one in one out system.)
It’s even better if you can completely stop shopping and searching for new things to acquire.
- Don’t shop for entertainment. Avoid strolling through shopping malls, and never ever go into a store just to look.
- Leave garage sale FB groups and other buy/sell/trade groups untill your ready to use them to only get rid of clutter.
- Block yourself from ebay, deal sites, and any other online places where you browse and buy.
Get a handle now on controlling your clutter Collecting tendencies, and it will become easier to make real progress on your current piles.
3 Watch an intense de cluttering tv episode.
One thing that always inspires me to toss clutter like crazy is watching old episodes of shows like Hoarders.
Watching what could happen if we continue collecting clutter is always sobering. Sometimes fighting, and usually action provoking.
I know that when ever I watch an episode, I come away fro it wanting to get rid of everything. So Motivating!!!
Just be aware that real like de cluttering is different then what they show on the television. Soak up the motivation from watching the show, but use a clutter clearing method that works for you.
One last thing about clutter overwhelm.
Always remember: There is no right way to de clutter, so it’s impossible to do it wrong. All you have to do is motivate yourself to take the first tiny step, and from there you can do anything.
You’ve got this!
You’re clutter free home is waiting for you.