Do you ever ask yourself, “Do I have too much stuff?”
It’s a struggle for us all. We are surrounded by materialistic items everywhere we go and a constant temptation to have them. Often times, we think “Oh, I’ll find a place and a use for that” and then it ends up in a pile on your counter, table, or in a junk drawer.
Making a habit of this process can lead to an unnecessary amount of clutter in your home, garage, or basement. Having an array of stuff can cause one to quickly become disorganized, and that can be overwhelming. You can take advantage of your garage and add some real space for your home, but you need a functioning garage door to be able to move things freely and take them out whenever you need to, so if yours is a bit faulty you may want to consider getting a garage door repair with the help of a garage door repair specialist. In addition, having a well functioning garage that is maintained by a trusted garage door repair expert, will add value to your house and ensure the safety of everyone.
According to Psychology Today, “Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli (visual, olfactory, tactile), causing our senses to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important.”
Longing to be more organized can make us feel guilty or feel embarrassed, especially when we have friends who like to drop by spontaneously.
How can you fix this? How can you make your space cleaner and more in order?
The answer is easy: you simply do not need very many things to live.
Besides, the best moments in your life can’t be bought on a shelf or online. The experiences you have and the people you spend them with is what truly matters.
When going through your things, ask yourself this: “How does this benefit me?” Only keep things will enhance your life, and not just become a hassle that you find yourself moving out of the way every day. Make sure to think about this with every item. I know that this is easier said than done, and may take some time, but believe me, it’s worth it. This way, you won’t have duplicates of items when you repurchase something you believed was misplaced. Also, by zeroing in on each item, you can maybe remember when and why you got, and that can help you figure out if you should keep it or not.
After weeding out what you want to keep, make sure that everything you own has a place in your space. It looks better.
Another helpful tip: when you use something, put it away when you’re done. That way you’re not looking for your keys five minutes before you are supposed to be in class (trust me, I’ve been there).
Next time you’re out shopping and something catches your eye, stop and think, “What can I use this for? If I can use it, is it in good shape? Where will it go? Will it help me in the long run?”
When you no longer feel you can put something to use, either donate it or throw it away, depending on the quality.
I find that if you have less clutter in your home, you have less clutter in your mind. Not having to keep track of many belongings and not having to deep clean very often can help you focus on yourself, your career, your friends, and your family–the things in life that don’t have a price tag.