This may have to do with several factors:
- What the Flylady refers to as CHAOS (can't have anyone over syndrome) and worry about what others would think if they saw the area.
- Clutter overwhelms the senses with visual input, tactile input (feeling things as you look for something) even sounds and smells.
- Clutter represents unfinished business
- Clutter decreases our feelings of pride in our home
- Clutter frustrates us by making it hard to locate items we need when we need them
- Clutter frustrates us by taking up valuable work space such as on a desk or countertop
- Clutter makes finding a space to relax more difficult such as when sitting areas have clutter.
- Clutter causes feelings of anxiety because we don't know how we'll ever get through it all
- Clutter leads to procrastination for the same reason
You Can do Something about it!
- Forgive yourself. Read the UCLA study and know you are not alone, you are probably not the worst hoarder the world has ever known and you're in good company.
- Spend 15 minutes a day to tackle the problem. This prevents overwhelm, you don't need to clear a whole day and have anxiety about weather or not you can do it in a day.
- In that 15 minutes spend 5 minutes taking things out (out of the drawer out of the basket or shelf et c. 5 minutes sorting into the "put away" "throw away" and "give away" bins and then 5 minutes to "put away" everything.
- Don't feel you need to purchase equipment such as shown above. I use a laundry basket for the "put away" a cardboard box for the "give away' and my trash can for the "throw away" it works well, and it's free.
- Take all the clothing in your closet and turn the hangers the "wrong way" whenever you hang something back up put it correctly. This time next year anything hung up "wrong" can be donated to charity.
- If you never use it and it's in the way but you just cannot part with it, stick it in a box with a date 3 months from now or 6 months from now. On that date if the box is still taped up and hasn't been opened, give it away.
- Avoid future clutter, if you love books, get them on Kindle instead of paper. Use a Neat Scanner to tackle paper clutter, and then use the mobile app to keep paper clutter out of your home in the first place. Don't buy it if you don't need to utilize it and when you do make a purchase get rid of the old original item.
- Create zones in your home and create space for what needs to be in that zone. for example the reading Zone should be near a magazine rack, book shelf or just the kindle charger. The cooking Zone should have tools and spices within reach. The meal planning zone should be near the cookbooks or the tools needed for that task.
You can do this