So this pesky thing that is called clutter that is weighing you down and holding you back… What is it really?
Well, there’s the dictionary explanation, that goes something like this:
I find that to not be very helpful in this situation. I read that and in my mind I go: “Yes, but what does that mean?”
There can be disorderly looking heaps that are completely organised. I’ve seen them myself. There are people that can pull an exact piece of paper out of a pile like that. So that’s a not so good looking filing system really. I’m not sure I would necessarily deem it clutter though. There is actually order in that pile.
So, after having observed how it affects me and my clients, this is my definition of what clutter is:
- things you don’t love or use regularly
- too many things in too small of a space
- things that are broken or mistreated
- unfinished things
- things that make you feel bad
- things that are unorganised (and therefore often annoy you)
So with this definition I hope you can recognise the clutter in your home.
Common places for clutter accumulation is the linen cupboard, the container drawer in the kitchen (you know where you have lids with no containers, and the other way around), your sock drawer, the laundry, the garage where boxes with things (and also stuff) seem to live a life of their own, under your bed, and in your whole closet.
So when you look at something, and you’re not sure if it’s clutter of not, ask yourself this:
Do I love it?
Do I need it?
Do I use it?
If your answer is no to all three of these questions, it’s clutter and you would benefit from getting rid of it.
So now you know what clutter is and what it does to you. Next week we’ll look at how you can use your clutter as a compass for finding out what areas in life you need to pay a little extra attention to.
Until then, go on, be brave and do some clutter clearing. Just because you can. You might be surprised at what happens!