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How to stop that vicious clutter cycle

How to stop that vicious clutter cycle

We declutter to simplify life, although how do we stop the vicious clutter cycle?  That’s stuff that slips in unnoticed, it comes in out of habit, routine, automated or our inability to say no thank you. Feeding the clutter cycle is the way we shop on impulse, for entertainment, social outlet or to fulfill a need.

What is the vicious clutter cycle?

The common pathway from purchase is

  • Use it
  • Store it
  • Lose it

To complete the cycle, we go and buy another, adding more clutter to our homes and increasing our carbon footprint.

Rethink and STOP that vicious cycle!

To stop clutter entering our homes and lives it’s important to identity your clutter and refuse it access to your life. Before you bring anything into your home or life, ask yourself

  • Do I need it?
  • Do I want it?
  • Do I love it?
  • Do I have similar already?

By answering these questions, you create space between the impulse to buy and your rational thoughts, questioning the relevance; will it add value or clutter your life?

Responsible Gift Giving

With only weeks to Christmas choosing the right gift can be a challenge, here’s a few tips to help you make a responsible choice.

Ask yourself

Is the gift suitable?

Age appropriate

As a professional organiser we declutter cupboards filled with gifts that did not suit the person’s needs or age appropriate, too young or too old

Functionality

Functionality plays an important role, if a gift is not simple and easy use or follow, chances are it is left in the box, stored in a cupboard, leaving the receiver feeling stressed, embarrassed and worried

Is the gift relevant?

Our tastes, interests and capabilities change. When choosing a gift, it is best to check if your gift idea is still relevant to the person it is intended. A Meat Lovers cook book may not go down well if your friend has become a vegan!

Do you they have similar?

This may require a little detective work, find out if they have similar nothing worse than finding out they have one, two or three of the same cluttering their cupboards

Avoid duplicates by checking with friends and family, nothing worse than everyone turning up with the same gift

Do they want or need it?

Ask friends and family what they would like for Christmas rather than second guessing.

For the friend that has everything maybe its time to rethink the Christmas gift (physical stuff) and give a Christmas experience.

The 10R’s™ Rethink Responsible Refuse Repurpose Reorganise Repair Reduce Reuse Recycle Reward