A few months ago I wrote a post, Clutter In Your Space Clutters Your Mind. My intention was to alert you to the importance of having what I call a “No Clutter Zone” in your homespace. It is intriguing to psychoanalyze why we have clutter in our homes, particularly when it appears in very specific areas.
And as I wrote in my recent spring post, Spring: A Season Of New Beginnings, spring is a wonderful time of year for new beginnings both in the structural home you live in and in the personal HOME that is uniquely you. The tradition of spring-cleaning is one great way to refresh and renew your space while also decluttering it of all the things keeping your space from being truly beautiful. So with that in mind, I am reprinting parts of my original post on clutter.
Reasons for clutter
I think the reasons people have clutter in their homes are usually for one of the following:
- Lack of proper storage space
- Life changes such as a move, a new baby or anything that throws life out of whack
- Poor time/life management skills
- Psychological issues such as depression, family dysfunction, low self-esteem, poor personal boundaries and even attention deficit disorder
I call the first three of these reasons “temporary clutter”. In other words, all three are easy to fix with a little effort and determination. Still, clutter is clutter, which can be unsettling to your mind. My recommendation to you if your homespace is cluttered for any of these reasons is to find simple solutions for them. Your stress will decrease, your feel good vibes will increase and your space will become truly beautiful! I guarantee it.
Now, the fourth reason – that’s a tough one. It takes a lot of work to rid your homespace of clutter if there are psychological components to it. Mind you, I’m not talking about the extreme of hoarding here. That’s a whole other ball of wax. I’m talking about routine clutter that detracts and distracts from your sanctuary – the place you call HOME.
The psychology of clutter
Here’s a list of some of the spaces in your home where clutter accumulates and what the clutter there might symbolize:
Kitchen – Difficulty with emotional nourishment for yourself or others
Main Living Space – Feelings of isolation
Hallways – Obstacles in your life
Bedroom – Distancing from partner and/or intimacy with others
Bathroom – Low self-esteem
Closets – Hidden Issues
Basement – Ignored Issues
Garage – Confusion about direction in your life
Exterior and yard – Low self-worth and a sense of giving up
Anyone find the symbolism of clutter in these spaces thought provoking? I certainly do.
After the first printing of my post on clutter, it was fun to hear from readers and friends about the state of their own homes and what they planned to do about it. One dear friend, Jolie even decided to tackle her office and do some necessary decluttering there after reading my post. She told me that it felt wonderful to remove over seven boxes of files and paperwork and send it all to the shredder. Imagine- she discarded seven boxes of paperwork just cluttering up her space! As all things go, it propelled her to continue the decluttering in other areas of her space as well. That domino thing you know…
Every homespace should reflect the best of those that dwell within it. So, if spaces within your home suffer from constant clutter, look inside (both your inner self and your home) and get to work. Honor yourself this spring with actively participating in decluttering your space. It will put you on the road to a whole new you.
To a no clutter zone…