Clutter is one of those things that will creep into your life, and if you’re not aware of the signs this intruder will not leave your home. And although clutter is not difficult to spot, I’ve put together a list of 10 common signs that will help you identify, and determine if clutter has worn out its welcome.
- You spend more time than necessary locating various items. When you open your closet doors, can you find the item(s) you want to wear right away? Or do you have to take everything out of your kitchen drawers to locate a spatula? Anytime you have difficulty accessing anything, there’s either too much stuff, or what you have needs to be organized.
You spend money on items you already have. I think it’s safe to say that we all like money, and sometimes it can be fun spending it, but at the same time there are common pitfalls when we do. One of them is overspending, and without a doubt this can catch up to you and possibly put you in debt. The other is that your home with fill up clutter which will cost you more than you bargained for. For instance, you make a grocery list and when you return home and begin to put everything away, you realize that a few of those items were hiding in your fridge and cupboards. Not only is that a waste of your time and money, it can be frustrating as well. If this sounds familiar to you, it’s time purge.
- Your home puts you in a negative head-space. If you feel anxious, stressed out, and/or depressed when you enter your home, clutter might be the issue.
- Your drawers and cupboards are at capacity. This common issue occurs in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. And if you struggle to locate what you need in any of these rooms, efficiently, clutter is in the way. The kitchen is more noticesble as it’s likely the hub of your home, and when taking a mug or plate out of the cupboard is a task, it’s time to purge. If your bedroom closet has clothes on the floor because they continue to fall off the hangers, or there’s not enough space, it’s time to purge. And if your dresser drawers have a bit of this and that in them, once again, it’s time to purge.
- Avoidance. Do you often feel overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious when you enter certain rooms? Are there times when you’d rather put a keep out sign on the door instead? If so, you’re avoiding the clutter and it’s time to purge.
Some of your stuff lacks value. In our society value is commonly associated with cost, but that’s not always the case. Value plays a positive role in your life and in your home, and how you view your stuff is what determines if it has value or not. And when there’s too much of anything it’s easy to lose track of what you have, and as a result, the intended purpose is lost. Keep in mind that what you don’t use but choose to keep, only creates clutter with no purpose. For example, a junk drawer is filled with stuff that lacks value.
- You no longer invite people over to your home. Are you embarrassed to entertain in your home, even though you love to hang out and spend time with friends and family? Is clutter interfering with your happines? If so, it’s time for you to purge.
- You struggle with letting go. Many people get attached to their belongings and struggle with letting go. But the choice to keep more than you need allows clutter to take over your home. And this sign ties in with the one below.
- You can’t remember the last time you threw anything away. As we grow and transition from a child into adulthood, not only do we evolve as a person, we also accumulate stuff, and some of it is necessary, while others are not. Meaning if you don’t purge along the way, all of your stuff will follow you on your journey. The practical way to prevent and remove clutter from your life for the long haul, is to organize when the seasons change. But if you avoid this task because you’re overehelmed with the process, simplify and break the task into smaller parts until it’s complete. Ultimately, the key is being aware, and getting started is what counts!
Clutter has taken over your home. This sneaky intruder started in one room but now it has taken over your entire home. Now completing tasks efficiently is more difficult, and you’ve become less productive. If your home no longer works with you, purge and kick clutter to the curb!
As I mentioned earlier, clutter usually creeps into your life, but with effective planning and a few tips, you can change it once and for all. I posted a blog called Organizing With PURPOSE! The Key To Conscious Organizing. This blog is filled with useful tools to help train your mind to view, and use what you already have in a different way.