I’m a clutter snob. I don’t like it and try to avoid it by all means possible. This wasn’t an overnight thing, but I’ve learned over the years that I don’t need two or three of everything. I can survive with just a handful of dishes and I don’t need three similar styles of boots in my closet. It boils down to what you need and what you love.
I’ve talked to family members that complain they don’t have enough closet/drawer space for all their stuff. They feel that the solution is a bigger home with bigger closets and storage areas. Getting rid of the excess is not even a thought for them. It’s the way that we have been trained to think and unfortunately it’s very common in our culture. The more you have, the better off you are…well I beg to differ.
Less is actually more!
More time: When you don’t have to waste extra time searching through a pile of things, it cuts your search time dramatically. You will also need less time to clean. I can attest to this, I noticed that the less things we have in the home, the quicker we can pick up and clean.
More money: When you have so much stuff that you forget what you do have (because you can’t find it), you tend to waste money by purchasing more. It’s a bad cycle that will continue to add to your clutter and drain your pockets.
More space: It’s amazing how big your home will appear when you get rid of excess stuff. Suddenly, your closet feels like a huge walk-in and not the cramped space you had to perform acrobatics to get in and out of. Remember that empty space is a good thing, it gives the illusion of a bigger space and it looks neater.
I also find that most experts give advice assuming people own a 2,500+ sq. foot homes, with a two car garage, attic space and sometimes even a basement. However, that’s not the size of most American homes.
So for the next five weeks on Tuesdays, I’ll be sharing tips on how to get rid of excess and organize your home even when you’re tight on space. I’m hoping the tips and ideas I share will help others like me, that don’t have a surplus of space to work with.
If you’re anxious to get started now check out 5 Easy Steps To Help You Get Rid Of Clutter!