A cluttered home makes us feel out of control, doesn’t it? You can start to blame yourself for not having your act together. You start thinking something might be wrong with you. Maybe you are just a messy person. Maybe you are lazy. Maybe you belong on a reality TV show.
But what if we are just normal people with a few legitimate reasons for the state of our home? Once we understand why the clutter occurs, the solutions might be easier to solve than we think!
Here are four reasons you might have a clutter problem and simple solutions to begin to overcome it!
1. You are in a transitional season.
Every time we have a change in routine, go through a stressful period of time, have a baby, lose or start a new job, experience a financial setback, move to another home, get sick, or have any other life-altering experience, clutter multiplies. We tend to let things pile up because we figure we will get organized once things “settle down.”
Solution: Don’t wait for ideal circumstances. Life is a series of transitions; so find simple ways to get things in better order even in those crazy seasons. Focus on areas that frustrate you the most every day, like perhaps your dresser or closet. You can make today a little better by spending just a few minutes decluttering and organizing things you use every day.
2. You need simple systems or organizational routines.
One of the fastest ways for your home to become disorganized is you simply don’t know where to put things. And when you don’t know what to do with something, you set it down anywhere. And those areas become clutter magnets.
Solution: Stop and take notice when you find yourself gravitating towards clutter spots with yet another pile of stuff. Why are you setting things there instead of putting them away? Maybe your bills pile up on the coffee table because you don’t have a bill paying or recycling system. Maybe your kids toss coats and papers on the kitchen table because they don’t have designated hooks or routines to deal with things they bring home from school. Once you can identify why the problem is occurring, set aside time to set up a new system to take care of it.
3. You have too much stuff.
This might seem like the most obvious reason for clutter, but it is usually the one we have the most trouble with. We can’t find clothes to wear when our closet is overflowing so we buy new ones. We have to get new tools because our garage is so full we can’t find our screwdrivers. We love finding great deals at yard sales so we store everything in our already crowded basement until we can find a place for it. We have emotional attachments to things and we don’t want to get rid of them. Too much stuff always creates more clutter.
Solution: While we might feel like the solution is to get containers to organize it all, it really makes more sense to do the obvious and more painful — eliminate the excess. You really can’t and shouldn’t organize an excess of clutter in your home. Make it a game to get rid of 10 things every day. If you are emotionally attached to things you don’t have room for, look for creative ways to preserve memories without keeping every single item on display.
4. You are a perfectionist.
How could a perfectionist have clutter? Perfectionism paralyzes us. While we know we have clutter, we don’t feel equipped to deal with it perfectly so we do nothing. Maybe we don’t have the perfect organization system yet; we don’t have time to clean out the entire closet, or can’t decide what is most important to do first.
Solution: Tell yourself it doesn’t have to be perfect; it just has to be better than it was. You may never have enough time to clean up or reorganize an entire room at once, but try spending 15 minutes a day tackling one small area like a counter or table top. It doesn’t matter which one you start with, just start with something and make it better than it was.
What are some reasons you have clutter problems? What could you do today to get started on a solution?
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