Recently I had the opportunity to go to visit a past clients home. I had worked with this client for a year on her home. We made great progress but I never truly felt like we finished the job. We still haven’t been able to pick up where we left off and new clutter has already arrived on the scene.
Because I have an intimate look into this clients like I realize a few things about why many people just can’t seem to stay clutter free. I’m going to post one of these a day so maybe after you read each one you can evaluate yourself and your home to see if any of these relate to you.
- People simply have too much stuff they don’t want to part with during the initial sorting and purging phase. I think that’s why the Marie Kondo book is such a big hit because it forces people to take everything out of a certain kind and look at what they have. Then decide how much they need to keep. If you take everything out and only get rid of a few items, then put everything back you are just rearranging and making no room for future growth in your life. The new items will just get crammed in and bury those items you couldn’t bear to part with. If you keep buying or collecting at a faster rate then you are purging you will always have too much stuff and you will never be clutter free.
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