There just isn’t enough time in the day to get all your chores done. Unless of course, you are Wonder Woman. A cluttered home means a messy home. Can you identify the reasons your home is cluttered?
You are probably busy working a full-time job, taking care of your kids and family, some of you may own your own business or are studying in order to land that dream job you have always wanted.
What do we all have in common? We are busy.
Did you know that clutter can make you feel stressed out?
Drain your energy?
It is those little things that become the biggest nuisance. Those little things that don’t have a home in your home, the little things you don’t do are the reasons your home is cluttered.
Not cleaning up sufficiently, not properly filing a document, keeping junk mail, leaving dishes in the sink overnight, or not putting your clothes back on the hanger when you decide to change ( I am guilty of this one).
Here are five reasons your home is cluttered, and how to fix it!
1. Keeping Items You Never Use
Whether it’s that new slow cooker you ordered off of Amazon, or that sewing machine from 1982, it is easy to accumulate items over the years.
Stop keeping items you never use “just in case” you might need it in the year 2054.
Easy Fix: Once a month, depending on how much clutter you have, get rid of 20 items you know you no longer need or have not used in a year.
Give it to a friend, sell it, donate it or throw it away. Whatever you decide, just make sure it leaves your home. Always consider, if you don’t use it, want it, or need it, get rid of it.
We all buy things we don’t necessarily need. When you do this in excess, you have developed the habit that is one of the main reasons your home is cluttered.
When you go planned shopping, purchase the items you set out to get. Do not get distracted or lose your focus. Do what you can to simplify your life.
Easy Fix: If you spontaneously end up in a shopping mall, ask yourself, “do I need it today? can I do without this?” If yes, do not purchase it.
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3. Not Organizing During the Week
It’s the weekend and you decide to clean your house on Sunday morning. Sunday evening you go to bed feeling good about a clean house and getting to bed for a fresh start to the week.
Come Friday, your home looks like it has been hit by a tornado! What in the world?
Easy Fix: Don’t go to sleep during the week with a cluttered home. Put things back in their place after you use them.
Clean counter tops and dirty dishes before going to bed. Focus on areas in your home that frustrate you the most and get those areas organized and clutter-free.
“When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and ‘good, orderly direction’ to enter.” Julia Cameron
4. Sentimental Attachment
Some items in your home have sentimental value. No doubt about that. Priceless family photos, jewels, heirlooms, even the first painting your little one made. Yes, these should be cherished and held onto. Other items could be one of the reasons your home is cluttered.
A postcard you received from a friend seven years ago, the sippy cup your now 16-year-old loved as a toddler, or that bandana you found during Woodstock! Don’t feel guilty for giving things away.
A once-beloved collection can become a huge burden too when you’re no longer into the items. Out, out, out.
Easy Fix: Don’t throw away any items you feel have high sentimental value. You don’t want to regret getting rid of something you will never get back and will cause you heartache. When deciding what you should get rid of or keep, simply ask yourself, “if this item was lost forever would I be sad or upset?” No? Then toss it. Learn to let things go.
5. Allowing Junk Live In Your Home
Newspapers, brochures, magazines, junk mail. They fill up your mailbox, you dump them on the kitchen counter knowing very well you don’t need it.
The pile increases because you do this daily right? Old and expired makeup, nail polish, and medicine take up space in your bathroom.
Cooking utensils and small appliances you don’t use because you bought them on sale, or have two or three of the same item?
Easy Fix: Open your mail as soon as you bring it in. Throw away flyer, brochures and magazines you don’t need. Don’t let snail mail spam be one of the reasons your home is cluttered. Get rid of the junk immediately.
Simply put, clutter is too much stuff in too small a space. Incorporating these easy fixes in your life will not only leave your home clutter-free but your mind will feel less overwhelmed.
Clutter has a tendency to send signals to our brains, telling us that our work is never done.
Try out these steps and see the changes happen. You will never again have any reasons your home is cluttered. When you walk into a room, pay attention to how it makes you feel.
Do your feel inspired by your surroundings? If yes, keep doing what you are doing. If not, go through these steps and make necessary changes.
Enjoy the feeling of relief and freedom from living a clutter-free life.
Is your home cluttered? How do you deal with decluttering your home?
Are you ready to get started with these tips?
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Have a great and clutter free week!