We all choose to bring things into our homes to make us feel loved, secure, attractive, healthy, wealthy and wise. But how much of this stuff truly makes us feel loved and secure? In other words is it living up to our expectations? Is it delivering our dreams and hopes or does it just start to take over our time, space, cost us money and become clutter?
By being organised we become aware of what we truly use, need and want, and we start to see the clutter. Clutter is the stuff that it gets in the way, we no longer use, we moving it; store it and waste time looking for it.
Clutter makes you feel depressed, annoyed, stressed, other words you don’t love it. Why spend time and money on things you do not need or use?”
There is a growing trend around the world where people are overwhelmed by possessions, to the point where they cannot function or they simply cannot find things so they just buy more. Everything we bring into our space comes with a carbon footprint. Somewhere in the world a tree has been cut down and/or minerals have been dug out of the ground then shipped somewhere to be manufactured into the things we need and want.
Being organised not only reduces the amount of clutter in our homes, it reduces our carbon footprint.
36 jars of red jam
Our first organising job was a kitchen. It was a large kitchen with so much storage, in fact, probably too much. As I started sorting the contents I noticed a lot of jam, in particular red jam.After sorting, organising and grouping like with like, we counted 36 jars of red jam. When we discussed with our client she said “I didn’t know I had it so I went and brought more”
This is a very common response. The clutter is hiding the things we need and want, costing us time, money and adding to our carbon footprint.
Clutter is different for every single person. What you consider clutter, someone else may consider a treasure. A recent survey found that 25% of the people surveyed have about 7 boxes they have not unpacked since they moved. Source STUFF HAPPENS- Josh Fear- Australian Institute 2008.
If that sound familiars, it is time to stop, pause and rethink
Ask yourself I have not unpacked it, how important is it, and does it deserve to take up valuable space?
“Four in ten Australians say they feel anxious, guilty or depressed about the clutter in their homes.
Women are much more concerned about clutter than men: almost half of the women surveyed said they were anxious, depressed or worried about the clutter in their home,
A third said they were embarrassed by it.
Indeed 59 per cent of women said there was a room in the house that they don’t like visitors to see because of the clutter” Source STUFF HAPPENS- Josh Fear- Australian Institute 2008.
A common belief is “I just need a bigger house and I will be organised” we say garbage to that. Building bigger homes to accommodate clutter does not make financial, emotional or environmental sense.
Fact: Our homes don’t come with elastic sides, the walls will not stretch and once our homes are STUFFED they become uncomfortable to live in.
Solution: Bite the bullet, declutter and eco organise.
Most people struggle to declutter because they have invested time and money in these items. They are emotionally attached; because they have brought the dream, that if they buy this product it will change their life.
“If I join the gym I will get fit”
“If I buy these storage containers I will be organised”
Unfortunately, just by joining the gym doesn’t mean you will get fit, it just means you have become a financial contributor to the gym.And just by buying the storage containers, folders and boxes does not mean you will instantly become organised. The only way to conquer clutter and help reduce our carbon footprint is to make clutter a priority.
Ghandi said “Be the change you want to see in the world” in other words create the change you want. Getting organised does not have to come with expensive storage solutions, flat packed and ready to go with an Allan key, it starts with the way we think. Being organised does not mean your home is spotless, immaculate or even looking like the page out of a glossy magazine.
Being organised means you have more time to do the things you LOVE and less time spent looking for the things you need.