Where Did All The Clutter Come From?

Written by Bronwyn Durand

The main question I hear people who have clutter ask themselves is “How did things get so bad?” The answer is simple.

Firstly, in today’s consumerist society we are encouraged from all angles that we shouldn’t just have something or deserve it, we desperately need what ever it is that is being sold. There is a lot of emphasis placed on the slight (or huge) gaps or holes or difficulties we have in our lives and just that one more particular object will solve all of our problems. We are also taught that everything we have is and should be replaced regularly. The problem with this sort of thinking is that we end up with too much in our lives and spend too much money acquiring these goods. The idea that we need to purchase more and more goods in order to relieve some of life’s pressures is not only incorrect but also untrue. The goods we have become extra responsibilities in our lives and detract from the real responsibilities we are already trying to deal with.

Secondly, the accumulation of all the goods around us is a subtle, slow, quiet process that creeps up on us over a long period of time. Our days are too long, busy and stressful so having to deal with the objects around us just isn’t a priority. Placing the telephone account in the correct file after work and during the evening dinnertime rush just is not going to happen realistically. Over time you have developed a large pile of many different types of paperwork all of which have generated new steps of work. Instead of only having to file the paperwork you have to now sort it into categories, then date order and only then can filing take place. It takes emotional energy to have to recognize the system required and practical time which we don’t have to physically organize the objects around us.

Finally, recognizing our own behaviors and habits that lead to the clutter is often a difficult thing to do. It takes time and experience to recognize patterns (even in ourselves) and often at this point the clutter has already accumulated in our lives. With clutter around being introspective as to our behavior and changing our habits is virtually impossible. Clutter is distracting and draining and clear thinking is simply too hard to do at this point.

It is useful to have a neutral party involved to help de-clutter your life. Someone who can take a step back, analyze your habits and behaviors, recognize where systems can be put into place and change your environment to work for you. The process can be enlightening and at the same time very freeing. Being in control of your possessions and home places you in control of your life.

Last modified on Thursday, 08 June 2017 18:25