Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by the clutter in your home or office? If you have, you can rest assured than you can conquer clutter in your living space with a little effort and a few helpful tips from the experts. It really is a win-win experience when you unclutter your home, office, and life. Not only will you save time and money, you will also be spared a great deal of unnecessary stress to yourself and your family.
Oprah’s guest, organizational guru Peter Walsh, host of Clean Sweep and author of It’s All Too Much explains that studies show that although families are smaller, homes are larger than ever. Even with more square feet of living space, many Americans still fill attics, basements, and storage units with stuff. Peter blames overstuffed spaces on our super-sized mentality. “We’re in a culture that says more is better,” he says. “We’ve been led to believe that things bring us happiness.”
Peter Walsh makes an important point. We are all taught that the more nice things you buy for yourself and your family, the happier you will all be. It’s an excellent marketing gimmick but rarely true. More stuff generally grows into a room in your home dedicated to storing things, a cluttered garage you never park your car in, closets filled to the brims with things you don’t even use or wear any longer, and can even possibly a lousy sex life. I invite you to follow Peter’s ten tips for conquering clutter in your home.
In Mother Jones August 2007 article “No Sex Please, We’re Organizing” Elizabeth Gettelman points out that Americans spend 55 minutes a day looking for things they know they own but can’t find.” Sound familiar?
One in eleven households rents storage space, which is one million more households than two years ago, and those numbers are escalating at an alarming rate. I personally know people who waste anywhere from $75 to $150 for storage every month, who have no desire to use any of the things in the storage units.
It may be time to ask yourself will keeping your excess stuff actually matter in 10 years? Are you ever really going to use it? If you hesitate at all when thinking whether to keep something, that often indicates it’s time to let go of it.
Keep it if you must. Give it away to a favorite charity if you prefer. Sell off excess things. Or if all else fails, toss it out. One of the most obvious ways to profit from getting rid of your clutter is to sell your unwanted stuff on the Internet. I have used Craig’s list. It’s free and it works as long as you only sell to people in your local area. I was successful using Craig’s List to sell excess furniture given to me by relatives. The result was money in my pocket and less furniture to trip over in my garage.