It’s an inevitable and natural fact of life that as we navigate life’s path we pick up a lot along the way. Some of what we pick up and take with us is meaningful and enriching. We accumulate favorite books and movies. We come across favorite songs and bands. More importantly we accumulate relationships with others. Some of what we take with us, however, we can do without. We live in an age of disposability, after all, and often we can load ourselves with freebies or discounted goods that we pick up not because we need or particularly want them, but because they were cheap or free. Over time these possessions, both wanted and unwanted can accumulate to the extent where we have no idea how much stuff we had until we attempt to move house. Inevitably, when this happens we come across boxes and boxes worth of stuff and think “What was I thinking”, before consigning it to landfill.
We may not realise it or even want to admit it, but this inability to discriminate between what brings us value and what doesn’t can very easily turn us all into hoarders. In fact, take a look around your home and watch out for some of these telling signs. The process may already have started…
You dread going into the garage
Lots of us have an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to keeping our homes clean. Thus we can end up with storage closets and garages that are full of stuff that we’ve kept even though it’s just rubbish waiting to happen. If you dread the thought of going into the garage because you know that you could be buried under an avalanche of garbage, you may well need help. See this Infographic: Why You Should Call in the Experts to Help With Your Rubbish Problem. By all means clear your garage of garbage, but don’t risk damaging the environment or injuring yourself in the process. An expert will help you to dispose of your rubbish in an eco friendly way.
You spend more time cleaning your furniture than sitting on it
Furniture can have sentimental value, or contribute to a room’s aesthetic but first and foremost it must have a function. If you find that you spend more time polishing, dusting or wiping down an article of furniture that you never use, it’s time to ask yourself whether you actually need or even want it anymore.
You often feel stressed, agitated and overwhelmed
When we first move into a new home, we tend to fill it with possessions and furniture that will reflect our personality. It’s a great way to affirm your personality or reinvent yourself. Over time, however, unless we regularly exchange the new for the old as we change in our tastes and personality we can find ourselves inundated with clutter. Clutter does not bring value to our lives. In fact, it can make us feel stressed and overwhelmed in the one place where we should feel calm and serene… Our homes.