We choose to bring physical things into our home to make us feel secure, attractive, healthy, wealthy and wise, but when does stuff start to clutter our head and home?

Ask yourself

  • Is it living up to my expectations?
  • Is there space to think in my home?
  • Is it delivering my hopes and dreams or is taking control of my time and space?

De-cluttering creates a sense of confidence and self-efficacy (seeing yourself as competent). Source: Psychology Today

Clutter gets in the way, we moving it; store it and waste time looking for it. It has the power to make us feel depressed, annoyed stressed and costs money.

A 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.

36 jars of red jam

There is a growing trend around the world where people are overwhelmed by stuff, to the point where they cannot function in their home, they cannot find things, so they buy more, adding to the vicious clutter spiral and our carbon footprint.

Meet Debbie, her kitchen was out of control; after sorting, organising Debbie counted 36 jars of red jam, to her shock she said

“I could not find any so many I went and bought more”

This is a very common response, clutter hides the things we need and want, if this sound familiar, it is time to stop, pause and rethink

Ask yourself

  1. I have not unpacked it, used it or moved it, how important is it, and does it deserve valuable space in my life?

Did you know?

“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.

How to clear clutter in 5 simple steps 

If it has taken ten years to accumulate the clutter, do not expect to sort it in one afternoon. You can hire a skip bin and throw everything out, but that is not responsible decluttering, too often we see treasurers throw away, causing real pain and stress.

Step 1. Organise Tools

  • Garbage bin or bags
  • Recycle bin
  • 3 sturdy containers as cardboard boxes, tubs labelled stay, donate and return.

Step 2. Start small

Always start small; empty a drawer or a shelf at a time. Failure to complete a declutter project often occurs when everything is pulled out, this has a tendency to leave you feeling overwhelmed and drowning in clutter.

Step 3.  Sort

Sort into the relevant container – garbage, recycling, stay, donate and return

Returns -Items that do not below in this space; they live elsewhere or belong to someone else and need to be returned. Once you have finished sorting and decluttering the space, that is when and only then you return the contents from the returns container to their relevant homes. Guaranteed if you interrupt this process and return items before you finish your space, you are less likely to complete the space.

Stay- Items that will stay in the space you are decluttering; they are relevant to the function of the space

Step  4. Stay

Quickly clean the space and only put back the contents of your stay container.

Step  5. Recycle and Donate

Place recycling in the recycle bin, check out Useful Links for over 100 ways to responsibly dispose of unwanted items

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