Clutter is something that wastes our time, money and effort. We all know that clutter can destroy the way we work and the way we perceive our day. Having a clean and clutter-free space increases productivity and also it allows you to become positive in work.
Letting go of things is really hard and I understand that the process of overcoming the emotional attachment requires time and the willingness to let go.
Why do people refuse to declutter or let go?
The main reason why people refuse to declutter is because they hold emotional attachment to the things they own. They see these things as important and is a part of what they think is a treasure. We treasure memories and thus if a certain object possess that quality hence we try to hold on to them. I suggest if there is a sentimental value on a specific object, take a photograph of it. It will reduce the space and it will help you clean and organize as well.
Another reason why people refuse to declutter is because of fear. Yes, we fear that we might need them sooner or later. We think that if we let go and clean up we might lose something that is important. But to be honest, we only need 5% of what we are hanging on to. The trick is that we do not know which items will be the 5% and so we hang on to 100% of the clutter. I recommend that we let go of 100% and if you need that 5% later, realize that another one is still obtainable, by purchase or borrow.
So if you need more time back and want to regain control of your space, recognize the emotions that are confining your battle against your clutter, schedule a time on your calendar to confront them and challenge yourself to overcome them with these new ideas.
Elaine Fernando is a Professional Organizer, a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and a member of APPO (Association of Personal Photo Organizers). Elaine may be reached at 908-630-8995 or firstname.lastname@example.org