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Changing Your Mind About Clutter

CouchThis week I’m going to talk about changing the way you look or think about organizing your life.  I’m very much a “glass is half full” kind of person.  Call it the silver lining or lemonade, whatever it is, it’s looking at the world through new eyes.  Today’s topic is about clutter in your house.

When you look around your house do you see great grandma’s couch?  A good friend’s painting?  Or do you see the couch that doesn’t really go with the room, and a painting that is cluttering up your wall.  You need to change the way you look at the things in your house.  Even things that are sentimental could be keeping your house from running efficiently!  Are you guilty of saying “That item has been in the family for YEARS!”  I’m here to say… SO WHAT!  We had a couch in our house that we hated.  It was my great grandmother’s couch… but no one else in the family wanted it either!  So we got rid of it.  Some people in the family were a little upset, but we said… did you want the couch?  They would say no, so we said then you can’t be upset!  Sometimes it’s hard to let go of sentimental things, but lets look at your clutter another way…

When you reach in the drawer to your kitchen and you end up spending 5 minutes digging through the drawer past a ton of other things that you rarely or don’t use simply because they were wedding presents, you are not being efficient!  That 5 minutes every day can sure add up to a lot of time.  Especially when you add it together with the 5 minutes it takes you to find your keys every day, and the 10 minutes you take to find the match to your shoe… Declutter your house!  Get rid of the things that are keeping you from running every day smoothly, even if those things have sentimental value.  Take a picture of the couch, and move on.  The picture will be there for the sentimental reasons, and you can even store the picture on your hard drive so it takes up even LESS space! 

So today’s mind change is to look at the things in your house as preventing you from running efficently and not as Great Grandma’s Couch.

Written by

Sarah Kimmel, the Organized Mom Find out more on Sarah's Google Profile.

26 thoughts on “Changing Your Mind About Clutter

  1. Love this. I too am a half-full person. There was a time that I grabbed everything my parents would consider giving away…not anymore. I only keep what I use or what has very special memories and doesn’t ‘clog up’ the house. Others I take photos of, write down the memory, add it to a scrapbook, and haul it to Goodwill! Someone else will have far more need for it than I do.

  2. Oh you are funny! Just the other night, at a Superbowl party, I was saying how much I like my little checkbook sized paper calendar I carry…amongst a group of ***berry lovers. They think I’m behind the times too! Maybe someday, I’ll leave the door cracked a little for you! Come on in when you smell the cookies.

  3. Thanks I really needed this article. I will try to present this topic that way to my husband. Well okay it’s my fault too, but we just moved to a smaller place and we are CLUTTERED!

  4. Excellent advice! I can remember being a pack rat and gladly taking free things offered to me from people. It’s like “Yeah! I didn’t have to pay for this!”.

    But there comes a time when you get sick of the needless stuff and you have a revelation of how you want your life to function. Clutter becomes overwhelming and loses its appeal and your desire builds to have simplicity. I’m glad to be progressively clutter-free! :)
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  5. Nice post. I was just looking at our master bedroom the other day and thinking, “This doesn’t really feel like ‘me.’” Then I realized that I have three things hanging on the wall that were given to me, but I’m not too crazy about them. No wonder!

  6. The problem with people who live attached to things or sentimental value is that they never get rid of things because of that attachment. If you don’t need or don’t like that Grandma’s couch, it is time to get rid of it, buy a new one of your own preference and like, change a little bit your home and declutter, you will be happier. You can find decluttering tips that will make you start right away in that tedious task.

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