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10 Lies People Tell Themselves About Clutter

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10 Lies People Tell Themselves About Clutter

10. Lie: I’ll get to it tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a good day. I’ll spend all morning sorting, organizing, and disposing of all this stuff. I’ll start with the bills and business stuff. First, I’ll pick up some cute file folders and mark everything by bill type, and then…

Solution: Setting your expectations too high is the demon behind procrastination and lying to yourself about clutter.  Saying you’ll tackle everything in one day is a set up for failure. Instead, start small. Instead of saying you’ll create a filing system with custom folder labels, start by just opening the stack of bills that’s sitting on your kitchen counter. You don’t have to pay them now: just open them. Baby steps.

9. Lie: Well, I’ve been trying to give it away, but no one wants it! Seriously, I keep asking my friends if they want to take up soap making, as I have a whole bin of cool soap molds. What about their kids? It would be a fun vacation project…

Solution: When in doubt, throw it out. If you don’t want it, and no one you know wants it, it’s probably a useless item. It’s hard to face the fact that you wasted money on a useless item. Whether it sits unused in your house and clutters your life, or if you throw it away, it’s a waste. My mom’s diet coach says, “Waste equals waste.” It’s true for both leftover food and unused household objects.

8. Lie: If I put it away, I’ll forget about it. But, if it’s out in the open, then I will certainly remember to tackle the project (or pay the bill) and THEN I will put it away.

Solution: If you’ve ever tried to search for an urgent bill in a pile of mail, you know how easy it is to lose important items in piles. I put all of my urgent items in one folder, and write a to-do list on my calendar. I know where my unpaid bills are, and I won’t forget them because I have left myself a note on my calendar.

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2:58AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

So true. Thanks for sharing.

10:45AM PDT on May 8, 2013

One reason why I do not get rid of things is that I am sure 'I may need them'. A friend once told me that she takes everything she cannot quite get rid of and puts it in a bag in a cupboard, so she gets it out of the way but doesn't feel anxious about having thrown it away. I found it such a relief not to have to live with the clutter. One day I took time to sit down and sort it out, and it was clear that I had lived without it for so long with no trouble that it was much more sensible to throw it away.
Another reason why I keep things is that I hate waste and do not want things to go into the rubbish. So I have found an animal welfare organisation which holds jumble sales and give it all to them. Then I feel that it is being put to good use. Sigh of relief.

7:01AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

My mom is a hoarder but she is in denial and she doesn't want to get help. When she was growing up, she didn't have much so she tried to compensate it with buying things until she is surrounded by clutter. My dad doesn't say anything, he just accepts it. My parents have an unhealthy marriage.

6:54AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Life is complicated, and its always a struggle to stay in control of stuff whether its emotional or material, so don't get stressed out about it. Finding a good routine to manage things is the best idea, but its never "done" so accept that and keep on it.

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Procrastination is the friend of clutter. Did reorganize a closet today and I stress the words "a closet", one small thing to reorganize. Was able to toss out various things not used for a year or so.

A variety of solutions are donations, consignment and the favoured garage sale by yourself or with friends/neighbours.

As for the desks of some successful people being clutter free, that is nice but to be honest people do what suits them and highly successful people have high incomes with more space to put things. No doubt there are other highly successful people and geniuses who have a pile of clutter on their desks as well. Individuals do not always conform to the ideal of what other people expect. If one is comfortable with oneself and the environment then that is what goes

My space is small and limited but I know where everything is for the most part. As long as one does not turn into a hoarder where things are all over the floor with no room for anything/things piled on top of everything else some clutter is fine. Work on small things and if one is comfortable with how you live that is fine. Keep the things that are truly important to you.

12:01PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Useful tips.

12:37AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Thanks

11:21AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Thank-you for the informative article & comments. I was once very organized & uncluttered, however, things do change as we get older. I presently have cluttered clutter, & unfortunately one thing that has not changed is that I procrastinate, always have. I'd like to get back to being the way I was with/without the procrastination. Will that happen, time will tell. Good luck to all.

11:21AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Thank-you for the informative article & comments. I was once very organized & uncluttered, however, things do change as we get older. I presently have cluttered clutter, & unfortunately one thing that has not changed is that I procrastinate, always have. I'd like to get back to being the way I was with/without the procrastination. Will that happen, time will tell. Good luck to all.

11:20AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Thank-you for the informative article & comments. I was once very organized & uncluttered, however, things do change as we get older. I presently have cluttered clutter, & unfortunately one thing that has not changed is that I procrastinate, always have. I'd like to get back to being the way I was with/without the procrastination. Will that happen, time will tell. Good luck to all.

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