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If we aren’t on guard, clutter has a way of sneaking up on us to the point that we are overwhelmed and suffocating from the weight of it all making it impossible to relax in our own homes.
If you can’t relax in your own home, I don’t know where you can (well except maybe by the ocean with the sun shining down..ha!).
The clutter creep, as I like to call it, is real. It starts with a piece of paper on the counter, for instance, that then attracts another piece of paper and then another. Soon we have a big pile of papers waiting for attention. Those piles then attract more piles and on and on the cycle goes until eventually we have clutter everywhere we look. It is suffocating and prevents us from living in the peaceful organized homes that we so desire. Clutter is anything but peaceful that is for sure.
But here’s the kicker. Are you ready for some tough love?
We allow it to happen.
Why in the world are we giving so much power to our STUFF?
Why do we allow it to take over our homes to the point we are constantly complaining about how small they are? Why do we allow it to create a less than peaceful environment in our homes so it interrupts sleep and keeps us awake at night? Why do allow our children so many toys that it’s impossible for them to keep their own spaces tidy?
Why? Why? Why? Because too much clutter, or stuff in excess of what we have the room to store, requires us to make decisions. Decisions about stuff can be hard and so we procrastinate making them hoping that a basket here or there to shove it all into will someone miraculously make it all better. Eventually though if we don’t deal with the magnitude of it, even the baskets and bins will suffocate you as they take over a space. All this stuff we think we have to have or might need one day becomes the stuff that keeps us from living the kind of peaceful organized life we could be living TODAY.
Let me give you an example. My sister moved this year to a new house and in order to stage her old home, to put it on the market for sale, had to box up half her stuff in a pod that came and temporarily took it all away including about 80% of her kid’s toys. Well it ended up taking much longer to sell their home than they originally had anticipated but an interesting thing happened during the time they lived with less.
They didn’t miss their stuff the way they thought they would. In fact the kids played better with the fewer toys they had because, with fewer choices to make, it was less overwhelming for them. Clean up was also easier to manage daily. It allowed their tiny home room to breathe.
When your home can breathe, so do the people in it.
I am constantly purging things in my house. I have my donation station in my linen closet and every day I add to it and weekly I bring the contents of it to the thrift store. Purging shouldn’t be something left for a spring cleaning activity. Purging should be a regular occurrence that we utilize for DAILY clutter creep decision making.
Start small by making a decision between two things…one can stay and one can go. Which one will it be? I don’t live in a cluttered home however I am so into the habit of purging that I can always find something that can go. Always.
Training yourself to practice daily decisions, purging until it fits and being careful about what you bring into the home in the first place, will quickly allow you to reap the rewards of a less cluttered home that you can relax and feel at peace in.
Try it and banish clutter creep once and for all. Let me know how you make out!
PS: I realize that laziness may also be a factor in the clutter creep taking over some homes but for the purposes of this post I’m focusing on those that have a desire to make a change and something tells me you wouldn’t be reading this post in the first place if you didn’t. :)