Ask in the New Year; “Why do I really have all this clutter?”

Did you know that January is ‘National Get Organized Month’?


It seems that at the beginning of a new year, many people like to make resolutions such as going on a diet to lose weight, joining a gym to get in shape, getting organized, or going on an on-line dating service to find a partner. And, many people attempt to achieve their goals for a few weeks, but ultimately don’t. Their wholehearted good intentions fizzle out.

Last week the blog post I published on ”Waste Not, Want Not’ in the New Year, emphasized how we tend to hold on to things/stuff that we don’t really need. To take a look at what you can let go of during this ‘National Get Organized Month’.

But, I think the most important thing for you to do before you continue or begin the de-cluttering process, is to figure out why you have so much clutter and disorganization in your home or office.

Is it because you are so busy that you haven’t the time, or you are so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to begin, or you recently experienced an emotionally traumatic incident in your life?  There are a number of reasons in addition to these possibilities why you might hold on to stuff.

 Some other reasons you hesitate to let go might include:

  1. You have ADD, ADHD or OCD and are easily distracted.
  2. You have tried to declutter but failed, so you’ve given up.
  3. You may use it (or read it) someday (chances are you won’t).
  4. You are a perfectionist and think you won’t do it right.
  5. You are so ashamed of your clutter, you can’t even begin.
  6. It was an investment that cost you time and money.
  7. You need extras ‘just in case’.
  8. It’s sentimental to you.

If you have identified with one or more of these reasons, you are not alone. Even I, a professional organizer, keep more than my share of sentimental items, sometimes buy extra things, and get so busy that my clothes pile up on the chair.

Just know that conquering them is doable. By taking the necessary steps to let go on your own, or with the right help from a supportive friend or family member, a therapist or a professional organizer you can begin to let go of your clutter. Letting go will give you peace of mind, more control over your life, and easy access to the things you truly need and use.

I’d love to know what some of your reasons for holding on to stuff are, and what steps you’ll take to let go in this ‘New Year’. 

If you live in the Boston area, and would like a FREE 1/2 hour telephone consultation to discuss your clutter issues, contact me at [email protected]

Ask in the NEW YEAR; “Why do I really have all this clutter?”

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