Sometimes we have clutter in our life and we don’t even realize it.
So today, I want to talk to you about 6 types of clutter that you may have in your life, and what to do about it :
- Bargain clutter. You are buying things/stuff just because they are on sale, even though you know you don’t need them. You justify buying those things by saying “it was on sale, it’s a bargain !”. I have been guilty of this one in the past, because I didn’t have a lot of money and I would go shopping during sales and buy random things on the clearance shelf.
What can you do about it ? It’s all about discipline. When you feel the urge to buy something because it is on sale, try asking yourself those questions : Do I want to buy it because it is on sale or because I really need it ? If it wasn’t on sale, would I still buy it ?
And what about the item that I already have ? Try donating or selling them, they are cluttering your space if you are not getting any use out of them.
- Expensive stuff clutter. You don’t use those items, and you keep telling yourself “I spend so much money on this, I can’t/don’t want to get rid of it”. Maybe they are clothes you bought years ago, but because of the price you paid, you don’t want to let them go. Everything depreciate with time. The shirt you bought 150€ ten years ago won’t be worth 150€ today, that’s for sure. If you haven’t used it for years and it is still in great condition, try selling it, to make some money back. You can always donate them to your local charity shop.
- “Fantasy self” clutter. Those are the things you bought because of your fantasy self. Maybe you are dreaming of going camping one day, so you went to the outdoor shop and bought a tent and a sleeping bag, but in fact, it’s been sitting in your closet for ages and your are not using it. It is time to break up with your fantasy self and let those items go.
- Emotional clutter. It might be one of the hardest type of clutter to part with, but it is an important one. Emotional clutter is all about negative emotions you have been holding on from old relationships, family situations. You can let them go by writing them down, or by saying things out loud, going outside in the forest and yelling… it’s up to you to find the best way to do it 🙂
- Sentimental clutter. Don’t try to declutter your life by starting with sentimental items, or you will probably feel overwhelmed quickly. Those items are the one that reminds you of memories, and which can bring back some nostalgia too. They no longer spark joy or add value to your life. Letting go of those items doesn’t mean you are getting rid of the memories, you just don’t need the physical item to remember those moments of your life. If you want, you can also take a picture of the item before letting it go, and then store them digitally.
I have definitely gotten rid of sentimental items that didn’t spark joy anymore.
- Behavioral clutter. This is all the habits you have developed that make your space look/feel cluttered. examples : everytime you come home, you don’t hang up your jacket, you don’t put your shoes away in a closet, you live out of your laundry basket, you don’t sort your mail each time it comes and then you end up with a cluttered space. The only thing you can do about it is to break those habits. I found that always having a clutter-free space helps me create and reduce my anxiety level.
Thanks to the video of Ronald L. Banks for the inspiration 🙂