One of the important aspects of getting clutter under control in your life is to discover why your home and life are cluttered. Spending as few as 15 minutes in quiet reflection often can help you to discover the root of your problem.
Is your home and life cluttered because of:
- Emotional avoidance? (Are you holding onto your past because you fear the present and future? Are you afraid that you’ll lose the memories of someone from your past if you get rid of a physical object of his/hers?)
- Physical exhaustion or limitation? (Have you been injured and cannot pick up objects as easily as you once could? Would you benefit from the help of a hired hand?)
- Mental exhaustion? (Are you emotionally overwhelmed because of a work or social situation?)
- Lack of time? (Are you working too many hours or traveling too often to keep your home well maintained?)
- Feeling overwhelmed? (Is there so much stuff in your home that you don’t know where to begin organizing and/or cleaning? Are you over-committed to clubs and activities outside of your home to give your life its proper attention?)
- Laziness? (Do you just not want to take care of things right now?)
- Compulsive shopping? (Are you buying more than you can use and need? Are you constantly buying things to make yourself feel better?)
- Procrastination? (Do you want to have your clutter disappear but would rather sit and watch television instead of deal with it?)
Once you identify the cause(s) of clutter in your life, you can work to keep clutter from reappearing in your home. The causation of your clutter might be able to be solved by simply changing your attitude (like with laziness) or hiring a professional organizer to get you started. Solving your time crunch problem might mean something more drastic like changing your job. In some cases, you might even consider consulting a counselor or life coach to help solve the root of your problem. In all cases, though, identifying the cause(s) of your clutter and working to solve it can help to keep your life clutter free in the future.
This post was originally published in June 2007.