What is the Problem with Clutter?
We think we donít have enough time to deal with the clutter in our lives, so we donít deal with it. But the longer we leave clutter, the worse it gets. We think we donít have the organizational abilities to deal with the clutter, but all you need to do is a little at a time, every day and the clutter in your house will go down. We think we are the only ones with houses full of clutter, but what about your friends who wonít let you in their homes because they too are embarrassed about the clutter in them? Many people have problems with clutter, but you just don't know who.
Why are we so attached to our stuff?
We buy things, donít use them, but canít throw them out because we remember the original value. Throwing them out means we admit our mistake in buying it. Or maybe it was a present and we donít want it, but canít throw it out because we will hurt the giver of the gift. We keep things because they bring back memories, especially with children. We remember the child in a certain outfit and keep the outfit even though the child doesnít fit in it any more. We need to see the world as it is today and realize that outfit will never fit that child and another child could get the use of it if we could only give it away. There is a feeling that if we give something away we might need it in the future. You have to realize that you have too much and less is better. Compared with our parentís day, things are a lot cheaper and thatís why we tend to buy too much.
What do we do with clutter?
We rearrange it, we store it, we sort it, the only sensible thing to do with clutter is to get rid of it, let it leave the house. If you havenít used it for a year then get rid of it. We keep books because we might want to read them again or we might want to lend them to someone. Most people keep books that they never need or want. Use your library and donít even buy the book in the first place.
Clutter stops you having a life, aim to sort your clutter and have a life.