Don't Let Clutter Take Over

As a person... living in a house. I have quite a bit of clutter. Unless you jumped on the Minimalism bandwagon, you probably have clutter in your home, car,  or at your office. 
 There are a few ways that clutter can cause you stress and unhappiness in your life. 
How can this mess affect your life?

1. Embarrassment:
I hate when there is a mess when people come to my house. I always like a heads up from people coming to visit so I have time to hide all the crap sitting on my kitchen table.  But usually, I don't get that heads up,  which means people come in and see kids toys everywhere, junk mail sitting on the counter,  and at least 3 unfinished craft projects on my kitchen table. I find it embarrassing which gives me anxiety. I just sit there and can't focus on my guests because I'm thinking about how people are looking at how messy I live. I know people that just aren't phased by the clutter in their home so it doesn't cause any embarrassment for them, and I find that great. I truly wish it didn't bother me as much as it does. 

After years of clutter building up, you decide to tackle some of the mess. Where do you start? Once you're in it, you find all these things that you bought thinking you would use but never did or things you misplaced and haven't seen in forever. So,  you decide to hold on to the majority of your stuff just because it might be useful "someday" and by the time you go through the clutter in one room, it's been 4 hours and your only throwing away a few things.

I have found myself in this situation many times. I hate the amount of time it takes just to go through all my junk.
I also feel like when I have a lot of clutter, it takes more time to find things. If you put your keys down on a cluttery table,  it takes you twice as long to see where they are because the clutter distracts you from seeing what is right in front of your face.

3.Anxiety levels:
According to the principles of feng shui, clutter drains you of your positive energy. 
Especially those that suffer from anxiety feel more anxious when in an untidy area.
 I cannot relax at night until all the kid's toys are put in their proper spots, and I have organized a bit in my living room. If I don't,  I'll be watching TV but not able to enjoy myself because all I see is clutter everywhere!

So what's the solution? Get rid of your crap. Try to organize one room at a time. Go room to room and make 4 piles. (I like to get a box for each pile so it's easy to move after I'm done). Pile them by things to donate, things to throw away, things to keep, and things to store. If you haven't touched it in a year, then consider getting rid of it.
After you get everything separated, immediately get rid of the toes away and do hate piles or else it may just sit in your house longer taking up space and causing more stress.  Find a good designated spot to store them.

Organize everything in the keep pile so it looks tidier. This will help make the area look less cluttered,  and help you feel more relaxed in your home. 

My favorite organization products:

Once you have everything put away and organized, try to keep it that way! 
A few things that help me keep my clutter in check is to try to put things away after I use it, and I do quick light cleaning every evening after the kids go to bed. 
I also try to do a more thorough cleaning once a week. If you don't have time for that, it might be worth hiring someone to do it for you!

Enjoy your organized minimally cluttered home! I enjoy it by inviting friends over. They always seem amazed at how clean my home looks and it motivates me to keep it clutter free. 

Tell me how you keep your home clutter free! Leave a comment with tips for my readers to use to help them.

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