Clutter Be Gone
We hate it. Clutter. It's distracting. It's a reminder of what we haven't gotten done. So why is it always following us around? Why can't we give it the karate chop it deserves? We all tend to blame it on lack of time (more likely the result of not prioritizing it over other things) but often it's because letting go is hard. In a recent Yale study, researchers noted that your brain views the loss of one of your valued possessions as the same as something that causes you physical pain.
Geez brain. Get some perspective! But it does make sense. Sentimental attachment to possessions helps us make memories last, makes something intangible tangible and helps us to satiate our gathering instinct. But you're stronger than this and we're here to help.
Some of our favorite clutter busting techniques include:
- Buy what you need; not what you want. Reducing the amount of stuff is one of the first steps in reducing clutter. We didn't say it was easy but it's an obvious step that many people overlook.
- Everything in its place and a place for everything. Make sure you have a drawer, basket, closet, box where stuff can be put away. Not knowing where to put things is one of the top avoidances to de-cluttering.
- You've gotta put in the time. Life happens and life is very cluttery. Make sure you've dedicated time in your weekly schedule to tidy up. Put on your favorite music and dance while you move from room to room. That way it counts as exercise too!
Tell us some of your clutter eliminating tips. We'd love to hear them!