There are so many different types of Clutter – space clutter (home/office), mind clutter and emotional clutter to name just a few. Today I’m going to share some tips about dealing with the most common form of clutter – Space Clutter, and how to reverse its negative effects on you and your life.
Maybe you have a few things lying around the house, or maybe you should be featured on the next episode of Hoarders – whichever one it is, accumulating clutter is bad for you in more ways than one! It’s bad for your bank account, it’s bad for your mind, and it’s bad for the energy in your home!
Some people are addicted to “retail therapy” – they just can’t help themselves and find themselves constantly buy unnecessary items that serve no real purpose. They see it, they touch it and next thing they know – they own it!
Clutter of any kind only adds to the sense of over-whelm – but household clutter is insidious and tends to sneak up on you. One day you look around and all you see is “stuff” – and it’s everywhere. Cleaning is a nightmare with dust collectors all over the place, and some items may hold sad, bad or negative memories. You’ve spent good money on all this “stuff” (and probably a lot of money), but you just don’t feel good about your space or yourself!
Why You Should De-Clutter
Most people find de-cluttering a liberating experience and find their mood lifts and stress levels and sense of overwhelm reduces almost immediately. Not only this, but you are also clearing space to allow new things, energies and opportunities to come into your life. If there’s no room in your space, mind or heart for these they will take a detour, so it is essential that you make room for them. If you want to find harmony and balance and get a sense of Zen in your home, de-cluttering is a great place to start!
How to get started
Now that you’ve made up your mind that you need to down-size the amount of “stuff” you have it’s a relatively simple process of elimination. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and depending on the amount of “stuff” you’ve accumulated, de-cluttering your environment probably won’t happen in a day either! If there’s a lot to do, allocate one or two rooms each day and keep at it until your whole home is clutter free!
STEP 1 – Put your “Ruthless” hat on and ask yourself
- Is it broken or damaged. Does it work?
- Have I used it or worn it in the last 12 months?
- Realistically, am I going to use or wear it in the next 12 months?
- Does this item serve me? Does it bring me joy and happiness?
- Does it have sentimental value? Does it bring me joy and happiness?
- If I was lose everything in a fire or flood, would I replace this item?
For each of these questions, if the answer is YES, hang onto it. If the answer is NO, store, donate/sell or trash it!
STEP 2 – Allocate to a box
BOX 1 – KEEP
- For items that you are going to use/wear it in the next 12 months and brings you joy and happiness.
Put it away
BOX 2 – STORE
- For items that you are undecided about or hold sentimental value but not necessarily bring you joy and happiness
Store it away somewhere safe but is not “in your face” every day.
BOX 3 – DONATE OR SELL (including giving to a family member)
- For items that you intend to let go of but may be of use to someone else.
Commit to donate or sell these items within the next week
BOX 4 – TRASH
- For items that do not serve you, and you don’t believe are of use to someone else.
Put it in the bin or take it to the tip within the next week
STEP 3 – Make a Commitment
Make an ongoing commitment to yourself to NOT buy unnecessary items to replace those you have just let go of. Commit to keeping free space to invite new things, positive energy and fresh opportunities into your space.In the future, remember to ask yourself those same critical questions above before you bring anything new into your home. Before you buy something new, figure out where you’ll put it and ask yourself what you’ll need to get rid of to make room for it. Decide whether there’s something else you can get that does the same thing and replaces something you already have, and make sure the thing you’re buying actually means something to you. If you try to be mindful before you bring something new into your life, you’ll make sure the only things you add are things you really want, love, and need, versus things that just clutter up your space.
I look forward to hearing about your de-cluttering project in the Leave a Reply box below, and until next time…..
Get Your ZEN On!