Clearing Clutter

You know what the real problem is with getting organised? We have too much stuff! I am willing to bet you have some things you (or someone you live with) keep without having a good enough reason.

So, why do we keep so much stuff?

The thing is, it is easier to find excuses for why you should keep something and delay making a decision, rather than making a firm (and sometimes difficult) choice to say goodbye to your stuff.

Below are some favourite excuses.

1. “I might need it someday.”

Yes, you might. But the thing is, most of the items we keep can easily be found or replaced within a day or two. Lots of men keep every screw and nail created and store it away like a squirrel with his nuts. But what happens is these little tiny items create more and more clutter, and it gets to a point where you cannot find that little screw anyway because it is like finding a needle in a haystack.

 2. “I’m going to lose some weight and start wearing this again.”

I hope if you have a goal to lose some weight, you do everything in your power to make it happen. And when you do, I give you permission to go out and find a sale and buy some brand new clothes. You should be proud, and it is the perfect time to reward yourself.

3. “So-and-So Gave Me This.”

I am all for keeping memories and items that remind us of people we love. The truth is, memories are not in the clutter, the knick-knacks, and stuff you have shoved in a box. I will not say get rid of everything, and it is not always an easy decision. But try and just keep the special things you cherish. Get them out in the open, on display – where you can enjoy them and have a story to tell when someone comments or asks a question about the item.

4. I paid good money for this…”thing!”

I am sure you did. But the thing is, what has more value: this item you no longer have any use for, or the way you enjoy your house? The item… or your happiness? The item… or your space?

5. Oh, I’m just trying to figure out what to do with it…

Okay, so maybe it is not worth holding onto. See, if it takes that much mental work to figure out what to do with something, you can take a pretty good guess that it may not be worth as much to you as you think. If you cannot figure out what to do with something, it is a safe bet you will not miss it too much. There is a lot more value in enjoying your home, your friends and your family than the stuff you paid for.

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