Help!  I have clutter creep.

What’s clutter creep? Is it a new disease? No, well, maybe on some levels it is, but mostly it is a bad habit that unless you take control of it, it could probably spread like wildfire.

So, how do you know if you have clutter creep? Well for me, since I’ve been sheltering in place for the last several weeks, I started to notice I’d leave some clothes on a bedroom chair, I’d leave my shoes in the living room and then at some point, I saw mail starting to pile up on my kitchen counter, not just for one day, but for several days. This is not like me. So it started to bother me that I was I was doing this.

Then by my favorite chair, I would see books piled next to it or magazines and papers. All kinds of dust bunnies, or maybe dust rabbits started to collect in a couple of the corners. So what can I do to stop this? I was afraid that if I didn’t do something soon, it’s was going to definitely get out of control!

I wanted to reach out to you because I created a course around this.  I needed help and I hope that it can help you as well.

If this sounds like you, you know, maybe on some level, we all have clutter creep at this point, or some version of it because we’ve been sheltering in place for quite a few weeks now. Spending this much time in our homes for Americans is probably just not normal. Having a more regulated schedule, or routine, probably on some level kept us organized. Certainly it did for me.

However, when our schedules were suddenly disrupted a number of weeks ago, and we were asked to work from home, or for some of us, to help home school our children and shelter in place, and also stock our refrigerators because we’re going to be eating from home more. No wonder that our lives, and perhaps clutter, has gotten a little bit out of control. Or perhaps we have more time to notice.

Are you noticing just how much stuff you have that maybe you don’t need? Don’t use? Don’t want anymore? I’ve been hearing a lot from my clients who have been spending this time cleaning out closets, cupboards, attics, basements, and they keep saying, “Wait, I had no idea how much stuff I had!” Things that they didn’t want, need or use. So they started to notice and pay attention for the first time, maybe in a long time, just how much they had accumulated – and that’s a good thing.

They also started to question, why did I buy all of this stuff in the first place? Why have I held on to it for so long? Why am I having such a hard time letting go of some of it? What they also notice, though, was how relieved they felt since they did let go, once they did declutter. Once they had less stuff, they finally realized how much clutter contributed to the stress and overwhelm in their life.

Did you know that the average American home has over 300,000 items in it? In a study by the University of California they concluded that’s a lot of stuff.   So, as Americans, we are dueling with clutter, too much stuff in our homes in our lives. It’s impacting our health, our wealth, our well being and our relationships. That the clutter just consumes our lives. It takes our time, our money and our energy to organize it, to manage it.

If you’re experiencing “clutter creep” yourself and if you’re noticing, maybe for the first time in a long time, that is taking over your house, your mind and it’s draining your energy that could you used on something else, you’re not alone. It might also be time to start dealing with it and doing something about it.

That’s why I created this course, and maybe selfishly, because as I shared with you I, too, am experiencing some “clutter creep,” even though I downsized years ago and have far less stuff it still is creeping back into my life. I created a course called the Six Week Decluttering Challenge: Win the Duel With Clutter Get Your Life Back. You’ll learn how to battle the clutter like I am.

It’s just a step at a time. You’ll discern, why did you buy so much in the first place and it’s both a physical and a mental clutter battle that we’re dealing with.  I do hope that it helps you. It certainly is helping me.

I’m right alongside of you doing this, this challenge. When you take the course connect with me on Facebook or LinkedIn, I would love to hear from you what it feels like in your life to live with so much less. Enjoy your day.


Live the life you love… by design,

Rita Wilkins, The Downsizing Designer

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