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Myth #1: I Need Containers So I Can Start to Declutter

The reality is….

This is an example of putting the cart before the …horse. Rarely do I recommend purchasing containers for a client without first diving into at least a macro decluttering front end process. You want to see what you have at the end of a good healthy prune so you know what it is you need to “contain.”

 

Myth #2: I Can’t Get Rid Of Anything I May Need One Day

The reality is…

Yes you might prune something and then later need/want it – that part is true. But the implied myth is that you’ll somehow fall apart if that happens. Guess what – …you won’t. You may have to buy it again – a small expense compared to the sanity of getting rid of chaos and clutter. Or you’ll do without it – again, a minor inconvenience compared to a clutter-free life. Each item will dictate it’s own necessity.

 

Myth #3: All My Clutter Must Go To The Perfect Place

The reality is…

If you’re drowning in stuff and it’s costing you happy relationships and mental & physical health, then the perfect place for your clutter is anywhere outside your life. If your stuff is worth money, and you can list it online or organize a garage sale, then do that. If your stuff is in good condition then take it to your local  thrift store. But if you’re struggling and all you can manage is to toss it out, then do that. Next time you’ll do better.

 

Myth #4: One Day I’ll Fix It/Fit Into It/Want To Use It

The reality is…

Life is busy and you’ll probably never fix it. If you lose weight & the budget permits, you can treat yourself to cute new outfits that are fresh and modern. If you haven’t wanted to use it for ages then you’ve likely moved on. Seriously, life is short. Move on. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Myth #5: I Have To Keep It Because It Was A Gift

The reality is…

For most givers it’s the giving, not the gift, that matters. People give you a gift to represent that they care for you. Appreciate the gesture, but don’t feel pressured to keep the thing. If you don’t love it and won’t wear/use/enjoy it, then let go of unloved gifts.

 

Myth #6: I Need It To Stay Connected To The Past

The reality is…

For the mementos and keepsakes that have the most meaning, or best represent your memories, create memory/keepsake boxes. Their limited size means you’ll have to keep curating the most precious items if you want to add more. For other stuff, recognize that you may be letting your past crowd out your present. Choose to embrace today and let the past have a special, but not overwhelming, place in your life.

 

Myth #7: I Need To Get Organized Before I Can Declutter

The reality is…

It’s far easier to get organized and stay organized when you have less stuff. Decluttering is always the first ACTION step in home organizing programs. Once you’ve gotten rid of what you don’t need, you have more space for organizing the things you decide to keep. And more space makes organizing more enjoyable and easy.