You have all the reasons in the world NOT to declutter. And they are all great reasons (or so you think). Do you know that keeping unnecessary items around causes more harm than good? Let’s see if you have said any of these things to justify keeping clutter. Just to let you know, if you have, you’re not alone.
Someone special gave it to me
It’s nice to take a walk down memory lane sometimes, but your house shouldn’t be filled with nothing but memories that keep you from moving forward in life.
Allow yourself a couple boxes to keep your memories in. Once you have hit that limit, take pictures of items and save them.
You or someone you love spent a lot of money on it. If that’s the case, sell it and get the money spent on the item back. By the item staying in your home you make yourself feel guilty because you don’t use it. Why do that to yourself?
I may need it some day
When was the last time you used it? If you really think you might need it, give yourself a date to use it by. If you haven’t used it by that date, then it’s time to get rid of it. If you need it again one day down the road, then you can repurchase it. But, that’s happens hardly ever.
If your house is overly filled with things that hold special memories for you, you might be living in the past. One thing you can do if you want to keep those memories alive is to take a picture of the items that are special before you get rid of them. That way if you feel the need to get down memory lane, you can look back at the pictures and reminisce without all the memories taking up space.
When something is important to us, we make time for it. Even if you are spending 10 minutes a day to declutter, you are still making progress.
Not convinced? Challenge yourself and give it a try.
Might be worth something one day
And, maybe it won’t. Think of what you are spending in storing the item in your home. Your item that may be worth something one day is taking up valuable space in your home or storage unit. Too much stuff also affects out health and our mood.
Sell it now and get money for the item now.
Don’t know where to start decluttering
Start small. Start on your kitchen counter or in one of your drawers. Once you have done the smaller drawers, move up to the bigger drawers. For instance, your dresser drawers or your children’s dresser drawers.
You don’t need to declutter
Everyone could use a really good declutter session on a regular basis. Even the most organized people.
The item makes you look important
You need to remember the stuff you have doesn’t define who you are as a person.
Shopping is your hobby
Find a new hobby so you can stop bringing more clutter into your home.
Feel more secure
Maybe when you were growing up you didn’t have a lot of stuff and now that you are older the stuff makes you feel more secure. Limit the amount of stuff you bring in. Make it a rule that for every item you bring in, you must also get rid of an item. When you first start using this rule it might be best to say for every item you bring in, you get rid of two itmes.
You don’t know how long to keep things
This is for things like food, receipts, old bills, or taxes. Link to something that tells people how long to keep important documents.
It’s not clutter, you’re just well prepared
Are your cabinets busting at the seams with food items you don’t even know you have? I understand being prepared, but sometimes you can be so prepared that you can’t live your life you were meant to live now because you have too much, not to mention the amount of stuff that could possibly be expired. Or, maybe it isn’t food you hold onto, but clothes or you find you have 3 of the same item. Think of all the room you would have if you didn’t feel the need to hold on to all the extra stuff.
You just don’t know how to start decluttering
Believe it or not, a lot of people feel this way. They just don’t know how to start or what to do. And often times starting is the hardest part. Best thing to do is start where you are and start small. Give yourself 10 minutes to work, then take a break. Do this every day and before long, you will see a huge difference in your space. Maybe you can make it a game and guess how many bags you will be throwing away or donating.
Your stuff brings you happiness
In your mind it might, but really it doesn’t. Actually, having too much stuff isn’t good for your health, your emotional well-being, or your wallet.
Benefits of letting go of clutter
Do you find yourself saying any of those things? Now that we have identified all the reasons you want to hold on to all your stuff, let’s look at some reasons letting go of your clutter is actually a better idea for you.
You save time
You are no longer spending your time looking for items that are buried under other items. By decluttering your home, you are also decluttering your mind and your schedule. According to Newsweek, the average American spends approximently 55 mins per day looking for lost items. Do you fall in that category?
Clutter around your house creates stress. It’s as simple as that. Have you ever walked into a room in your home and suddenly felt uptight and got a little grouchy? Or, do you have a favorite room in your home that everytime you walk in you feel happy and peaceful. If you are feeling uptight and grouchy, chances are there is a lot of clutter in that room. If you are feeling happy and peaceful, I bet your room lacks clutter and everything gets put back where it belongs.
Stuff gathers dust: affects health
If you already suffer from allergies or even asthma, then just by decluttering you will find your symptoms improve because you will have less dust in your home.
People can come over
You can now enjoy other people’s company because you can invite them into your home.
No longer feel overwhelmed
When you have too much stuff you feel like you don’t have control over your surroundings which causes you to feel overwhelmed and stressed all the time. Once you begin the process of decluttering – those feelings go away. Still stuck? Here’s some advice from organizing experts on what to do when you feel overwhelmed.
Does that help motivate you to get in the declutter mode? Knowing that all the clutter around the house causes not only health issues, but also emotional issues, as well, is enough to keep me motivated.