A study conducted by UCLA-affiliated social scientist concluded that American families are overwhelmed by clutter – that today’s families are prisoners of their own clutter. Here is a link to an article which was published in the UCAL magazine by Jack Feuer on the study titled “The Clutter Culture”.
In an article in the Boston Globe on clutter, Jessica Pohl of Weston, MA who has kids who have largely outgrown their toys, says she can’t give them away. “I’m saving them for my grandchildren.” This mindset leads to home clutter. home clutter has some serious consequences.
Home clutter has some serious consequences.
Why does it matter whether the things in our lives are untidy? Well, there are some distinct advantages of living in an environment without clutter.
It’s easier to find things and to get things done when you do not have to spend time looking for things. If you are disorganized you spend more time looking than doing.
When you have a job to do and can’t find an item that you need, your stress levels rise.
Clutter can affect your ability to enjoy social situations in your own home. I know people that will not have a party or that will not invite people over for a cup of coffee because their home is disorganized and cluttered. I know I can feel this way too.
If you have ever gone out and purchased an item just because you can’t find the one you own then this is a waste of money. We want to be able to find what we need when we need it.
When the house is tidy and there are no obstacles or dangerous items lying around this translates into safety. Think about a small child on the floor picking up something and putting it in his mouth. Think about nana tripping on something that need not be there in the first place.
Another advantage of a neat and tidy home is that it can free up our minds and gives us greater capacity to think. There is less to confuse us. This is always good.
It’s so much easier to keep your house clean if you don’t have to tidy it first. A quick wipe down of the kitchen counter can turn into a marathon task if you can’t see the counter because it is covered with random objects that don’t need to be there.
Clutter builds up for many reasons. Failing to get rid of things that are no longer used or in poor condition is a major one. Yet de-cluttering can be fraught with difficulty. The greater the financial investment and emotional connection to the object, the harder it is to let go. It’s understandable. So, what can you do?
What space will you declutter? Examples may include your car, garage, shed, kitchen, laundry, bathroom . . . Select a space that is cluttered. For example, your family room. That’s all there is to step number one.
Identify an object or item in the space which contains or holds the clutter you wish to remove. This can include cupboards, closets, tables, benches, fridges, freezers, the trunk of car, TV cabinet, bed, pantry, etcetera.
For example, the music area.
Now, choose the section of that object by breaking it down into its smallest manageable parts. For example, in the the family room music area, you may select the top of the piano. Focus on this and only this and get the decluttering job done!
Be specific and work on each section independently of each other to make the decluttering task as simple as possible.
Pick something that you can complete in the time available to you. Whatever section you select finish the decluttering job.
When will you do the decluttering and for how long? Put it into your schedule. That which is scheduled gets done. If you set a time of 9:00 AM for 15 minutes then select a space that can be completed within 15 minutes.
To really gets things going and to achieve the best decluttering results schedule multiple session and areas. Why not define 9:00 AM and a 15-minute time frame for each day next week. Do this for 5 days – stick to your schedule – and 5 problem areas will be clean, tidy and organized.
The momentum will build. As you declutter one area then you will be inspired to declutter more. You are well on your way to a neat and tidy home.
Also, you may be interested in the book which was based on the study cited at the beginning of this post. Here is a link to “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century”. It is available Amazon in hardcover and digital.
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