Common Types of Emotional Clutter — And How to Clear Them From Your Home
Real Simple Magazine recently put out an interesting article which resonates so much with my clients. When you have a lot going on in your life/in your head, your home usually reflects the lack of serenity with your life at the present time.
You might be holding onto items that remind you of more pleasant times when life was simpler — eg. when you were a child or young adult and didn’t have the responsibilities, physique or energy you have now.
The 4 types include:
Nostalgic Clutter: These items will free up space when decluttered as they really don’t serve any purpose in your present life.
Gifts you can’t let go of: You might need the guidance of a Professional Organizer to help you get over the guilt about items you don’t need, use, or love. And when you give to charity, someone will value your discards!
Your kids’ stuff (especially artwork): The article doesn’t suggest this but consider making Shutterfly books with pictures of your children’s artwork. They might get a kick out of seeing what they did when they were in grammar school but realize it’s really for you (the mom and dad.)
Aspirational Clutter: This tip takes getting realistic about your projects and hobbies. Are you really going to learn to play the guitar or take up knitting? If you purge the items, you can always borrow, buy, trade, acquire them when “someday” becomes now!
4 Common Types of Emotional Clutter — And How to Clear It From Your Home