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10 Lies People Tell Themselves About Clutter

4. Lie: It might fit again. Seriously, just ten more pounds!

Solution: Hold on to one or two really stellar pieces of clothing that you love, but give away the rest. Having a closet full of clothes that don’t fit is depressing and mocks your weight loss efforts. Realistically, by the time you fit into your clothes again, they might not be in style. Hold on to the classic blazer you bought at the designer trunk show. Toss the cheap and trendy pieces that are too small. If you can’t bear to give away your clothes, and you really are losing weight, pack away everything that doesn’t fit and revisit it after you’ve lost the weight. Opening the box will be like receiving a huge gift, and a great reward for your weight loss.

3. Lie: If I only had a bigger house and more storage. It’s just that I have a kitchen with only two useless little drawers. I don’t have a proper coat closet! My garage is not attached to my house. If only I had more storage space…

Solution: The reality of living in a small house is that you have to pare down your belongings to what you actually need and use. If you’re prone to collecting clutter, a bigger house will become a big house full of clutter.

2. Lie: I lead a full life and have lot of stuff to prove it! Like they say, “A messy desk is a sign of genius.”

Solution: Some of the most successful businesspeople in the world are also the most organized. Martha Stewart’s office is devoid of decorations, and Warren Buffet’s office does not even contain a computer. Study the work stations of extremely successful people and follow their leads.

1. Lie: Moi? I’m really not that bad, you’re just a neat freak.

Solution: If you live alone and never have guests, maybe your clutter only affects your own life. If you live with others, your clutter is probably, at least subconsciously, driving them crazy. Admitting that you have a problem is the first step in rectifying it.

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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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