Overwhelmed by Clutter? Here’s 4 Ways to Handle It

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As more and more people become overwhelmed by clutter, the philosophy of minimalism continues to rise.

People everywhere are embracing it by decluttering their homes and lives.

It’s appealing to consider simplifying your life by getting rid of unnecessary physical possessions and concentrating instead on the experiences that bring fulfillment, right?

It definitely was for me. But I can’t speak for everyone. In fact, that is exactly why I created this Blog. To help moms minimize the everyday chaos.

Unfortunately, for many moms, the actual process of lessening their load can be daunting, especially if they’ve accumulated years of stuff all in one place.

Are you overwhelmed by clutter?

If you answered yes, then you are in the right place!

But first lets take a look at why we get overwhelmed by clutter.

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Why We Get Overwhelmed by Clutter

Before we know it clutter can build up and we have more stuff than we know what to do with.

Here are some reasons clutter builds up:

  • Our kids give us things they made for us
  • Straight A Report Cards that we are proud of
  • We inherit things sometimes things that have been in the family for centuries
  • We don’t put things back in their place
  • We can’t find something so we buy another

These are just some of many examples of why we quickly become overwhelmed by clutter.

Let’s make things more manageable and take a look at some specific ideas for how to handle being overwhelmed by clutter.

Know Your Why

In the field of multi-level marketing, the phrase, “Know your why,” is used as a motivator to remind associates of the reasons they went into business for themselves in the first place.

This same concept is essential for keeping you on-task when the decluttering process becomes difficult.

Understanding your reasons for wanting to live a minimalist lifestyle is crucial to your success.

Whether it is losing weight, buying anew home, or living a minimalist lifestyle we all have a why.

For me my “why” is to spend more time with my family. I also want to home school my son next year.

But if I was too busy cleaning, looking for things, or dealing with constant clutter it would distract me from getting any work done.

And if I can’t get work done then I can’t stay home and home school my son.

The same goes for our family outings that we love so much!

We wouldn’t be able to afford the trips, random movie dates, or family dinners at our favorite restaurants if we didn’t live a minimalist lifestyle.

Some people love things. I love time.

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Set Aside Time

The first step to getting a handle on your feelings about decluttering is to understand that nothing needs to be accomplished overnight.

Set aside a general amount of time for the project, knowing that your timeline can be extended slightly, if necessary.

Having a time frame provides structure, but allowing wiggle room takes away the pressure.

You might also find that setting aside time for each room works best. Just the other day I got an email that a reader wants to declutter her entire home by July.

However, what works for me might not work for the next person. One thing that does work though is we all need to set aside some time.

Whether you like to get it all done at once like me or you need to break it up , setting aside time will save you stress and unnecessary overwhelm.

Make a Plan

Having a plan is essential to the smooth completion of any goal you hope to accomplish.

It only makes sense that mapping out your steps to decluttering would also be beneficial.

Write down things like the order you wish to tackle your clutter, how many rooms or areas you would like to complete each week, the manner in which you want to sell valuable items and where you will donate the rest.

This proactive step can go a long way toward making it all seem more manageable.

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Visualize Your Ideal Space

One more thing to do before actually getting down to the business of decluttering is to form an idea in your head of how you’d like your finished space to look.

It may even help to jot down some drawings and notes.

Doing so will help you decide what to keep and what to discard because you will have a better idea of whether a particular item will complement your vision.

It’s true that the hardest part is often actually getting started.

Now that you know some concrete ways to manage the overwhelm of decluttering, hopefully, you’re feeling energized to begin.

Final thoughts on why we get overwhelmed by clutter

When there is a lot of something to do or deal with our minds tend to get overwhelmed with many thoughts. For me if I have a lot to do and I don’t have a plan I instantly become overwhelmed by the clutter in front of me.

And it doesn’t always have to be physical clutter either. For example earlier I sat down at my desk and tempted to make a plan for the next week.

Unfortunately I became overwhelmed and was ready to walk away. This exact same thing happens when you try to clear the clutter from your home. Especially if you have a lot of it.

It is easier to just walk away, right?

Instead of walking away, try and take a deep breath. And then just start.

It doesn’t matter where just start. Even if you pick up a shirt from the floor and make a decision of whether to keep it or toss it that was a step forward. Just keep going!

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