Are you a packrat? Do you save needless items for an unusually long time? Most people don’t even realize they are packrats and there are varying degrees of severity for sure. If something you own no longer has a use in your life and you are still holding on to it then you probably are a packrat. The most effective way to reduce clutter in your home is to start by purging items you no longer use or need. Unhealthy attachments to belongings slow you down, wear you out and can add frustration to your lifestyle that is simply unnecessary. I’m sure you know already that life is complicated enough.
Reasons to Declutter? The Negative Effects of Clutter in the Home
- More Challenging and Physically Exhausting Moves from place to place. In fact sometimes moving isn’t even an option for those on the severe end of the packrat spectrum.
- Less Livable Space in your home for activities that don’t include collecting things.
- Clutter Produces Constant Static that Leads to Stressful Living everyday even if you don’t realize that IT’s what’s causing your stress and anxiety …
- Clutter adds Complication and that’s what our lives become – COMPLICATED. You are a “manager” of belongings – which can be a full time job at any given moment
- Lose your Ability and Freedom to be Spontaneous like relocate or travel for extended periods. You lose the freedom to embark on a new adventure when opportunity comes knocking- and it always does.
- More Challenging Sale of Home either in the actual sale of it or in the labor required to prepare for the sale. When there is too much of your stuff in the home there is no room for potential buyers to imagine their stuff in it.
- An Excess of Belongings Also Puts Added Wear and Tear on a Home so your home may lose some of its market value
- Friends Often Don’t Like To Come Over or hang out for extended periods of time
- Trying to Find Something You Misplaced can border on impossible
- You Get Less Overall Enjoyment Out of Your Surroundings. Either you’re constantly shifting stuff around to make room or chasing the mess around the house. Have you ever just relaxed around minimal things and enjoyed the peacefulness of it all? It’s highly underrated.
If you are on the severe side of packrat and are being forced to purge items due to lack of space let me start by telling you that nothing bad is going to happen to you after getting rid of useless clutter – only good things. If you are an organized packrat purging can be a little easier as you may not have to go thru everything piece by piece. You can literally purge entire boxes at once saving you time and any anguish that can sometimes come with purging. Walking down memory lane is an emotionally and physically exhausting exercise. Know your limits. Don’t try to get it all done in one day. Take your time and if you need a break or are having difficulty with releasing items you no longer have a use for, remove yourself from the task at hand and get some fresh air, and a fresh perspective. Always remember that tomorrow is a new day with less complication and stress in your clutter free environment.
Tip: To maintain your clutter free environment and prevent it from getting out of hand again. Make a rule. For every item that you bring into the home (there are exceptions of course like food) Be committed to removing another. This can really help you save money before you buy since you will be asking yourself …do I like this more than I like something else in my home….? It’s an excellent habit to have…Good Luck.