Last week I announced my Declutter Challenge. I invited all of you busy folks out there to work with me to get rid of the clutter in our lives. You can read more about the Declutter Challenge for Busy Folks here. I have been working each day to declutter my master bedroom. It is a place that the whole family seems to want to dump their clutter. If in doubt, put it in mom’s room seems to be how my family thinks. Ugghhh! Why me??
While I was able to quickly make progress in decluttering the room, I noticed that I kept passing over certain items. I was not sure what to do with them. That got me thinking. Why were these items difficult to discard or put away? I now realize that clutter is so much more than items that need to be thrown away or put away. We carry a lot of emotional baggage with our clutter. I found myself being sentimental about things and worrying about needing things. If I feel this way, then I bet a lot of you do too.
What are these emotional barriers to decluttering??
- Decluttering can take a long time. (I don’t have a lot of time to put to this project.)
- Where do I even start? (overwhelmed)
- Sentimental value. (How can I get rid of something that my child made or my grandmother gave me?)
- It seems wasteful to get rid of things. (I don’t have money to waste.)
- We are just going to mess it up again, so what’s the point?
- I spent good money on this. (guilt)
- I don’t know what I’m going to find. (fear)
- What if I need this some day? (fear of regret)
These are some of the emotional barriers that I have discovered in starting my declutter challenge. Share with me how you deal with these emotional barriers. I’ll put some thought into also and come back next week with some solutions. Let’s see how many people we can help with our solutions. The first step is identifying that we have these emotional barriers. The next step is hitting them head on with a plan to crush that clutter and live the clutter-free life we really want. Stay tuned……………
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