If you have missed any posts in this years Peaceful Organized Homes series, you can catch up HERE.
You’ll notice that I’ve spent a lot of time talking about clutter in this series and it’s because I strongly believe that it is next to impossible to have a Peaceful Organized Home when surrounded by piles of clutter. I hope you are finding this series helpful in learning how to put a stop to it.
Would it shock you if I said I love to shop for stuff? I really do. I love the excitement of buying new clothes or the high I get from buying organizing containers for instance. Hi, my name is Laura and I love to shop. Mostly what I love though is thrift shopping and the thrill of the hunt that comes from finding something on my list for a great price. Such fun! But stuff can become clutter in the blink of an eye and take over your home if you do not have a plan for what you buy and the time and energy to devote to stuff management.
Thankfully I love to organize and purge so as soon as I bring anything new into the house I organize it right away. Plus I always follow my one in, one out rule which you can see for yourself from all my purge pile pictures I post on Instagram.
As a side note, I have gotten better over the years about bringing unnecessary things into my home by facing the facts about who I am as a person. Remember my scrapbooking debacle of 2007? Yep that’s right, I use to “scrapbook” and I say that in quotations because really all I did was buy scrapbooking stuff just so I could organize all the bits and pieces with hopes of one day learning to love turning a blank page into a magnificent creation. It never happened but gosh was it ever fun to organize all the STUFF that comes with scrapbooking lol. Fail! Thankfully I’ve learned from that lesson and if it’s not being used, it doesn’t get to stay. Goodbye scrapbooking stuff!
My point I’m trying to make here is that what happens when you love to shop BUT hate to organize? Or don’t have the time or the energy to deal with what you buy?
Stuff becomes clutter when we bring it into the home and don’t have a place to put it right away. Or, if we don’t purge something else to make room for it. Or, if we let it pile up and pile up and pile up. Then we’ve got a problem.
Too much stuff, with no where to go, leads to clutter and chaos which is the exact opposite of the peaceful and organized homes we desire.
So the next time you go shopping, ask yourself these questions:
1. Do I have a place to put this away?
2. Do I have the time and energy to organize a space to put this?
3. Am I willing to toss something to make room for this item?
4. Will I really use this item and if so will it be within the next 3 months?
So even if a deal is too good to pass up but you don’t need it for awhile, you still need somewhere to put it.
And remember, the floor is not a shelf. Bags piled up on the floor is not an optimal organizing technique no matter how neatly you stack those bags :)
By asking yourself questions like those listed above you’ll learn over time that the best way to stop clutter is before it even enters your home.