Is your home filled to overflowing?
Do you find it hard to let go of things that have outgrown their usefulness?
If so, it might be time to re-think your attitude to the clutter that has accumulated over the years.
It’s true that treasured objects can give a sense of security. We all need to hang onto a few things that bring back memories of the past or loved ones.
However, keeping too many things can be detrimental to your mental health.
It means that you remain stuck in the past, unable to live in the present and face the future with confidence.
Ask yourself why you are hanging onto things.
“Throwing things away is wasteful.”
If you think that it’s wasteful to throw things away, try giving your unwanted items to charities or, if you prefer, have a garage sale, or sell items on eBay or in a Facebook group.
“But I’ll miss them when they’re gone!”
Perhaps you keep unnecessary objects because you’re afraid that you’ll miss them when they’re gone. If this is the case, let go of three items and wait for a week to see if you miss them.
The chances are that you’ll have forgotten about them. This should give you the confidence to clear out the rest of your clutter.
Create a Memory Box
Some people want to hold onto everything pertaining to a particularly happy or sad time in their life, such as the birth of a baby or the death of a parent.
If this is true for you, sort through such items and select between five and ten things that hold the most memories for you. Keep these in a memory box and get rid of the others.
“It might come in useful one day!”
If you’re keeping things because you believe they might come in useful at some point in the future, ask yourself if you’ve used each item during the past year.
If the answer is “no,” it’s unlikely that it’ll be useful in the near future, so it’s time to dispose of it.
Are you a collector?
If you’re a collector of books, antiques, dolls, ornaments or any other objects that take up a lot of space in your home, try reducing your collection by getting rid of any duplicate items and keeping only the objects that are most important to you.
You may even decide to sell the whole collection. Look upon it as the end of one chapter in your life and the beginning of a new one.
Help with clearing clutter
If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in your home or if you find it impossible to get rid of anything, you may need to find outside help.
A clutter consultant can bring objectivity to the exercise, enabling you to sort through and clear your clutter in a short space of time.
The benefits of clearing clutter
Once you’ve cleared as much clutter as possible, you’ll begin to reap the physical and psychological benefits.
Your home will be a much more spacious and pleasant place to live. Other family members will feel more at ease if they don’t have to collide with your clutter everywhere they go.
It’ll be easier to clean your home and keep it tidy.
Psychologically, you’ll feel that a weight has been lifted from your mind.
You’ll find it easier to concentrate on the present moment.
You’ll have space for the things you feel passionate about at the moment.
You’ll feel ready to embark upon new ventures and adventures, which you may have been putting off for years.
So, don’t delay, begin sorting through your clutter today for a fresh, clean home and a lucid mind.