In his book, It’s All Too Much, Peter Walsh lists the following examples of excuses people have when holding onto too much clutter:
1. “I might need it one day.”
You might, but is it worth taking up valuable space in your home now?
“Wanting to be prepared for the future is a wonderful thing, but not when it so preoccupies us that we forget the only time we rear have is today.” p. 33
2. “It’s too important to let go.”
Whether it’s your child’s baby clothes, or something with family history, I have a feeling this is where many moms struggle the most. Letting go of our child’s clothing, or school papers, or toys can feel like we are letting a part of them go. But I love how he put it in the book:
“If you value an item, you need to show it the honor and respect it deserves. Otherwise, it has no place in your home.” p.34
There are plenty of ideas out there on Pinterest showcasing ways to store keepsakes from our children. Save a few of your favorite items, find a way to display them with honor, and get rid of the rest.
3. “It’s worth a lot of money.”
Then sell it! Mr. Walsh makes an excellent point about “valuable clutter”:
“Think about how much you pay for your house in rent or mortgage. Every square foot of your house is costing you money. So if you have a spare bedroom that is full of clutter and unusable, you’re wasting a good portion of your monthly housing expenses on that inaccessible room every month!” p.39
I had never looked at it that way before reading this book! It really empowered me through some of the tough decisions I had to make the first time around, and will again this time as I’m working through clearing my clutter again.
4. “My House is Too Small.”
“Stop claiming your house is too small. The amount of space you have cannot be changed- the amount of stuff you have can.” p.39
5. “I don’t have the time.”
You need to make the time! Getting it together in your home is so important for your overall wellbeing (and that of your family’s) that you need to make it a priority. And believe me I’m preaching to myself here. Like I said, this is a struggle for me, but I understand the importance of the task at hand and will follow it through. It’s not for me, it’s for them.
And think about this; how much time do you waste looking for things? Yea….ouch.
6. “It’s not a problem- ____________ just thinks it is.”
Nothing is a problem, until it becomes a problem. If clutter is coming between you and a loved one, I dare say it is time to re-evaluate.
“What’s more important to you-the stuff you’re holding on to or the quality of your relationship with your partner?” p. 43
7. “It isn’t mine.”
Are you storing things for others? Maybe an adult child who’s moved out or a friend who ran out of space in their home, or something you borrowed but haven’t returned yet. Whatever the case may be, get the items to their rightful owners (or hey, start charging a storage fee!)
8. It’s too overwhelming.”
It can be overwhelming to look around at our current circumstance and wonder how on earth we are going to get through it all. And that is why I wanted to offer this challenge; we’re in this together. I’m here to support you, and our Instagram community will be as well, I’m sure of it.