Are your closets full? Drawers stuffed? Cabinets crammed? Piles spilling over? Do just have way too much stuff?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are not alone!
According to a (very) informal survey I did a few days ago, the majority of us have TOO MUCH STUFF. But we’re not the only ones.
In fact, a TIME article describes how cluttered homes are “normal” for the typical American family. The article describes what researches encountered when they physically counted items in American homes:
“The first household assemblage we analyzed, resulted in a tally of 2,260 visible possessions in the first three rooms (two bedrooms and the living room),” and that didn’t include “untold numbers of items tucked into dresser drawers, boxes and cabinets or items positioned behind other items.”
2,260 possessions visible in 3 rooms of a house; more if you count what was put away.
The article goes on to say:
Moms frequently used phrases such as “mess,” “not fun” and “very chaotic” to describe their homes, where toys, clothes, trinkets and food overflowed into garages, closets and attics. “It’s difficult to find time to sort, organize and manage these possessions,” said Graesch. “Thus, our excess becomes a visible sign of unaccomplished work that constantly challenges our deeply engrained notions of tidy homes and elicits substantial stress.”
Because of our STUFF.
Doesn’t that seem odd? We work hard all day to accumulate possessions that are causing us stress.
That’s crazy! But apparently normal.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend every waking hour accumulating possessions – and then taking care of those possessions. I want to have fun, enjoy being with friends and family, and spend my time making a difference in this world!
I know you do too!
If you find yourself in a state of overwhelm, here are 2 simple things you can do right now to simplify your life:
1. Go on a spending hiatus.
Quit buying food, clothes, accessories, decorations, etc. for a specific time frame. The time frame is up to you. It can be one day. One week. One month.
I know this is easier said than done. But just try it.
This past January, my family and I didn’t buy anything for an entire month. It was hard. But the exercise made me realize how much this self-proclaimed minimalist gal thinks about purchasing new items. Much more than I thought!
Even though I hadn’t bought clothing in months, I really wanted some boots.
The binding of a book I read every day came off and my instinct was to just go get another one.
Every day there was something new I thought I needed.
Instead, I refrained from purchasing anything new. I wore what I had. I used pantry items that had been stocked up for months. I didn’t drive anywhere I didn’t have to go.
It was a good heart check. It helped me USE UP what we already had in our house. Plus we streamlined our possessions even further (and thus, reduced stress).
You’re experience may be different, but I think it’s definitely worth a try.
2. Get rid of something.
Or get rid of 100 somethings.
Simple, right? So simple that it’s easy to overlook.
It can be tempting to think we just need to be better organized. To get more containers. To finally get a bigger house.
But if keep things that aren’t being used, that aren’t loved, that don’t add value to our lives, it’s better to get rid of the cause instead of treating the symptom. Most of the time it’s just better to simplify.
Simplifying is easy once you get the hang of it.
You can sell valuable items that are no longer needed.
Give away duplicates.
Donate what you don’t need.
Then, maybe…when you’re ready…streamline the items you think you need right now, but will eventually come to realize aren’t adding any value in your life.
Right now, I’m launching a brand new clutter buster program called Simplify. Life. It’s designed to help you systematically streamline your possessions. It will guide you on how to do all of the above for every single possession in your home.
It’s hard-core and only for those who are truly ready to simplify their possessions so they can live a full and less-stressed life.
Since I’ve spent a loooong time simplifying my life and possessions, I’m ready to help you do the same! When you follow a step-by-step approach with built-in accountability, simplifying your life is easy.
The course isn’t live yet, but if you sign up here, you’ll be the first to know when it is.
Until then, go on a short (or long) spending hiatus and get rid of a few things. Then let me know the outcome!
What’s the major clutter spot in your home? What hurdle do you need to jump to finally tackle it?
Leave a comment below and let me know.