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10 Lies People Tell Themselves About Clutter

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7. Lie: It’s not that bad. If I were really a cluttered person, I wouldn’t be able to find anything. I never lose anything! I always know where my car keys and clicker are. How cluttered can I be if I always know which pile things are in?

Solution: Acknowledging your success is an important part of clearing clutter from your life. The reason you know where your keys are is because you put them in the same place every time you finish using them. Employ that tactic one pile at a time. Start with the mail. Every time the mail arrives, instead of adding it to a pile on the kitchen counter, put it in an accordion file. Say to yourself, “I keep my mail in an accordion file.” Suddenly, everything in your house will start to have a place.

6. Lie: Okay, so I haven’t worn it this year. You just never know! I could never get rid of those sexy black stilettos that I’ve never worn! They’re Anne Klein and were only $10! The perfect sit-down-and-just-admire-my-shoes event is sure to be in my future!

Solution: If you’ve never worn it, even on Halloween, you’ll probably never wear it. Give it away. Like I said before, waste equals waste. How do you discern which clothes you actually wear and which ones you don’t? Try going two or three weeks without doing laundry. Wear all of your wearable clothes. Whatever is left in your closet at the end of two or three weeks you probably don’t need. If you won’t wear it even when you’re desperate for clean laundry, you’ll probably never wear it.

5. Lie: It has sentimental value! I could never get rid of my grandmother’s crocheted tablecloth. I know, it’s falling apart and I don’t know how to fix it…

Solution: Limit your sentimental items to one suitcase full. Consolidate all of your sentimental items in one suitcase so that they do not clutter your home. Open the suitcase in a year. If you haven’t creatively repurposed them by then, consider getting rid of them.

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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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