What You Need to Know About Clutter and How It Affects Your Life
Clutter: A Quick Definition
What exactly is clutter? Here’s some thoughts to put it into perspective:
- Something you don’t need
- Something you wish you didn’t have
- A whole lotta nothin’
- Useless “stuff”
- Meaningless mania
- Unsorted mess
- Illogical thinking
- Valueless items
- Someone else’s…
- Unrelated items
- Postponed decisions
- Unfinished actions
- VISUAL NOISE
How Clutter Makes You Feel
Can you relate to any of these?
- Like you want to run away!
- Out of control
- Out of sorts
What Clutter Causes
The sad truth is, clutter can have a very adverse effect on your personal and professional life. Here’s a variety of ways clutter can be causing you costly mistakes:
- Lost time looking for things
- Lost $$$
- Misuse of valuable time
- Paper “pain”
- A physical mess
- Lack of space
- Lack of focus and concentration
If you feel like you’re the only one on the planet who feels disorganized because there’s cluttered chaos in your home or office, rest assured you are not alone.
From my 23 years of being a Professional Organizer, I have heard words listed above directly from clients and those who have shared their feelings in general life conversation. It takes over your life resulting in the causes I listed.
Huffington Post did a recent survey stating 84-87% of those polled worry their home is not clean or organized enough causing anxiety over maintaining their homes.
What’s interesting is that people have similar issues – a/k/a “symptoms” – however they still need a customized solution.
When dealing with disorganization, I use an “outside-the-box” approach that caters to a client’s specific needs and personalities. Each person is unique in their situation. I help clients understand the why and then develop a long-term solution.
Why do they feel this way? I listen with compassion and design systems from their comprehension of how it will work for them.
These days home offices are the “norm” which has taken over space unplanned for in their original design and success only happens when systems are set up. Business owners, department Managers, and employees need to be on the same page via an organized, systematic environment improving the bottom line.
Most of the time I find that it goes back to their roots. Was organization taught at home? Did they have a place for everything? What role models did they have to show them the logic behind the solutions?
School does not teach you how to keep your bedroom neat or how to keep your kitchen set up to cook with ease. You learn that from your environment.
I came from an organized environment. When Sundays used to be Sundays – oooh so long ago – we all gathered at Grandma & Grandpa’s house – aunts, uncles, cousins. Whoever was left at the end helped clean up assembly style.
I remember the routine fondly. The men got the living room back in order the way Grandma had it. The women handed each other items off the kitchen table in line to the appropriate cabinet to store dishes, glasses, silverware to the exact spot they came from.
My fondest memory was standing in front of the open fridge next to my Grandma and handing her the next item for her to store. It went exactly in a specified spot. Just to be a prankster with her, I moved things around when she wasn’t looking and she laughed. But it always came back to her system.
Little did I know then that she was actually teaching me the profession I so enjoy when I can teach others the logic behind what goes where. Having set chores on Saturday was a built-in benefit that started young.
I started my business after she passed and I would sense her hand on my shoulder at the end of client sessions in recognition of a job well done! I will add that she taught each of her 6 children the “art” of organizing.
I never knew what a cluttered home looked like until I had my first babysitting job. I took the task of washing the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen for the parents who were busy with their 5 children – trust me, there were no organizational skills taught in that house so my help was so appreciated!
Whatever age you are, it is not too late to learn. Let’s discover together how to remove the “chaotic clutter” from wherever you are nationwide through virtual organizing sessions in your office, home office, or home.
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