As we go through this year’s Declutter Challenge, I thought it might be advantageous to discuss why we keep clutter.
Some of the reasons why people have clutter include:
- “Just in case”
- It’s part of my identity
- It shows status
- It provides me with a sense of security
- It’s mine (Territorialism)
- I inherited “Clutteritis”
- More is better
- My clutter is a manifestation of suppressed emotions
Do any of these ring true for you? Or you may have other reasons. The important thing is to note is that we often use clutter as an excuse.
If you agreed with any of the above reasons, it is important to take a deeper dive into that reason and determine if that is still true for you or if you can change your story.
If you are tired of having clutter, the question to ask is: Where would I be without clutter AND what would I be doing if clutter didn’t obstruct me? Another question would be, what do I need to change in my thinking so I can declutter?
If you have clutter because of an obsessive-compulsive disorder or for reasons that would benefit from seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist, I encourage you to do so. As a life coach, I am not a counselor. Yet, if you would like to clear clutter from your mind, body, and space, contact me for a free introductory session. What do you have to lose besides your clutter?