What is Clutter?
Do you long for a clutter free home but don’t know exactly what your clutter is?
You know you have too much stuff but you are unsure what to let go. Getting a grip on what clutter really is can be tricky until you get clear on a few guidelines.
Clutter is any item that needs to be repaired. My rule of thumb is if you haven’t repaired it within the month you can let it go. Possessions you use get repaired immediately. Items you never use sit broken for months or years.
Shifting to the clutter free mind set means every item in your life is taken care of and in working order. So if you don’t have plans to repair let it go.
Unused multiples of the same or similar things constitute clutter.
As you go through your day look inside your pantry, bathroom and other spaces to see how many similar items you have. If you find you have doubles or triples or mega multiples this is an easy area to declutter. Throw out the multiples you no longer use.
Clutter is anything you think is unattractive.
Decluttering and organizing your home means it looks better and you feel better in it. Let go of items you have never liked.
You haven’t used it, worn it or crafted if for over a year.
What are your time limits for keeping things you haven’t used? Is it six months, a year, two years or ten years?
Use the one year limit. If you don’t use it after a year let it go.This includes craft items, clothing, dishes and sports equipment to name a few.
Do you own anything that is difficult or unpleasant to use?
Chances are you avoid using these items or being around them. Once your read this you may have an “aha” moment. This can range from garden equipment, to kitchen appliances, to kitchen tools, to difficult to clean clothing and toys for your kids.
Any piles are clutter.
The trick is it will be a combination of things to throw out, need a home and to be put away. As you declutter and organize your home you will find the piles will quickly disappear.
Homeless items are clutter.
These items may be the things you love and use but they have nowhere to go, get put in drawers or cupboards never to be found again. Every item in your home needs a clear designated place place.
Permanently messy areas are clutter.
The spaces within and without your home that are always messy are a good area to declutter. Do you need more storage or do you need to declutter.
Too many things in a space is clutter.
Crowded flat surfaces, too full drawers or any space that is crowded is clutter. Once you are in the clutter free mind set every item in your home will have space around it for easy visibility.
Feeling stuck, tired or overwhelmed in a space can mean clutter.
Clutter makes functioning in your home more difficult and drains your energy. This may take the form of small tasks feeling like big tasks. Clutter steals your time, eats up your energy and fills your mind with incompletes, messes and must do’s.