7 Reasons Your Clutter Keeps Coming Back



One of the constants in life is clutter.  And that’s because few people have the time or the skills to keep up with the amount of decisions that are required to be made in order to avoid clutter.  Clutter is, after all, nothing more than a delayed decision.  But when we dig deeper on this issue, there are several underlying reasons for why most folks can’t keep up.  Here are the top 7 reason your clutter keeps coming back:

1.  No system

Having a general idea of how you want your information or belongings to live in your space is a necessity.  If you don’t have a game plan, the results will be a disorganized mess.  Likewise, if you don’t have a game plan for how you will deal with items in your home on a daily basis, you’ll end up with clutter everywhere.

2.  No maintenance of system

The dirty little secret of being organized is that it is a never ending process.  And I’m not saying this to be overwhelming, but to drive home the point that being organized is about being able to adapt to changing situations.  Life isn’t static.  If it was, staying organized wouldn’t be so hard!

3.  No permanent home

A place for everything and everything in its place is an often repeated mantra.  But what happens if you don’t have a place for everything?  It’s decision time.  Do you value the stuff more than you value the time and energy you devote to letting the item hang out in your way?

4.  Unrealistic standards

Part of being organized is about living in the present.  You have to be realistic about where you are in life.  Instead of striving to have a magazine ready space, try making changes so that it is better than when you started.  It is really hard to go from a really cluttered space to being ready for a photo shoot unless you have the help of a HGTV crew.  And as lovely as that would be, it isn’t going to happen for most folks.

5.  No support system

Roommate / Partner / Spouse / Kids not on the same page as you are when it comes to organization?  You’ll be fighting an uphill battle that you’re likely to lose and go crazy in the process.  Work to get everyone in agreement about where things belong or about how often to get rid of belongings that have outlived their usefulness.

6.  Not having right solutions

Organizing isn’t one size fits all.  That’s why there are so many different options available for baskets, bins and other organizing solutions.  But the key to being organized is using the right solution.  That’s where a professional can come into play and make it work.  Professional organizers know the landscape of available options and how to make them work for you.

7.  Not having enough space

Another universal organizing truth is having a lot of space will not guarantee organization.  Having too much space can lead to complete disorganization – given an infinite amount of space, a lot of people will just fill it up with stuff (hello, self storage units!). You have to be brutally honest with yourself about what you actually have room for.  The truth is you have the space you have now.  You probably don’t have much control over that, but you do have control over how much stuff you put in that space and how the stuff is organized within the space.  Until you are honest with yourself and live within the space limits you have, clutter will always be an issue.

How many of these reasons ring true for you?

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