If you’re anything like me, you tend to tell yourself lies about your cluttered home… and as a result, you get rid of the clutter as slowly as a turtle builds a nest. It is time to come clean! Here are 5 lies we let ourselves believe about our cluttered houses.
1. I will find time to get rid of the clutter tomorrow.
Can we say “PROCRASTINATION”, my friend? Tomorrow will come, and you know very well deep down that something will come up that will take priority over decluttering – something as necessary as “My dog needs a hair cut”, or “there is a sale at Target” or “I’m just too tired and this is my first day off in a long time”! If you keep putting off getting rid of the clutter, the mess will only continue to grow!
2. It’s not really that bad.
The only response I have to this is… have you SEEN the TV show “Hoarders”? Each one of those owners of ultra-cluttered homes started out with those same words. (Make sure that is NOT YOU someday!)
3. Once my kids move out, I’ll have a much less cluttered home.
Believe it or not, this isn’t true. Sure, some of the objects will leave with your son or daughter, but if you have allowed messy habits to grow over the years, you will notice very quickly that your house is as cluttered as before… but now with YOUR things!
4. I like my house to look “lived in”.
There is a huge difference between a house looking cozy and “lived in”, and a house that needs a good decluttering. Can you sit down in EACH chair without moving stuff aside? Can you walk through the room without tripping on objects set on the floor?
5. It doesn’t bother me.
This is a tricky one. Maybe your cluttered home really doesn’t bother you, but then again, why are you online reading about fixing it, or looking for ways to get rid of clutter, if you are not the slightest bit embarrassed by it?
Don’t let yourself fall for the lies! Get going! Do your best to develop good decluttering habits, and get that cluttered house of yours clutter-free soon!
Need some help? I recommend you check out “Declutter Fast” – it’s a very helpful ebook on the subject of “emergency decluttering”, written by Mimi Tanner, a woman with a LOT of experience in getting cluttered houses clean. Check it out by clicking here. It will change your life.