The Psychology of Clutter
When I started Simply B Organized, almost 10 years ago, I had one very clear mission: to help people reduce clutter by developing systems and strategies to live simply.
10 years later, my mission is still the same, but the landscape of social media has often (indirectly) clouded that message by focusing on things like pinterest-worthy pantries, closets filled with ROYGBIV clothes, and drawers of neatly folded t-shirts.
Don’t get me wrong, I love inspiration photos as much as the next person, but I caution whether the messaging dilutes the WHY.
“WHY did our home get so full of clutter in the first place?”
“WHY do I feel the need hold onto things that I never use?”
“WHY do systems fail when I try to make them work?”
Clutter is a result of BEHAVIOR, and in order to create sustainable change, longer than a photo-op, we need to get to the root of the clutter, so we can begin to change the behavioral patterns that got us there in the first place.
Not as sexy as a photo of a drool-worthy kitchen, right? Sorry, folks.
The good news is that the end result may look like one of those perfectly curated #instagoals photos, but for some it may not.
You may not have the budget to buy hundreds of dollars of acrylic bins, or want to convert all of your hangers to look the same, but make no mistake, that doesn’t exclude you of living an organized life.
Clutter doesn’t discriminate. It’s not limited to people of a certain race, orientation, or socio-economic status. It’s an equal opportunity offender, but you have the power to choose whether you welcome it into your home.
The first step is defining your clutter. In my book, HOT MESS: A Practical Guide to Getting Organized, I talk about the 3 main types of clutter: PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, & CALENDAR, and explain that the first step in eliciting lasting change is to identify what each of these are, and which is your dominant source.
This is the first step in your WHY.
I invite you to take our CLUTTER QUIZ, which will help to determine how you got here in the first place. It’s a tool used to help provide some insight into the triggers that may have impacted your relationship with clutter.
From there, we take a deeper dive into each of the different types, and the unique strategies to help overcome each one.
Tag @simplyborganized #clutterquiz with your results!