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Where Clutter Begins

How does one’s home become cluttered?

Where does it start? What is responsible for the clutter? Clutter doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process that can take months or even years for you to even notice the clutter. Some of us live denial when we think of our homes as cluttered or we just don’t want to believe it because then we will have to do something about it.

Our lives are busy with going to work, driving the kids to school or after school activities, cleaning up after the kids, make dinner, doing the laundry, doing the dishes, buying your kids back to school clothes, buying new sports equipment, buying our kids the new toy that just came out. Let’s to honest, life is exhausting and a lot of just say “I’ll deal with that later.” But do we ever deal with it?

We live in a culture where we think we “need” all this stuff but in reality it’s more that we “Want” these items instead of needing them. Our culture has been so consumed by buying things that it’s putting most Americans in debt.

We buy too much stuff

About 20 Million Americans have a compulsive shopping disorder. Household’s have never had so many material goods but yet all over the United States people are reporting economic anxiety. The problem is we want material goods, watches, clothes, cars, kitchen gadgets, the newest products but our incomes haven’t increased. This leaves us feeling vulnerable and depressed and what happens when we get depressed, we buy more items to make us feel happy again.

Over the past 30 years a lot of things that were once considered a luxury are now necessities in our homes or have recently been invented to keep up with the demand for all things new. These items include TV’s, Air Conditioning, Dishwashers, Washers & Dryers, Computers, DVD Players, Smartphones, Coffee Makers and much more.

We keep things too long

One of the main reasons why clutter accumulates in our home is that we tend to hold on to items for too long. We think to ourselves, “I might need that someday” or “I know someone who could use this later” or “I feel guilt getting rid of it.” Chances are you will never “Need” that item in the future if you don’t use it today. All it is doing is collecting dust and cluttering up areas of your home. How do you know if you’ll need that item? A rule of decluttering is, that if you don’t use that item within 30 days than get rid of it, donate it or sell it.

The Most Common Clutter Items In Your Home

The most common areas in our home that become cluttered are our garagebasement and storage units. These are the most common items in your home that are causing clutter is:

  • Mail
  • Books
  • Beach Chairs
  • Expired Food
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Shoes
  • Makeup
  • Skincare Products
  • Holiday Decor
  • Furniture
  • Golf Clubs

The reasons why most people hold on to these items are they have sentimental value, impress friends, it was too good of a bargain, they are afraid to get it rid of it.

If you have clutter and want to take the steps to be clutter free read our article about on Decluttering Advice and Tips.

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