Clutter

You Get 5 Extra Benefits When You Banish Clutter

You Get 5 Extra Benefits When You Banish Clutter

Another day’s finally over, and you’re home.

You just want to sit on the couch, turn on Netflix, and have the evening to yourself.

But the sink’s full of dishes. The table’s stacked with mail. You have stuff that collects in various places that never seem to get used.

It’s a struggle keeping on top of the house work. It feels like extra things to do on top of everything else happening today.

If you only had a magic wand you could wave to put everything away in a flash. You’re definitely too tired to do it now.

Maybe this weekend. You’ll have more time then.

Well, that’s what you said last weekend, right? And the weekend before that.

Or you might have cleaned up a bit before, and it felt easier just to give up. It’s not like the clutter’s so bad anyway.

But what if I tell you decluttering can change your life for the better? And I’m not only talking about having more space.

Here are 5 great things that naturally happened when I decluttered (that can happen for you too!)

Why Clutter Stops You From Focusing On Life

Why Clutter Stops You From Focusing On Life

Someone stuffed my head with straw this week.

Like the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, I've spaced out at the wrong times and seem to be looking at the world through a fog.

It's No Mess Monday next week, I thought to myself. How can I write an update when my focus is shot?

I'd made progress with my hoarding habit (*hint hint* my closet) but hadn't done any decluttering in the last few weeks.

I felt stuck. I needed my head unstuffed so I could clean house and write about it.

So I Googled ways to get my act together and guess what I found?

Overwhelmed With Clutter? Get Unstuck With These 8 Hacks

Overwhelmed With Clutter? Get Unstuck With These 8 Hacks

I stood in front of piles of stuff last week and sighed.

It was almost two months after revealing my hoarding habit but there was still a lot to get done. I'd tackled the closet last month but I hadn't done very much since then.

Why did I buy this?

Where will I put that?

Where do I start?

I'd frozen up, overwhelmed by all the things.

Have you ever felt that way?

Somehow you know you have to tidy everything but after a full day, you just want to curl up in bed.

You want a space that feels right but you dread going through it all.

You're getting too tired to keep at it. Stuff will just pile up again anyway.

So you try the same old advice.

You know what I mean...

  • separate stuff in keep, toss, and maybe piles
  • get rid of stuff you haven't used in a year
  • install shelves, hooks, or storage containers for extra space

We all know them because they're proven to work.

But sometimes, these tricks don't seem to solve the overwhelm. You need some new strategies to pull you out of the limbo you're in.

This No Mess Monday, I share the hacks I used to get rid of that nervous feeling and fight back.

You've probably never heard of these tips before. (And if you have, give a shout out in the comments!)

Let's get started...

How To Conquer Your Closet In 7 Proven Steps

How To Conquer Your Closet In 7 Proven Steps

Picture your closet and what's in it.

Is it packed with clothes that you don't wear? Is it so full you have to remove a pile of them to get to the stuff at the bottom? Is it hard to pick what to wear in the morning?

I was right where you are, my friend.

Yep, I said was.

I cleaned it up just in time for No Mess Monday, the series I'm posting every last Monday of the month on killing my hoarding habit.

I'll walk you through what worked for me step by step so you can cut the fluff from your closet too.

An Honest Look At My Hoarding Habit

An Honest Look At My Hoarding Habit

I was looking for my weird earring the other day.

It was a souvenir from my trip to Seoul earlier this month; a 4-inch-long beaded wire with clay figures of random animals and a big royal blue tassel. Or as my friends described it: weird.

Here I am wearing it weeks ago with joy.

I wanted to wear it with joy again last weekend but I couldn't find it.

I haven't been able to find lots of things lately, which shouldn't be surprising as I live in a never-ending episode of Hoarders.

It's pretty ugly.