Clutter clutter everywhere...
Posted on 31st January 2018 at 07:30
As many people may know we rarely watch television. This means that the vast majority of what’s on the “one eyed monster” completely passes us by. So it’s always interesting when people mention the programmes they’ve been watching. And, sometimes, a complete revelation (!).
As so often is the case, several people have mentioned the same programme recently. It’s about people filling their homes with all sorts of hoarded “treasures” and the effect this then has on their lives and relationships. Sadly, many of them are on the verge of losing their homes or relationships, with drastic action being required to remedy the situation.
Thankfully, for most of us, we’re nowhere near that stage. However we do all have “treasures” – or clutter – that we don’t seem to be able to deal with, for whatever reason. Or rehome. Whether that’s on E Bay, a charity shop or the local dump / recycling centre.
In yet another case of serendipity, since hearing about this programme – and probably as it’s the new year – we’ve come across an interesting article about the message clutter is telling you.
Not in the sense of a hint to get your act together and become more organised (!) but in highlighting the area(s) of your life that could do with a little attention. The places where you’ve become a little stuck, for whatever reason. And, as we type this, we can feel some people starting to squirm a little uncomfortably at this suggestion.
So here are a few simple examples – and once you’ve got the idea we’re sure you can then apply it to those particular places clutter can be found in your home.
Here’s an easy one to start with. A cluttered kitchen.
What message do you think it could be trying to tell you?
Well, if you stop to think about what a kitchen is for, it’s all about nourishment. Both in the sense of eating good food, but also in a deeper sense as a place where families get together to talk and connect to each other.
Perhaps life has overtaken you all so that meals are no longer times when the family gets together. Instead it’s all about convenience and speed. Quick meals cooked in the oven – or microwave (!) – as different family members want them and wolfed down before rushing on to something else.
Not surprisingly, as the kitchen is no longer the heart of the home, it’s easy for clutter to continuing building up, with everyone’s attention is focussed on other aspects of their lives. And, as it becomes less welcoming, less time is spent there so more clutter builds up. A downward spiral begins.
Or how about a cluttered living room?
Well, the clue’s in the name. Living. It’s a place where you can relax and enjoy yourself with friends and family. Or perhaps take some time out on your own.
Again, too much clutter stops it from being a relaxing place, but a cramped uncomfortable one. And, looking deeper, it stops you from connecting to those you love. From relaxing and letting your hair down a bit. It’s a hint that you’re not living life to the full or giving yourself – and others – the time they need.
Here’s one that’s all too popular. And falls into the “out of sight, out of mind” category.
A cluttered attic. Any ideas?
Well, it’s all about those things you don’t want to deal with – or let go – and putting them somewhere you can’t see them. Unfortunately, this leaves them literally hanging over your head, like a heavy weight. Or worse.
And closely related to it is the cluttered garage which, ironically, often acts as an overflow for all the things that can’t be put in the attic.
Most garages are used for several different things. A place to park your car. Somewhere to do DIY and other outdoor projects. Storage for those items used outside. Lawnmowers, various tools and the like.
So it has a dual – potentially conflicting – function. Storage and a place to work. As it fills up with clutter it ceases to be a productive and efficient place, but a constricted one. And these feelings of limitation and not being able to do things can quickly spread to other areas of your life.
Now for one that’s less obvious. At least to start with. A cluttered bathroom.
The obvious one is that it’s all about hygiene. But how about looking a bit deeper to your overall health and how you look after yourself more generally? Are you giving yourself the tlc and attention you deserve?
Perhaps the underlying message is all about self esteem or self worth. That you don’t think you’re worth looking after, whether in terms or time or money.
And one more before we go. A cluttered bedroom.
Let’s think about what a bedroom is for. Apart from the obvious – a decent night’s sleep – it’s also about your love life, in the broadest sense. Your relationship with your “significant other” as well as yourself. It’s somewhere relaxing and intimate, where you can feel at peace and let your defences down.
But clutter stops all of this. Prevents you from making these connections, from getting the rest and relaxation we all need.
And, as an aside, can you now see why making a corner of the bedroom into a home office is such a disaster in every sense? Talk about sending conflicting messages.
Leaving aside all the time wasted by searching through clutter for what you actually want, at the very least, it indicates an area that’s not a priority for you, for whatever reason. The question to ask is why not? And the place the clutter is found in can give an easy clue to the answer.
The good news is that, as soon as you start dealing with the clutter, everything changes. Space is cleared for energy to start moving again and you feel better for having done something about it. It’s also incredibly satisfying to do and, once you’ve made one small change, others easily follow. In fact we’ve heard many people say that decluttering can be quite addictive (!). You have been warned!
As always, the choice is yours.
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