OK, so if you read my last article on the tips I use to get rid of clutter you know what I think about clutter. Conversations with a number of people shed some light on the many reasons, I call them “excuses” we have for not clearing the clutter.
The main problem being – we have too much stuff! I bet you have some things you (or someone you live with) keep without having a good enough reason? Yep?
I used to be an offender too!
So why DO we keep so much stuff?
It seems for most people it’s easier to come up with an excuse for keeping something and delay making a decision rather than making a firm (and sometimes difficult) choice to say goodbye to it! Sounds about right?
Anyway, here are 5 of my favourite “excuses” for having too much stuff which leads to clutter:
- “I might need it someday.”
Ooh, yes you might! The weird thing is most of the items we keep can be easily found or replaced within a day or two. But we decide to keep anyway, in case “we might need it”. I’ve seen men (especially) keep screws and nails which create more and more clutter and in the end they can’t find that little screw anyway because they’ve kept so many, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack!
- “It has sentimental value”
“So-and-so gave me this”! I’m all for keeping memories and items that remind us of people we love. But the truth is, memories are not in the clutter! It’s the knick-knacks and “stuff” you have shoved in a box.
I can’t say get rid of everything as it’s not always an easy decision, BUT wouldn’t it be good to try and just keep the special things you cherish? And perhaps display them where you can enjoy them and have a story to tell when someone comments or asks a question about the item, instead of having them shoved in a box!
- I paid good money for it!
I’m sure you did! But the thing is, what has more value – the “item” you no longer have any use for or the way you enjoy your house? It’s either the item or your space. Do the maths!
- Oh, I’m just trying to figure out what to do with it…
Honestly, this one cracks me up! Coz really, if it takes that much thinking to figure out what to do with it, maybe it’s not worth holding on to! Simply put, it may not be worth as much to you as you think and it’s a safe bet you won’t miss it too much if you lose it. Ha!
- “I’m going to lose some weight and start wearing this again.”
I hope if you have a goal to lose some weight, you do everything in your power to make it happen. And when you do, why not go out and find a sale and buy some brand new clothes. Not only will you buy what’s on trend, but it’ll also be a perfect time to reward yourself!
To summarise, there is a lot more value in enjoying your life, home, friends and family than the “stuff” you either paid for or might need in future. We sometimes keep stuff for no reason and the longer we keep some, the less valuable they will be AFTER living rent-free in your house for that long.
So next time you find yourself making an excuse for keeping something, think again!
Are you a hoarder or do you simply keep stuff for the reasons above? Please share your experiences/thoughts with me.
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