Are You Overwhelmed With Clutter?

When Cluttering Becomes A Problem

Decluttering helps streamline your life and allows you to accomplish more with less time. Also, being organized enables you to accomplish more in less time. Subsequently, you will have more time to do something you enjoy or be more productive.Clutter and Anxiety

Decluttering and organizing also provide you with intangible benefits like a feeling of pride and an overall sense of satisfaction.   This sense of pride will, in turn, help you in both your personal and professional life. 

Do You Have A Clutter/Organization Problem?

Marie Kondo’s popular Netflix show has brought organizing and cleanliness into the limelight. This is fortunate as clutter and disorganization can be overwhelming, and this overwhelming feeling will follow you both in your home, personal life, and even your career. And when you are overwhelmed, hopelessness and depression may soon follow.

Disorganization and clutter, if not kept in check, will spread like a virus and negatively affect your personal, social, and your career. 

Some of the major problems (other than the mess itself) associated with disorganization are: 

  • Health Problems
  • Depression
  • Stress 
  • Loss of productivity
  • Loss of self-esteem

 and much more. 

When Is Clutter A Problem?

Please note, Being a bit messy and having mild problems with organizing doesn’t mean you’re doomed to appear on the next episode of Hoarders. However, it becomes a problem when the following occurs:

  • Time WasterYou waste time when your environment is disorganized and full of clutter. For example, if your house is in disarray, you’ll be more likely to lose items. And the time spent looking for your lost keys could be spent doing something productive.
  • Embarrassment– Clutter can cause you to be embarrassed and/or have something negative happen. For example, you are late to work because you are disorganized and can’t find your keys. Also, your embarrassment can cause you to avoid social outings, or you may even come off as being rude. For example, your social life may directly result because of clutter and lack of organization. For instance, you may be embarrassed to invite company over to your house because of your cluttered lifestyle. Also, when you refuse to give a co-worker a ride home from work because you are ashamed of your messy car, you are thought of as being unfriendly.
  • Your Cluster And Disorganization Cost You Money– You will likely do the following when you are disorganized or your house if full of clutter:
    • You, eat out more– When you are disorganized, your dishes will most likely be dirty, which results in you eating out more. Eating out not only costs more; but, it also is terrible for your health if you tend to eat either fast food or convenience food. Also, because of clutter, you may not be able to find the necessary utensils to cook, which, in turn, will result in you eating out too much. 
    • Spend More Money On Clothing– Your clothes will not last as long as they should if you put off doing, regular, laundry.
  • Health Is Negatively Affected– When your life is full of clutter and disorganization, you will suffer unnecessary stress. And, stress is a killer as it can not only cause you to be depressed; but, also heart disease.

Below are other commons, signals that your clutter is out of control:

  • When your poor organizational skills disrupt your relationships, work, health, and other areas in life. 
  • You are unable to get rid of items even when you are aware that you no longer use them or need them. 
  • You have areas in your home so cluttered that you can’t fully use those areas anymore. 
  • You have tried multiple times to get organized; and, if you can get it organized, you are not able to keep it organized for long
  • You’ve had unused containers or shelves that you bought for organizing 
  • You’ve purchased books on organizing/decluttering, and you either don’t read them or don’t apply any of the ideas.
  • You feel anxious because of your inability to organize and the chaos in your life. 
  • Your clutter leads to depression.

How Can I Start To Declutter My Life?

I will go more in-depth on this in future articles.  However, below are guidelines to help you start to get on the right track for decluttering.

  • Start Small-initially try organizing for 30 minutes a day and then gradually increase your time spent on cleaning and organizing.
  • Get Outside Help– If you don’t have the time to organize and clean consistently, you need to hire a cleaning service or consider hiring a professional organizer.  
  • Reward Yourself-Try to grow a habit of cleanliness by rewarding yourself every time you organize. For example, if you like T.V., you can reward yourself with an hour of television after you have cleaned for an hour or so. 
  • Chore List-Create a weekly list of chores for you and your family to complete throughout the week.
  • Routine– You need to develop a routine for your weekly, daily, monthly, and yearly organization, cleaning, and decluttering. 

Tip-if you are truly short on time, you should prioritize your chore list where you will complete the most necessary tasks first. 

Final Thoughts

The cliche of “Rome wasn’t built in a day” should be remembered when you are starting your decluttering journey.  It will take time to override old habits.  However, the rewards of living an organized life are well worth your time and effort.  So, if you are persistent and thorough, you soon will be able to declutter your life.