Why Is Clutter A Problem?

Why is clutter a problem? Clutter is costly in more ways than just the financial strain of buying things to replace what you can't find when your home is not organized. "Clutter is a problem because having...

"Clutter is a problem because having clutter and disorder around you at home increases your stress level so much", remarks Lorie Marrero, who is the owner of "LivingOrder", a professional organization company that creates organizing solutions for homes and businesses. The "why" and "how" clutter causes issues varies from person to person. Lorie offers these common examples: "What I frequently hear from clients when they decide to call LivingOrder is, 'I lost a deal and I can't stand the fact that I can't find my information in a timely way and I'm not getting back to people when I'm supposed to.' So it can really cost you in your career because it costs you your credibility...You could be fired for that if you're working for an employer." Outside of business, the stress of a disorganized home can also affect your personal life. She goes on to say, "Your family doesn't get meals on time. Or someone wants to have a bowl of cereal and there's no milk. It constantly causes chaos and makes for a stressful environment."

Maybe you know someone who enjoys visiting garage sales and flea markets, always looking for the a great deal. Eventually the home can begin to overflow with these "treasures". Eventually, you realize that although you have these unique and wonderful pieces, no one can see them in the midst of all the clutter and chaos. It's like that old saying "Can't see the forest for the trees."

One important thing to remember, when considering how clutter becomes a problem, is to never buy something "just to fill a space". A common mistake, especially for the young person moving into their first home, is to purchase items to fill up its rooms instead of waiting to find quality pieces that truly express who they are and then find themselves quickly overwhelmed by all of the acquired "stuff". For example: It is easy enough to find a large painting to hang over your sofa. Thrift Stores are filled with ones that are cheap and half-way attractive. A lot of people will buy one, based only on the fact that it fits into that space. Then, later down the road, they will find one that "is perfect" in size and style but have no idea what to do with the one that is already hanging there. Sure, it can be donated again, but that entails extra time taken out of an already tight, busy schedule. This goes for smaller objects as well. One can have the best of intentions of packing way the no longer needed "extra's" and giving them away, but most of these things tend to just sit and collect dust or take up valuable storage in one's closet or attic.

It is in your best interest to avoid a clutter problem all together by only purchasing things that actually fit into the d├ęcor you are trying to create. Empty walls are a sign of good taste in that you refuse to settle for less then what you want. Empty shelves in a bookcase or curio cabinet can actually become part of your decorating scheme. Alternate your collection with one shelf full, one shelf empty and so on. This makes your items stand out. Anything that looks "deliberately done" in interior design makes others think that you have an "interesting flair" for decorating.

If you have already sunk into a sea of clutter, don't despair. Remember, "The swimming of the English Channel begins with one small stroke." Start treading today and before you know it, you will find yourself lying on the beach, so to speak, in your own clutter-free destination.

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