Clutter, most of us are guilty of having it. I know I have a house full of it right now. I’ve been reassured by the hubby that our house is no different then anyone else’s with so many kids. I beg to differ. I find it difficult keeping up with the clutter of the family and I am guilty as the rest in the ‘drop and forget’ practice too. To make things even more challenging is the nature of my mental health status. I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. A wonderful mix. But I am working hard every day on getting better. However, the combination of these two illnesses with clutter … well, it can lead to a vicious cycle. You see, the illnesses tend to make me tired and less motivated. This leads to more clutter forming. The more clutter I see, the more heightened my illness symptoms become and the cycle continues.
Psychologytoday.com says of clutter that:
- Clutter overstimulates our system (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.
- It draws our attention away from what our focus should be on.
- Makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
- Constantly reminds our brains that we still have a huge to-do list.
- Causes anxiety because the idea of sorting piles is overwhelming
- Creates feelings of guilt and embarrassment, particularly when someone drops by unexpectedly.
- Frustrates us by making it hard to find anything we need- keys, bills, checkbook, etc.
Oh how true this is! The clutter in my home currently not only makes my house look terrible but it makes me feel sad and overwhelmed.
For the longest time I felt that my home simply needed to be better organized. We moved into our current home approximately 3 years ago and I have always felt that I haven’t gotten on top of organizing it the way I want. What I am finally realizing is it’s not the organization of our stuff that is the issue. It is simply to fact that we have way too much stuff!! So, I have decided to have a Yard Sale! With the purpose of de-cluttering my home. The goal is to eliminate instead of organizing. If all I do is organize the stuff, the issue of having too much stuff still exists. Organized clutter is still clutter!!
So, taking little baby steps, I have collected several boxes of items already that I have deemed worthy of the Yard Sale. It is difficult as I have emotional attachments to so many items. But once I started purging, believe it or not, it actually felt good!!
The next step is to stop clutter from coming into the house. This is difficult for me too as I love to shop! Shopping for new things, old things, used things, it doesn’t matter. If it’s cute or unique it came home with me. Now I need to ask the hard question of, “Do I really need it?” And, “Could the money be spent better elsewhere?” Clutter in my home has made me not want to invite friends over any more, when I do have down time, it’s not very relaxing as I am always thinking of things I should be doing. Also, money is tight more often then it should be due to my spending on ‘stuff,’ and I currently am unable to use my garage as it is full to the brim with clutter!! Thank goodness for the upcoming Yard Sale!! You see I have goals in life. Some really important ones include retiring from my profession in 15 years (who’s counting eh?) and having a custom built home. Both require commitment. I know I can do it. Now to do it!