We all have a personal threshold when it comes to our tolerance for clutter. Some of us feel anxious, stressed and overwhelmed by the smallest amount of clutter, while others dont seem bothered by it, even when its piled up high on the dining room table.
The thing with clutter is that the longer we live with it the more normal it appears, and the less we seem to notice it as clutter. That doesn't mean its not causing us stress!
Here are 5 signs that it may be time to start decluttering
1. Constantly organising your stuff
You seem to be constantly organising your stuff, but your home never seems tidy. Even when you do manage to get it looking reasonably tidy and organised it doesn't stay that way for long. Finding new ways to organise your stuff is not the solution.
2. Avoiding inviting people into your home
Do you avoid inviting friends and family over at all costs, knowing that it would takes hours to get visitor ready ? Are you putting off organising a trade or service you are dying to get in , such as a cleaner or painter, because you are embarrassed about your home.
3. Constantly looking for items you cant find
Is everyone in your house constantly looking for items, do you regularly misplace school books, keys, glasses and other regularly used items? When you have too much stuff its hard to make sure everything has a home, it all just starts piling up and we manage to lose the items we use every day
4. Feeling like you want to avoid home, rather than it being a place to retreat to
Home should be the place we retreat to, rather than feeling like we want to escape from, if you feel like you are avoiding home, its probably time to tackle some clutter.
5. Avoiding or being unable to use certain areas/ rooms
Do you have a spare room filled with junk that you cant even open the door? Do you eat in front the of t.v because the dining room table has too much stuff on it? Can you only use one small section of counter in the kitchen to prepare food, because every other flat surface has piles of stuff stacked high? If you have areas or rooms in your home that you can not use, its time to get rid of some of the stuff.