Clutter in your home is a severe problem. It is essential to get to the root of the causes of clutter so that you can deal with clutter properly. The following are some of the reasons why you have clutter, to begin with. You will find out how you can get rid of causing clutter to accumulate too.
You are confused about the process of decluttering.
When it comes to decluttering, you might be confused because you have never done it in the past. This can be one of the leading causes of clutter and why you have a lot of it in your home. If you are not aware of how the process of decluttering works then how can you start to declutter? Think of decluttering as a way to remove your belongings from your life that are no longer useful to you. You might value them due to sentiment, but they have no real value because you can do without them easily.
The process of decluttering depends on the amount of clutter you have in your home and how much time you have at hand. If you have a small amount of clutter because you regularly get rid of things that you no longer need, then you can dedicate a few hours on the weekend to declutter. However, if you have realized that your home is filled with clutter and you live in a large house, then you might need more time. You can plan according to room or according to categories when you start to declutter. Decluttering each day can help you clean your home too.
You spend on things you have not used yet.
At times, we get things in the hope that someday we are going to use them. If that day has not come for many of the items in your house, then it is highly likely that you are holding on to clutter. These causes of clutter take up space while having no particular utility. Let us take the example of books that you were planning to read a few years ago, but you still did not get time to read. If you still have no interest and are thinking that someday you will then forget it because that ‘someday’ will probably never come.
The first way to deal with such type of clutter is to think before you buy anything. Only get something that you are going to use immediately. For example, if you are researching about a subject and you found the perfect book to learn about the particular subject then get it and start reading. Make a habit to use the things that you buy so that they hold value and are being used in the process. Whether it is a food item, a book, or an item of clothing, you should use it so that it doesn’t come under the category of ‘clutter.’
You are unable to let go of sentimental clutter.
Sentimental clutter is one of the leading causes of clutter, and most people have a tough time of letting go of something that is of the value of them. You feel disrespectful if you even think about letting something go which meant a lot at one point in time. So even if it serves no purpose to you or anyone else, you still have it because someone important gave it to you. The problem with sentimental clutter is it is taking up space in your home. If you empty up space, then you can keep something of value in the place of the sentimental clutter.
You can deal with sentimental clutter in the following way. You don’t have to get rid of every single thing that matters to you. You can choose to keep a handful of items at a specifically designated place. It is not a good idea to keep it in a place where you keep things you need on a daily basis. You can choose to display the items that have sentimental value, and in this way, you will be able to see them every day without it affecting your life in a cluttered way. You can donate the other items that you have chosen to declutter if they can be used by someone else.
You are unable to resist a good bargain.
This is one of the causes of clutter that everyone must have experienced at least once in their lifetime. You see something that is on sale or that has a free gift, and you give in to the temptation to buy it. Before you know it, you have items in your home that you just accumulated either because they were on sale or they came free with another item. But you realize that you don’t even use the item that you got for free. This type of clutter does not seem bad in the beginning, but you will soon realize that it is the reason why you have so much clutter, to begin with.
Is there a way to deal with this type of clutter? Yes, there is. Ask yourself the question of whether you would have bought the item regardless of it being on sale. If the answer is yes, it means you do use the product, and there is nothing wrong with the purchase. However, if the answer is no, then you are better off with the clutter from the bargain. You can write a shopping list and then stick to it so that you don’t go crazy when you are buying stuff. You can limit how many things you order so that you are not spending unnecessary and increasing clutter.
You like to be prepared.
People tend to stock things up; clothes and food are classic examples. This is one of the causes of clutter that you probably admit is not clutter. But it is. Another example of this is when you have just started to be interested in something, and you buy whatever you can get your hands on such as books, etc. to learn about it. While this is great in some respects, spending money unnecessarily and then cluttering your home is a big no because your house can’t keep holding new things on a regular basis.
The problem with this type of clutter is that you can end up realizing that you have wasted your money. Food can spoil, you can lose interest and so on. This is why you have to be very careful before you get ready to stock up everything. For food supplies, you can get how much is necessary for a week or a month maximum depending on how many times you frequent the market. For other items, if possible, then you can borrow it or rent it from somewhere to save space and money. Some things need to be bought in bulk so know you will use them before you buy.
You have now seen how the various causes of clutter can lead to a lot of clutter in your home. If you think that you have even a little bit of clutter, then you should start to declutter right away. The sooner you start, the better it will be and easier.