The Clutter Busting Coach’s definition of clutter comes down to this… “clutter is anything that you want to let go but haven’t yet. This can be mental and physical clutter”.
With physical clutter the challenge is in the letting go and also on not acquiring both of which is connected to our emotions.
To start letting go of the physical stuff here are some tips from the Clutter Busting Coach:
- Don’t obsess about having a “system” first
Finding the right storage system — whether it’s plastic bins or closet organizers is not the answer. Containers can become clutter. Make the hard decisions about getting rid of things yourself; then figure out where to store what’s left. No one object has the power to bring clarity to your home.
- Identify priority areas
Focus first on high-use areas or areas where you need to have clear space in order to get through your day efficiently. For example, the kitchen table for daily meals or the bathroom counter top where you get ready every morning. If one of those areas isn’t working at full capacity make it a top priority for de-cluttering.
- Seek out the hot spots
Tackle the places you ignore. If there’s a space that makes you cringe every time you see it, tell yourself that it’s probably less painful to sort through it now than to feel frustrated every day.
- Think beyond regrets
It’s common to think that discarding things will cause emptiness later on. For example, “I can’t get rid of the bread maker; what if I want to bake bread again someday?” Start by letting go of one thing at a time and you’ll quickly realize what most people do… that you’re actually relieved it’s gone and you feel lighter.
That which you cannot give away, you do not possess. It possesses you. -Ivern Ball