Do you ever feel like you have nothing to wear yet you have plenty of clothes? It’s probably because you have too many clothes and a lot of them you don’t really like or don’t wear for various reasons. Why keep these things?
Have you noticed that when your home is cluttered, your world feels a bit overwhelming too? I think it’s because our home, cupboards, car, handbags etc. often mirror part of our lives.
It’s no surprise then that when we declutter we feel lighter.
Have you heard yourself saying “I will need it someday” – but do you ever get to use it? I’ve found that when I need that “thing” I’ve been saving for all these years, I can’t find where I put it anyway and then land up buying a new one.
How does clutter make you feel? When I look at my clutter I feel uncomfortable and restless.
When you introduce new items into your life, you immediately associate value with these items, making it harder for you to give them up in the future. This psychological connection to things is what leads to the accumulation of stuff.*
When you see various parts of your home that are cluttered, ask yourself why you are keeping these things. What are you holding on to? It can be very difficult to let go of our possessions. There’s apparently a place in our brain that lights up when we experience the pain of letting go of the things we own.*
Give the clutter a name. When you look at the pile of stuff or the wardrobe that is too congested, give a name to it. e.g. Chaotic, busy, overloaded, stuck, ugly, messy etc. Do those words conjure up parallels in your own life?
What am I getting to here? Perhaps just to be aware that our clutter is more than just a pile of stuff, it has emotional connections too. You may even be holding on to old emotional baggage. An idea would be to look at what you can let go of and see if you feel lighter and more free when you do.
*Mikael Cho, How clutter affects your brain and what you can do about it.