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There has been so much scientific evidence showing the link between clutter and stress. Well, maybe you know that you are feeling stressed because of the clutter but at the same time, you just can’t seem to get yourself out of it! Well, there are three main reasons why you can’t let go of stuff and you’re not alone. Let’s break down the three biggest struggles people face and how you can overcome them.
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When clutter piles up over years and years, the feeling that you can conquer it slowly fades.
It’s hard to even know where to start when there is just so. much. stuff.
While facing a lot of damage done by clutter is definitely a struggle, more often than not, your brain is playing a bigger role than the clutter itself.
In situations like this, I am a big fan of the book, The Five Second Rule. Check out the YouTube video below where author Mel Robbins. She dives into the fact that when it comes to making major changes in your life, you are never going to want to do it.
Just do it. As soon as you think, “I have got to do something about all of this stuff.” Get up, get off your butt and just…start. Grab a garbage bag and start going through just the garbage. Anything that can be thrown away.
From there, grab another bag and begin putting in things to donate.
It doesn’t matter how you start, where you start or how much you get done, but there are some strategies that are going to work better to help get you farther:
The biggest thing that will stop you from success is if you start getting in your own head thinking that it’s just too much. I promise, if you get started there will be less and less to deal with!
Helpful posts for decluttering and organizing:
Ahhh that good ‘ol “What if…” This is something we just all around don’t need in any part of our lives.
Spending our time pondering what could have been or what might be is a good waste of the time we have right now.
The “what ifs” pop up a lot when it comes to downsizing and decluttering our things. They are a major struggle when it comes to why you can’t let go of stuff in your house.
The “what ifs” are probably the biggest struggle for most people. What ifs can be an endless battle.
There are so many great decluttering methods that allow you to just “test out” what you need and what you don’t. A good majority of them focus on closets and clothing, but you can easily put the practice to work in many areas of your home.
Tips for “what ifs” in the closet:
With these methods, you aren’t letting go of your stuff right away. What it does is allow you to be intentional about paying attention to what you really use and what you don’t.
There are definitely things we need in life. Food, shelter, love, purpose.
The thing is, all these important things can easily be taken away because we wind up spending our money and time on things we think we need, but actually don’t. Even our life’s purpose can be snatched away from us without us even knowing it.
This strong desire of feeling like we need something, whether it be the latest technology, best fashion or a cheeseburger at midnight all come from a deeper feeling of not being complete.
Take it from a former shopaholic, consuming things eventually stops bringing joy. You are left with that same empty feeling and a little less money in the bank.
But a funny thing happens when you work through the clutter; you have more space to breathe, more time to prioritize your life and you start to figure out just who you really are.
Clean spaces can literally be life transforming.
There are two foolproof methods for beginning to let go of that feeling that you need more in your life:
I know being surrounded by clutter and chaos can make you just want to pull the covers over your head and go back to sleep, but trust me, you won’t get anywhere if you do that.
I once helped a friend declutter her house. I went through and helped donated, downsized and do away with all the unnecessary. The next week she told me she was feeling great. She was walking her dog every day, sometimes a few miles. Her spirits were lifted and she felt “lighter.”
We don’t always realize just how much damage clutter can do to our day to day lives, but I promise if you take it one step at a time, you will start to see and feel a positive change.