By Rita Wilkins
The Downsizing Designer

If you look around your house right now, is it filled with clutter?

Clutter is that daily reminder that you probably own too much stuff and that slowly but surely, it is overtaking your house…and your life.

There’s the obvious clutter

  • The dirty dishes on the kitchen table or in the sink.
  • The toys and video games left sitting on the floor.
  • The clothes still sitting on your chair from last week.

Then, there’s the clutter that is not so obvious

  • It lurks behind cabinet doors.
  • It’s hidden away in plastic storage bins.
  • It sits in file boxes on the floor of your basement.

Regardless of whether your clutter is obvious and in plain sight or whether it is hidden and you’ve become blind to it even being there…

Clutter is clutter!

Too much stuff is too much stuff!


One way or another, clutter is impacting your life.

Here’s how…

1.   Clutter steals your time

It takes time from things you’d rather be doing. Every time you have to spend a few minutes looking for your keys, your phone, your glasses, or the remote, not being able to find what you want when you need it is stealing time from your life.

Clutter is the boss of you.

2.    Clutter impacts your well-being and your relationships

Too much clutter is stressful, it’s overwhelming, and it’s exhausting.

  • If you keep apologizing for the way your house looks.
  • If you are too embarrassed to invite people over for dinner.
  • If clutter is causing arguments in your household, clutter is the boss of you.

Clutter is the boss of you.

3.    Clutter affects productivity

Clutter has a sneaky way of preventing you from thinking clearly. It disrupts your ability to focus and work efficiently.

  • If you are wondering why you’re having difficulty getting stuff done


  • If clutter has finally gotten to you because of the amount of stuff you own, it’s probably time for you to become the boss of your clutter… not the other way around.

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Here are 4 ways to combat clutter so you can become your own “clutter boss”

1.   Confront your clutter

Ask these questions:

When was the last time you used it?

When will you use it again?

If you got rid of it, could you borrow it or buy it again?

If you do decide to keep it, make sure you find a proper home for it or you know exactly where it is the next time you need it.

Deal with it immediately.

Dispose of it or donate it, but most importantly, get it out of your house because it’s stealing your valuable time, it’s taking up space in your home, and it’s impacting your peace of mind.

2.   Don’t resist letting it go or getting rid of it

If clutter is nagging you and if you want to get your house and your life back, stop resisting! Let it go so you can spend more time with family and friends doing with important to you and so you can spend less time looking for stuff.

3.   Make decluttering part of your daily routine

  • 15 minutes in the morning, and 15 minutes before bedtime.
  • Pick one drawer, one shelf, or one cabinet each day to declutter.
  • Choose 3 things each day to dispose of a donation.

4.    Get excited about living a simpler life with less

What you will begin to experience is a new life where you’ll have more time, money, freedom, and energy to do what matters most to you.

Become the boss of your clutter. Don’t let it be the boss of you!


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