In the world we live in today, it’s easy to accumulate an abundance of “stuff”; it often feels as though every passing birthday or holiday leaves another hill of items threatening to topple over, seeping into your living spaces. It’s this accumulation that can often lead to clutter, a seemingly innocuous problem that can wreak havoc on not just our physical spaces but also our mental health, productivity, and overall sense of comfort. But how can you discern when it’s merely a little mess from when it’s truly time to liberate your spaces and declutter? Let’s look at some tell tale signs that it is time to declutter.
1 – When Chaos Reigns Supreme
Just finished cleaning up, yet your home looks like a whirlwind has passed through an hour later? Frustrating isn’t it? This is one of the most apparent indicators that your mess isn’t ordinary – it’s a sign you’re possibly drowning in clutter.
2 – The Vanishing Act
Is your endless search for that one specific item becoming a regular exercise? This consistent hunt points towards a cluttered space where things are no longer where they should be, and you possess more than you can manage.
3 – The Weight of Your World
If the mere thought of coming home fills you with dread or overwhelms you, don’t ignore this feeling. It’s indicative of how physical clutter might be trickling into your mental space, causing stress or anxiety. The connection between clutter and psychological distress isn’t arbitrary; it’s scientifically-backed with numerous researches establishing this association.
4 – Double Trouble
Finding identical items littered around randomly can be indicative of a deeper clutter issue. It demonstrates that the chaos of your surroundings has led to you forgetting what you own or being unable to locate it, quite literally compelling you to unnecessarily duplicate your possessions.
5 – Overflow Points to Overabundance
Having your closets drooping under the sheer weight of your stuff or garages and attics packed to the brim suggests an overwhelming accumulation. This overflow isn’t about a lack of space; it’s more about an excess of possessions.
6 – Out of Sight, Out of Use
Do you have a graveyard of unused items tucked away somewhere? Clothes, electronics, kitchen gadgets, or hobby-related items that might not have seen daylight for years? This is a clear indication you’re hoarding items, contributing to the overall clutter.
7 – Productivity Plummets
Waning productivity, especially when trying to complete tasks at home, could signal that clutter has snuck its way into your work-life balance. By creating distractions, it’s likely hindering your focus and overall productivity.
Decluttering, though it may initially seem overwhelming, doesn’t have to be a nightmare. It’s a process to be taken one step at a time. Start by segregating your items into distinctive categories such as ‘keep’, ‘toss’, ‘donate’, and ‘sell’. Make it manageable by addressing one room at a time and going at your own pace. The aim is not to create stress but to shed it. Indeed, decluttering done right should leave you feeling lighter and your living space, much airier and more inviting.
Brazilian mother of two and CEO of Sparkling Clean Pro & Green Living Supplies since 2005. Working as an ecological advocate within the cleaning industry & aiding immigrant families and women at risk.