Feeling overwhelmed by clutter? You’re not alone.
A recent study polling more than 100,000 Americans found that nearly half considered their homes to be filled with items they no longer need, with 1 in 7 stating they have a room that’s out of commission since it’s filled with unnecessary stuff. The study went on to say that “A majority of Americans (72 percent) believe they would gain more space in their homes by purging unused items, but 41 percent of Americans haven't decluttered for over a year.”
In fact, according to Psychology Today, “Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes, our workplaces, and ourselves. Messy homes and work spaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. Yet, rarely is clutter recognized as a significant source of stress in our lives.”
With more and more people feeling overwhelmed by their belongings, it’s no wonder it’s a challenge to purge! Decluttering and re-organizing a home is an important part of a person and family’s overall well being, creating a safe, peaceful place to relax after a long day. The trouble is, it’s difficult to find the time to do so throughout the year, making summer months the ideal season to tackle that mess! Since the kids are home from school and work schedules are more relaxed, the whole family can contribute to the decluttering mission, sorting through each of their own personal belongings to determine what they no longer need.
As a rule of thumb when decluttering, it’s important to ask yourself 3 simple questions.
- Do I genuinely need this? (Have you used the item within the past 3 months, or have a legitimate plan or purpose for it within the next three?)
- If I don’t need this, can someone else make use of it? (Would someone in need find this belonging to be a blessing?)
- If I don’t need this and no one else can use it, why am I holding onto this? (Throw it out!)
Some items, however, are a little more complicated. Seasonal decor or sports equipment take up a lot of space and are only used at specific times throughout the year. For items such as these, consider renting a self-storage unit close to home, allowing you to maximize space within your home for items you do need on a regular basis. Since storage units are climate controlled and under 24/7 security surveillance, you can also utilize them to store collectibles or memorabilia that is important to you and your family.
Remember, once the school season starts and the holidays ensue, more and more items will be making their way into your home. So tackle that clutter before that clutter tackles you!
To your newly spacious home!