For starters, it could be when you’re continually tripping over your things; kid’s toys, shoes, neglected clothing, magazine piles, or unopened delivery boxes. Or maybe it’s when you can no longer sit down on the comfy couch because of all the random stuff strewn all over it?
Now that’s an interesting rethink; if your stuff has a place but YOU don’t, ask yourself, “who’s really the boss?”
Deciding what to keep and what to let go of is not a simple task. But realize that any decision is better than no decision at all. So decide to decide. Sharpening your decision-making skills will allow you to reclaim your spaces. This step is not an easy one, but perhaps these questions will instigate the process:
- Are you surrounding yourself with the things you actually use and enjoy? Acknowledge the changes in your habits and lifestyles through the years and make your home a reflection of who you are today.
- Do you accumulate new stuff but still keep the old?
- Do you have an exit strategy? So many of hang on to things we no longer use and never got around to tossing or giving away. Set limits on the incoming and create an outgoing. If you can donate your undesirables to charities, or recycle conscientiously, everyone benefits. This ONE decision will create a noticeable change and will eliminate needless clutter.
So many of us are still living with a historical trail of our outdated technology; old printers, TV’s, computers, cameras, and cell phones find their way more readily to basements, attics, and garages than they do out the door. We continue to invite new pieces of furniture, lamps, and bedding into our homes, and yet we have trouble letting go of the old things we don’t even like anymore. We tend to hang onto things. Just in case.
If this sounds like you, no need to be embarrassed, it’s more common than you think.
Make your home a haven for living your life, not storing it. Don’t let the stuff take over any longer. People vs. things. Choose. Decide who rules the roost.