Clutter fuels my anxiety. It makes things feel chaotic, and so whatever stress normal life brings feels amplified when my surroundings are chaotic too.
I'm packing for a trip and since I live in a tiny space, one or two items out of place can feel super off for me. At the moment.... I have about 100 things out of place! LOL Nothing is where is usually is and everything is out and visible. I'm a "Ladybug" and like things hidden so at the moment... I'm feeling chaotic!
I think some people believe because I blog about decluttering that my home may be magazine-worthy. Let me tell you, friend, it’s not. There are days when it's on point and then there's tonight! My home is functional. I have 2 chairs for my living space, a desk for my dinning room table/office, a small kitchen and a bedroom that literally fits a queen size mattress. We all have our own unique ways of living in our homes.
Add into that the chaos of packing for a two week vacation, and well, things are nuts right now.😂
If you are feeling stressed out about your clutter and don’t want to start because you feel like the end goal is impossible, take a step back.
Do you really need an Instagram-worthy home? Or could just getting your home functional do the job?
I guarantee you, if you got rid of enough clutter to make things feel functional, you’re going to feel a heck of a lot better!
So what do you do?
Here's an example.
Maybe you have too many plates, so you simply use them all before you actually do the dishes. This causes your sink to back up, which makes using your kitchen frustrating.
Then, you have two loads of dishes to cram into the dishwasher before you’re “caught up”. Meanwhile, you are still eating off of plates that went through the first run of the dishwasher.
Begin never-ending frustrating clutter cycle.
You got rid of any plates beyond a dishwasher load?
Say you hide all but 6 or 8. Put them in a box in the garage for a week or two. Then, see what happens.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want you to be washing the same mug over and over to use it. However, if our level of clutter starts to make things frustrating, then life can get even more stressful. Maybe it’s not dishes. Do you have a cluttered area you could give 15 minutes of your attention to try and make it work for you instead of against you? Could you simplify an area?
Here's your assignment for the week.
Select one area and simplify it so you have what you need for the week. Nothing extra or just in case! Maybe your cupboard that holds your Tupperware. How much Tupperware do you really need? Enough for leftovers for the week? Put the rest in a box and hide it for the week. Does it create less stress for you when you open the cupboard?
I do a free 45 minute session with all of my clients and we can take a look at what area may be the best place for you to start decluttering. Are you ready to start decluttering your life? It's time! It will be freeing, I promise! Let's do this! Your Life Coach Robin