The Top 5 Reasons Why Your House is Still Cluttered
Are you looking at your house and wondering why it’s still cluttered? Didn’t it seem that you just cleaned and decluttered a ton of stuff?! Organizing can only go so far, and decluttering doesn’t always work. In today’s article, we’re diving into the top 5 reasons why your house is still cluttered & how to fix it!
In a time where everything is at our fingertips and available next day, it’s easy to accumulate things that were spur of the moment impulses. In the recent years, there has been almost a reclamation of space through minimalism, decluttering, KonMari, and organizing to combat these years of instant impulses.
As these white-space movements grow and become more popular, many of the people who practice them end up in the same cluttered spot they were in just a few months later.
When decluttering doesn’t stick, this leads to habitual decluttering time and time again. Kind of on the same line as Einstein’s statement of “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
That same cycle that you’ve been stuck in? We’re going to look at what’s really holding you back & why your house is still cluttered.
If you’re consumed by habitual decluttering, you know that it is a very maddening experience. Clear all of the clutter out, and a few months later, it’s back and somehow bigger than before.
There are a few main reasons why decluttering doesn’t always stick, but the good news is that there’s hope to have a decluttered house. There’s just another method to practice!
Fear of Missing Out
For this type of decluttering blunder, some feel this intense urge to get something before it goes away. We’ve been so programmed to act fast, act now, that we become ingrained with this type of thinking in all decisions.
After a huge decluttering spree, the FOMO crowd is usually still stuck with the “now, now, now” habits that they had before the decluttering. This fear of missing out on something pushes them to restock those shelves and end up back where they started.
By slowing down that decision time and not feeding into the “now” habit, those with FOMO can make their decluttering sessions last. Allowing yourself a day to make a purchase-decision is a great way to start a new habit towards a less cluttered house for the FOMO crowd.
When you’re in a home with more than one other person, your house tends to be pulled in a lot of different directions in terms of clutter.
Sometimes it’s kids who are the clutter-zones, while it can be your spouse, or maybe even a clutter-loving roommate!
Although we can’t change other people’s habits, we can set boundaries in terms of common areas. If you’re suffocated by living room clutter, pick which items are constantly making their way there.
Are they toys? Are they magazines? If there’s a common denominator sometimes they need to be relocated to a better spot. Having that conversation helps and you’ll start to notice little by little that the clutter diminishes when it’s time to clean.
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Change & Transitional Period
Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s just a rough patch in our lives that clutter just happens. Maybe it’s seasonal, or maybe it’s just a new routine, but sometimes clutter just comes with this shift.
Usually, this change is something that ripples throughout our life and it can manifest as clutter. Other times, our energy is just spent in other aspects of our lives where the things just accumulate and become unorganized.
During these hectic times, allow yourself to set some non-negotiables to cut down on what you can let slid and what you want to keep organized no matter what. A while back, I read about a mom whose nonnegotiable was clean sinks every day. Each day she would wipe out the sink and that was her non-negotiable for cleanliness.
For decluttering and organization, pick one thing that you’re going to keep organized no matter what happens. Be it a room, a drawer, a closet, something that you’re going to keep decluttered no matter what.
This is something that I rarely see talked about, but it’s one of the most common reasons why people end up with more stuff after their decluttering spree.
There’s nothing wrong with collecting. People collect books (guilty!), people collect clothes, all of these collections are great to have if they’re not negatively affecting you. But it becomes a problem when everything becomes a collection.
If you’re collecting similar items out of habit, this cycle continues to other aspects that leads to more clutter. To more habitual decluttering.
There’s definitely a tether between collecting and FOMO. And similarly, the answer lies with breaking the habit that leads up to collecting clutter.
Find if there’s a common theme to what tends to clutter up the most. If there’s a huge collection that’s become the elephant in the room, asking yourself what would happen if you didn’t have it. Or what would happen if you only had certain things.
Reaching the point of “enough” is difficult, but attainable. The easiest way to get there is asking yourself “what if” and playing devil’s advocate. What if you didn’t get it? What would happen if…
Ah, sometimes it’s just good ol’ short-sightedness as to why decluttering doesn’t stick.
When your goal isn’t clear, it’s very unlikely that you’ll hit anything close to what you kind of had a picture of. Before you begin your decluttering, sit down and really map out what you want to accomplish.
Of course you want a clean, organized house, but what does that look like in a month? Does it affect your daily routine if you move around things or get rid of something?
Mapping out milestones of a day, week, month, and a year help to solidify what your decluttering now will be primarily focused on.
When you're decluttering, establish a vision for the long term and how your life looks in that very moment.
If you’re looking for real solutions to clutter and organization, be sure to check out the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series!
Each room is a deep dive to get you at a solid foundation for starting a new routine to stop those bad habits from keeping you from being clutter free.
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The schedule of this series is completely up to you. You can start with one room and move through every day for a week, or you can go through at your own crossing one item off your list at your own pace. It’s completely up to you.
The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series is all about finding the right balance for you, your family, and your schedule.
So many times, I spent following tutorials and finding out they just didn’t work for my own schedule. In this series, I wanted something to be diverse and inclusive enough to help others who didn’t have an entire day to declutter and organize.
Each room breaks down bit by bit what it takes to starts a new routine and builds on sustainable habits for maintaining an organized and clutter free home.
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