There is so much talk these days about clutter. We all have extra stuff and we all know deep in our hearts that we need far less than what we have.
Clutter has a way of creeping into our lives – a gift here, a treat there, buy one get one free, promotional items – and staying there. Clutter is on our shelves, in boxes, most definitely in storage and it is a great invader. It cuts into time spent with family and friends, it takes time away from cooking at home and it clings to our emotional energy, pulling us down.
Too much clutter creates stress. So, why are we buying it all – box, organizer and sinker?
Imagine if you had to carry, like a snail, everything you owned on your back. Your clothes, your books, your coffee pot and laptop. Hard to picture, isn’t it?
For two years now we have done it, carried all that we own on our backs.
When we moved from Hungary to Scotland we had just one backpack and one bag, plus our daughter in her mei tai. We gave up our cosy homestead to travel and work abroad with the hopes of finding a certain freedom, which we found, but it turned out to be something that we weren’t exactly looking for.
For a long eight years on the farm we managed to mostly avoid consumerism, buying firewood and food, sewing clothes for our daughter, spinning wool and preserving jam… then were brought back into the thick of it when we moved to England. Charity shops up and down the High Street, out for coffee and a gluten-free cake, taking a walk in town just for something to do.
With a pinch of extra income, little luxuries have the tendency to become commonplace and boredom often contributes to spontaneous purchases.
But we don’t need to keep buying things to contribute to our happiness. In fact, it is the other way around. We need to get rid of the things that weigh us down, in order to be grateful for the few(er) things that we have.
When we begin to unclutter our lives, closet by closet, room by room, we find that the spaces we create will unfold into far greater places of positive energy.
With openness on our walls we can open our hearts to each other, celebrating life in a way that promotes sharing, whilst cultivating a sense of noble simplicity.
Start with the obvious and pick a cluttered room in your home that bothers you the most. It may be the kitchen with many gadgets or the living room full of toys and extra laundry. Take time to discover the emotions you feel from sitting alone in a room full of stuff.
Does everything you own bring a sense of peace?
Are there things you could live without?
Can you live with the many things you do not need?
Those things you do not need are clutter. Those are the blockages in your life.
There is more than one way to start uncluttering your life, in fact there are many. And take time it does. Uncluttering is a multi-step process with some quick rewards, but to not let the clutter seep back in is a harder habit to break.
If you are ready to unclutter your life at a quicker pace, with expert advice and gentle encouragement on the side, then I am here to hold your virtual hand.
And now for the giveaway!
If you are serious about uncluttering your life and your home before the holidays (and keeping it that way!), then 30 days of virtual uncluttering service is up for grabs. Get rid of clutter with helpful hands from far away and enjoy the home hidden beneath your belongings.
If you prefer help with uncluttering your home room by room, you can find my unclutter coaching services here. For a limited time – till the end of October – you can get 50% off all coaching packages in our Etsy shop with coupon code: unclutter
To enter the giveaway please leave a comment below answering the following question – What cluttered area do you struggle with the most?
Two winners will be chosen at random on Friday, October 7th, 2016 and contacted by email shortly thereafter to start a month long uncluttering session!
Update: Winners have been chosen and notified!