Do you have a spare room that you dare not open because it’s full to almost overflowing?Â Are you running out of space to store things, but scared to throw anything away because you’re not sure if you might need it?Â If so, you may be a hoarder.
Hoarding is no joke.Â The ease with which we can buy “stuff” means that we’re turning into a generation of hoarders.Â Our lives are becoming increasingly cluttered, and in many cases the clutter is having a negative impact on our lives.
Fortunately, taking control is not as hard as it might first sound.
Slowing the Advance
The first step to combating clutter is to stop collecting stuff. Cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions, stop looking at catalogues, and think more carefully when you buy toys for children. Before you buy anything, ask yourself:
“Do I need it?”
“Will I use it?”
“Can I replace something I already own with this?”
In addition, ask other people to stop giving you “things” for Christmas, birthdays, etc. Suggest that instead of your kids ending up with many boxes of low-cost toys for children you’d rather they got vouchers which they could pool for one big thing – maybe a computer that would allow them to play games and do their school work.
When you have less “stuff” coming in to the house, it’s easier to control the clutter.
Clearing the Clutter
Procrastination is the big enemy here.Â The only way you’ll beat the clutter is if you take action – today!
Clearing out a lifetime’s worth of clutter will take a fair while, and it may be overwhelming when you’re trying to get started.Â Don’t think in terms of how things will be when you’re finished – set small, attainable targets.Â That could be as simple as “I will throw out 15 items per day”, or “I will fill a charity bag each month.” As long as more things are leaving the house than are coming in, you will make slow and steady progress.
Of course, slow progress won’t feel like much when you’re trying to change your lifestyle, so you may want to make a concerted effort to de-clutter certain rooms.Â The kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom are all good starting points.Â If you can de-clutter those rooms you will feel less stressed, and you could see health improvements too.
They say that clutter breeds clutter, and to an extent that’s true.Â It’s easy to throw something on a pile to be looked at later, and after a while those piles can become so big and disorganized that it’s hard to tell what’s important, and what’s junk.
[box type=”note”]Invest in some drawers, sturdy boxes, or a filing cabinet to keep important items in. Get a toy box for your kids, and look in to creative storage solutions for shoes, clothes, and other items. Having somewhere to put things that are important to you will make it easier for you to figure out what you want to keep, and what needs to go.[/box]
This article was written by Amy Fowler for the Original Factory Shop who sell discounted toys for children and other cut-price goods.
Amy has a tendency to hold onto things she doesn’t really need anymore and is slowly trying to clear her home of clutter.