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The emotional flow-on of clutter

February 24th, 2007 · No Comments


In my reflections and thought processes over the last two months, I’ve been noticing the clutter in our home.  Now, I am really big on clearing space (you’d never have guessed, of course:) and I regularly purge a cupboard or a drawer or a shelf… but when life gets busy, somehow the ‘big’ cleanups get pushed into the ‘when I have time one day’ pile.

And things start to pile up.

My office is one place where all the paper starts to pile up.  And books.  I swear they magically breed overnight… what other excuse is there?

And so I have been thinking, in my ruminations, about how to have the house run more effectively as we all get busier.  And this means reducing the amount of stuff we have, and having the stuff we decide to keep organised and in it’s place.  So we can find that light bulb, or that shoelace, or that prescription, or that key right when it is needed. Without stress.

Looking for something when you need it NOW and not being able to put your hand on it straight away is soooo stressful.  Especially when it’s needed by someone else who’s getting a little hot under the collar…

But there are reasons why the clutter and stuff accumulated in the first place.  Often emotional reasons why the cleanup is still on the to do one day list.  And sometimes it isnt just a matter of being too busy.

And this is why I was thrilled to see this post by the wonderful Jessica from It’s not about your stuff! about The WHY of clutter.

Most people never stop to ask themselves WHY they clutter… they focus their attention on HOW to deal with it, WHEN will they have the time to start, WHO is to blame, or ‘WHERE can I stash this stuff before my in-laws arrive?!" Yet WHY may be the most insightful question, the one that can finally bring much-needed relief.

Hmmm…definitely food for thought here.  She goes on to say:

In the decade that I have been working with people to break through their clutter, I have come to realize that your surroundings are like a mini-biography, the tangible evidence of what you are trying to say, both consciously and unconsciously.

Jessica goes on to share seven questions to ask yourself around your clutter problem, that really hit to the heart of the matter.  They are brilliant – go see!

Tags: Heart and Home · Resourcing for Women Who Do Too Much

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