Each person has their tolerance for clutter. One may be able to function with clutter around them. Piles and piles of stuff only they know what is in each pile. Others may be overwhelmed with a little clutter laying on the floor in the bedroom or living room. Other people may fall in between these two types of individuals. Determining what your tolerance for clutter is will alert you to when the area needs clearing. This post will talk about ways to assess your tolerance for clutter. And, hopefully, inspire you to clear the clutter that is affecting you right now.
First, go around your home and write down the places that bug you the most. On the paper, make a punch list and include the room name and the clutter piles in that room. When buying a new home, you get to make a punch list to give to the builder before you go for settlement. This list includes all the things that still need to be finished. On this premise, you are going to use this punch list to determine the incompletions (clutter) in each room.
How to figure out what bothers you about clutter?
Now, examine each "clutter" area and determine its priority. Ask yourself, "what bugs me the most in this room?" Start with number 1. One would represent the most important and the clutter that most likely bothers you the most. It must be cleared up immediately to help you feel better in your room. Determine how you feel about the clutter. Does the clutter stir up any emotions you may have from a past memory? Write down what it stirs up for you next to the clutter area on the list.
Now, determine the characteristic of this clutter. Examine how high the pile is, does a particular height bother you? How about the width of the pile? Does it bother you that it is laying on the floor? How about the piles of stuff on the counter or dining room table? Does it bother you that you or someone else put the pile of stuff in that place? Write all these answers down on your punch list.
Next mark with a star to indicate the thoughts of the clutter that truly sparks some negative emotion. Feelings of sadness, anger, frustration, disappointment, and feeling of overwhelm are just some of the emotions you could be experiencing when looking at this clutter. How many stars did you add to the incompletions on your punch list?
On a separate piece of paper, write up all the incomplete clutter that you starred. These are the ones that bother you the most. Examine this list and see what the similarities are with each of the different starred clutter items. This streamlined list now tells you not only what bugs you the most with clutter, it also informs you about the areas that need doing first. Amazing, right?
These characteristics you starred and examined now will alert you to what you don't like about a particular clutter. The emotions that you now are aware of will be the alarm that tells you when to clear the clutter.
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Some people may feel angry, sad, frustrated, overwhelmed looking closely at these incompletions in a room. Remember, by looking at these areas and spending the time to determine why this clutter bothers you so much, you will understand more about yourself and how you would like your life and home to exist. So, be brave through this process and you will come out the other side more knowledgable about yourself and what you want in your home. I hope this motivates you to clear the unwanted clutter.