Thanks to a world of storage units, bigger houses, and Rubbermaid we are no longer forced to deal with our clutter. We have countless options for storing it and holding onto it for years and years to come. You can organize it into color coded bins, baskets, and well packed boxes but it’s still clutter.
The main problem with storing clutter instead of eliminating it is hidden clutter is one of the hardest types of clutter to deal with.
Once it’s out of sight, it’s far to easy to ignore it. “Out of sight, out of mind” as the saying goes.
Yet it’s not completely out of our minds, is it? When you have a hidden clutter issue, you’ll have these random thoughts or pangs of guilt that rise to the surface.
Something like, “Ugh, I really need to clean out the garage this weekend.” or “Wow, I didn’t remember the basement looking this bad.”
If you’re dumping money down the drain on a storage unit like we did for years, you kick yourself every month you send in that payment.
The Secret to Clearing Hidden Clutter
So what’s the secret to eliminating your hidden clutter problem?
Bring your hidden clutter into the light and deal with it NOW.
Don’t let it continue to hide. Hidden clutter gets its power by staying hidden.
When you don’t see your clutter for long periods of time, it will convince you it is:
1) Important Stuff You Need to Hold Onto
2) An Overwhelmingly Huge Job You Don’t Have Time For
The good news is that is often not the case at all. Just dive in and tackle one box at a time. You’ll feel great at the progress you make and realize you’re holding onto a lot of things you don’t need.
When we FINALLY got rid of our three storage units, most of what was in it was pointless junk. We donated and trashed about three-fourths of it all. We brought a huge pile of boxes into the garage and just opened one at a time until I was done. It didn’t feel great at the time, but it sure felt good when we were done!
You can do it too! Did you feel that guilt rising up inside you the last time you saw your attic? Do you avoid your basement at all costs? Are there just way too many cute baskets and bins around your house full of things you hardly ever touch?
Where is your hidden clutter?
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