The 4 Reasons Why Clutter is Robbing You Of Your Time & Happiness

Learn what your clutter is doing to your time and happiness, and what you can do to stop this. Free declutter cheat sheet included!

It is time to get real.  It is time to talk about your clutter and how it is robbing you of your time and happiness.  Today, I'm going to share 4 simple reasons why it is time to break up with your clutter so you can free up that much needed time and happiness.

Until you realize how much that clutter is affecting your life, you're not going to make removing the clutter a top priority.

That's exactly what this post is going to do, it's going to show you the 4 reasons why your clutter is robbing you of your time and happiness.  By the end of this post, my hope for you is to become inspired to start the 20-minute decluttering process.

If you're unaware of the 20-minute decluttering process, you can click here and here to read more about it.  I've also put together a workbook for you inside the workbook you'll find the declutter in 20 checklist so you can make this a reality.  

Alright, my friend, it is time to get real.  It's time to get real about your clutter and what effects it is having on you.  Typically I'm not here to talk about the doom and gloom of life.

I'm more of a person that likes to look at the world with the glass half full.

It's about looking at the positive side of things.  That's why I'm going to share the 4 reasons and then I'm going to share what you can do to eliminate these things from your life.

Let's make your days filled with extra time and lots of happiness, shall we!

So, let's get started!

Feel guilty

I know this sounds like a weird thing to feel but it's true. 

Tell me if this happens to you:

You sit down to rest after a long day.  You turn on the TV just to rest for a minute.  You notice the pile next to you and start thinking, oh man I should start going through that.  So, you're sitting and relaxing time turns into an everything I need to accomplish time.

Instead of relaxing, you are starting to feel guilty that you are sitting down to take a break.

You've been robbed!

You can find things

You cannot argue with this one because it happens all of the time.  I'm sure that, if you're reading this, this has happened to you today.

Do you have a habit of writing things down on pieces of paper and then it gets lost in a pile of papers?  Or do you have a hard time trying to find your keys before you need to leave?

What about an important paper that you saw just the other day?

You are wasting time trying to find the things that you need.  Do you know how much wasted time you spend trying to find something each day?

I'm sure that if you'd time yourself you'd be shocked by how much time you are being robbed of each and every day by trying to find lost items.

You're being robbed every day!

Feel unorganized, overwhelmed, and unmotivated

Now I could have made each of these there own separate reason but I feel that they are tied together and almost the same thing and that's why I've grouped them together.

If you have piles of papers and stuff, you might feel like you're not organized.  It's a daily reminder of something that needs to be done.

This scenario really ties into the last reason, can't find things.  

When you have the clutter, is it really organized?

I've heard people say things like, I've got my own system going on, or I know exactly what's in each pile.

Do you really?  If there's a pile of 50 pages of paper, can you tell me what is on each of those pieces of paper?

Now, let's talk overwhelmed and unmotivated, because let's face it, they are basically the same thing.

Looking at the clutter each and every day brings feelings to the surface. 

You're overwhelmed because you probably just don't know where to start and you're unmotivated because it's stareing your in the face constantly.

The overwhelmed and unmotivated feeling is like living in 'have to land'.  Constantly telling yourself you have to do this, you have to do that.

You are being robbed day after day of your happiness because you are in a constant state of I'm overwhelmed, and completely unmotivated land.

Brings chaos

If you are living in a cluttered home, do you feel like your home is zen?

Are you having to step over things to go across the room?  Are you having to move a pile of papers so you can have dinner together at the table?

Is that zen like?

Since we know that you are overwhelmed, unmotivated, and feeling quite guilty, then the chances of you living a chaotic life are quite high!

You know that it takes you too long to find the things that you need to find, you know that you're not living your happiest life, so why do you want to keep this stuff?

I know this is a personal thing.

Ready to be shocked?

But can I tell you a few shocking statistics?

There are 300,000 items in the average American home. (according to the LA Times)

The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years. (NPR)

1 out of every 10 Americans rents offsite storage-it is the fasting growing segment of commercial real estate over the past 40 years. (New York Times Magazine)

25% of the people with a home with a 2 car garage don't have room to park cars inside them and 32% only have room for 1 car. (US Dept. of Energy)

The US has upwards of 50,000 storage facilities, more than 5 times the number of Starbucks!  In the year 2014 there were 2.63 billion square feet of self-storage space in the United States alone.  That's 8.32 square feet per person in the US.  

That means it is totally possible to fit every man, woman, and child inside all of the self-storage space.

Now, I could go on and on with these shocking statistics, but I won't.

It's time to make a change.

It is time to talk about how you are going to finally conquer your clutter and how you are going to stay motivated enough to keep it going.

I'm sure you know how overwhelming it is to go through your clutter.  It's impossible to know where to start.  It is a huge project, and it's probably hard to find the time to do it.

It is easy to become burned out.  

That's why I know that you can do this by only committing to 20 minutes a day.  Sure, this might take some time to get through, but you'll be doing this in a way that will allow you to remove the guilt, allow you to become happier, and have more time.

By knowing that you only have to work on your clutter 20 minutes a day, that frees up time to do other things without feeling guilty like you need to do be working on this.  

Here's the thing, once your 20 minutes are up, you are done for the day!

If you want to learn more about the 20 minute declutter process, click here to read how to do that.  Before you head over there, you can download the Declutter in 20 Cheat Sheet.  Then you'll know exactly how to spend your 20 minutes.

Now, I'd love to hear what type of decluttering processes you've used in the past.  What's worked for you and what hasn't?  Continue the discussion below in the comments!

Thanks,

Jenn