I don’t know about you but I actually get sick of hearing the word clutter. I think it’s becoming over used to the point that people think every pile they see is clutter. That’s not true. I have a pile of active paperwork on my desk that I use to write blogs with. I don’t feel like that’s a pile of clutter. I leave my sons markers, crayons, and colored pencils out on the table to encourage him to color when he feels like it and I don’t feel like that is clutter. The truth about clutter is: not all piles are clutter, and not all clutter are piles.
“Clutter is the poetry of our homes. It is an intimate view that is not always perfect-a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. A lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth.” Author, Mary Randolph Carther
Is clutter always bad? Not necessarily.
The Truth About Clutter
Psychologist Kathleen Vohs, lead author of a study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science says a messy or cluttered work environment can bring forth new ideas and creativity. A cluttered environment may help people think outside the box and come up with fresh new ideas.
Say what? Yep, it’s true!
Two reasons clutter is okay:
1.) As long as it’s not hampering your productivity.
2.) If some of your displays (that could be considered clutter) bring you positive emotions.
If you do have true clutter which are piles that have been there awhile that you aren’t using, don’t need, or make you feel overwhelmed or anxious. You can take some time every day to work on this.
Five reasons your clutter doesn’t have to remain clutter:
1.) Some of your clutter is stuff with out a home. Solution: Find a home for it.
2.) Some of your clutter are things you no longer need or use. Solution: Get rid of it.
3.) Some of your clutter has to do with things you want to do “eventually” or the “unfinished projects for person you want to be someday (those manuals for that real estate test you were going to take, etc.). Solution: Give yourself a deadline to get it done if it’s really important..
4.) Some of your clutter is there because you bought it on sale or it was free. Solution: Resist the temptation and only buy it if you have a home waiting for it.
5.) Some of your clutter is there because you hold onto too many sentimental items. Solution: This is a tough one, so I recommend having a friend help with decision making. Only hold onto what really tugs at your heart. Pass on or donate the items you aren’t attached to.
* If you truly feel overwhelmed and don’t feel you can take care of your clutter situation on your own, please go to to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) website www.napo.net and use their directory to find your local NAPO Organizer or Productivity Professional.