The most prevalent issue I see in clients’ homes is clutter and its partner – disorganization. Simply put, most people have too much stuff. And the more stuff you have, the more difficult it is to keep all the stuff organized. Couples with children suffer from trying to organize lots of “kid-stuff”. Clients without children are prone to accumulating too many books, accessories, clothes, shoes, paperwork, collectibles, and/or things they just can’t part with on an emotional level.
It’s important to understand that creating order and simplicity in your environment allows you to better focus and feel centered. Clutter produces chaotic and draining energy.
For example, take a look at these photos and notice how you much peace you feel ~
There’s harmony and symmetry in nature which creates a peaceful experience. The same principle translates to your home.
The biggest negative about clutter is that the more stuff that fills up your home, the more emotional energy you’ll spend in trying to live around the clutter. Clutter keeps you unfocused. And with the unpredictability of the world “out there” it’s important now more than ever that you feel centered at home. Being organized allows you to experience a healthier quality of life.
Here are Easy Tips for Preventing Clutter in your Home
1. Avoid places that may activate your particular clutter “trigger”. These could be thrift stores, bookstores, outlet stores, garage sales, and sales in general.
2. If you can’t stop a “clutter craving,” make sure that you buy something that you can return. Keep the receipt. Sometimes, just driving around with the item in your car for a couple days will enable you to see that you don’t really need it and then you can return the item but DON”T use it as an opportunity to do more shopping.
3. Be proactive and dispose of clutter on a daily basis. Don’t let mail, laundry, dirty dishes, shoes, or paper on your desk pile up.
4. Stop your unsolicited extra postal mail. Stop by http://www.newdream.org/junkmail to opt-out of email lists. Virtual clutter is still clutter!
5. Stop accepting freebies. Don’t take home everything you’re offered from party, a trade show, or a grocery store. Don’t bring home travel samples from hotels or events. Leave them there!
Hope this helps and I’d love to hear your suggestions for keeping clutter in check.