Have you ever stood at the stove in the middle of making dinner, searching through a kitchen drawer for the one tool you need only to come up empty-handed even though the drawer is packed with stuff?
Or maybe you’ve started a DIY project around the house, certain that you have all the supplies you need somewhere in the garage, only to realize halfway through that you don’t actually have (or can’t find) what you need?
When our homes are so packed with stuff that we lose control, clutter keeps us from knowing what we actually need.
Clutter makes it too hard.
It’s too hard to keep track of what works, what’s broken, what has disappeared into an abyss of stuff. We’re also less likely to take really good care of our things when we have an excess amount of stuff. It might seem counterintuitive, but the more stuff we have, the less we care about (and take care of) that stuff.
When we carefully curate what we allow into our homes, we’re able to keep track of what we have, what we need, where it is, and what condition it’s in—which saves us time and money in the long run.
Three Simple Steps
I know that decluttering your whole home can sound a little bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Progress, not perfection! These are the three steps I like to keep in mind when approaching decluttering:
- Minimize – Put like things together. It’s easier to see how many of something you have when they are all in one spot.
- Eliminate – Consolidate, donate, or toss anything non-essential.
- Organize – When you put it back, organize it and make it pretty!
It’s time to stop letting clutter control us and control our clutter instead.