If you have furniture that’s lost its purpose or you’re just holding on to it because they were a gift but they don’t add value to your home's functionality, get rid of it. This can be an armchair, bookcase, cabinet, or stool that’s getting in the way and has probably reached the end of its journey in your home. Sell it in your next garage sale, donate it to someone in need of extra furniture, or give it to a carpenter who can repurpose the material and perhaps even mold out a slimmer version of it. We often have the habit of keeping old items as we associate them with memories. Unless you want your future memories to be of you tripping over a decrepit stool every time you cross the living room, better to send it out on its way.
Why Clutter Is a Problem
Clutter may seem like a superficial problem at first, maybe a minor inconvenience. As time goes by and the heap of junk and rubbish stays where it is, you’ll be dealing with a lot more than just a messy room.
Trouble Finding Things
When everything is in disarray it becomes easier to forget where you put something and small items, like keys, phones, wallets, or remotes get tougher to find.
It can even cause you to constantly be running late: imagine you overslept and have to get ready in a handful of minutes. You’re getting dressed, having breakfast, and trying to find your car keys all at the same time. If you have to sift through mounds of loose stuff just to find your keys, you’re more than likely going to end up late.
What seemed like a little bit of manageable clutter you were eventually going to get to may risk tarnishing your professional reputation. This is only one of the many examples of why clutter is a serious problem for your personal, social, and professional life.
Studies have shown that organization and tidiness are more subjective than we think. Different people have their own systems of organization and while one person may feel the need to organize everything down to each pencil, others are perfectly fine with having everything in a big pile.
Regardless of preferences, however, clutter is going to find ways of slowing you down. Even the most sharp-minded individuals with photographic memory will have trouble finding that one important document hiding under the binders, books, and notepads.
Dust, mold, and bacteria like to hide away in the darkest corners. Inside those mugs and empty noodle cups that you leave behind is a potential mess of festering bacteria. Hiding under a scrap newspaper page could be a tiny crumb of cheese you forgot about. Now you may think, that’s not me, or it’s never that bad in my house, but sometimes smaller trails do get left behind even for a day, because, well, we're human.
As things that are forgotten get moldy, they can stink up the entire room. Even not throwing dirty socks in the hamper only overnight can change the smell of a room, especially if ventilation is not performing its best. In these scenarios, even after you clean up the scraps of food or postponed clutter, the smell will take hours to leave the area and will make it hard for you to relax or work in a particular room.
When everything is organized and in its place, you should have no trouble finding and disposing of anything that may spoil and cause unpleasant smells. This is how proper storage can also keep your home in a clean and sanitary state so that when something is out of place it’s too much of an eyesore for you to tolerate it staying out.
Clutter Causes Added Stress
All of the issues above culminate into a single problem that has a major negative impact on pretty much every aspect of your life. With extra clutter and a lack of organization, your time at home is a lot more stressful.
One way or another, we’re all going to face stress in some form. However, a home should be our little refuge from all the troubles we face when outside. By keeping your rooms cluttered, you’re essentially bringing extra stress into your life.
With a few organizational hacks and some easy home storage solutions, you can declutter your home, clear up entire areas of space, and reduce stress. All it takes is a little time, effort, and the following tips.