Now I know this is a topic I’ve touched on many times before (and you’re probably over me talking about it) but I recently had a related experience happen that I want to share. That topic is clutter blindness and how we often just stop seeing it. It happens to all of us including me. As most of you know we are in the process of doing some renos in our home (nope still not done!), mainly painting and a little kitchen facelift. As with any reno project you need to box stuff up to get it out of the way so that’s what I did. Everything had to come down off the walls and off of surfaces and on top of the cupboards. Everything. And what happened next shouldn’t have surprised me at all but it did.
You see I purge stuff every week, just take a peek at my Instagram page to see what I mean. I don’t live with a lot of excess in my home. But when I removed all the decor and stuff on the tops of my kitchen cupboards and put it away for awhile while we painted, I realized pretty quickly that I liked how the simpler space with less stuff made me feel. The weird tiny space above the one wall of cabinets held just random stuff that I hadn’t touched in quite some time. None of it went back. Some got relocated, most of it donated.
And while these things weren’t necessarily cluttering my space, they apparently were cluttering my mind. It’s only once I removed them from the space did I realize what an impact it all had on me. It felt great! My kitchen felt lighter, simpler, less noisy and my eyes had somewhere to rest. It’s only once it was all down and I had lived without the stuff for a couple of weeks did I realize what I did and didn’t miss. I even put fewer things back up on my walls. Wide open spaces is apparently what my dreams are made of because I love how awesome it feels :)
Picture this weird random space full of junk.
I love my new paint color…Deep Space by BM.
*new cabinet pulls coming soon!*
Every empty surface does not have to be an invitation to fill it.
Now before you start throwing spit balls at me (you wouldn’t do that would you?) I should clarify that what each person can tolerate in terms of stuff will be different. I get it, what works for me may not work for you. It’s all good. But what I want to do today is simply challenge you to temporarily remove all the small stuff from your space (not the furniture obviously) and simply live less noisy for awhile. Just to see how you feel. Do you feel more relaxed, calmer, peaceful in your home or does it make you anxious having an empty space calling out to you to fill it up? You won’t know unless you try.
It’s a completely different strategy than just walking around your home looking for random things to purge here and there that you DON’T like and use. That doesn’t always work for everyone. Instead this method has you take it all out and slowly bring back and consider only the things that you DO love and use. See the difference? This is so much easier after you’ve been able to experience what a clean uncluttered space feels like. There is a reason that REMOVE is step number two in my organizing PROCESS. It really does work!
So regardless of whether or not you think you have a clutter blindness problem, because honestly we sometimes just don’t see the clutter, I highly recommend you try this challenge today. Maybe start with just one room or just the outside of your fridge. I wouldn’t have said that my space before was cluttered at all but what was there I found out was busy on my eyes. I just didn’t realize that until the stuff wasn’t there anymore. Plus you’ve got to remember that clutter creeps in gradually over time and our eyes just become accustomed to it. So occasionally doing this exercise helps to reset your home. A fresh start. It allows you to really know what it is you love and use and want to surround yourself with. Doesn’t that sound good?
Box it up, breathe and only bring back in what you love and use and that fits your space. Donate everything else. You won’t even miss it.
Do you have clutter blindness? What do you think of this strategy for combating it?
Have a beautifully organized weekend everyone!