One thing about us humans that surprises me time and time again is the effect that habits and complacency have on our ability to make changes. If you live your life like I have for most of my life, you will often take things to be unchangeable. Enduring a daily commute to work even though you really, really hate it and resent the thought of going through it again tomorrow. Having to relocate a hundred toys every single day because your kids won’t do it after they finished playing. Looking for your keys, papers, work utensils every time you step out to get your day started. Falling out with the neighbours over their constant barbeques with lots of smoke, smells and noise.
So far, we have concerned ourselves mostly with practical implications of clutter and looked at how to limit intake, manage the contents of your home, and how to get rid of things in a positive and empowering way. There are other considerations to clutter, though, and some of them can be pretty grim.
One of the many reasons why our homes end up so full of stuff is because we have been conditioned early on to believe that ‘shopping’ is fun. Personally, I never understood that particular mantra and I believe this has saved me a lot of grief. It is a fact that whole advertising industries have been built trying to beat that particular belief into our brains. However, being infused with this idea is no excuse for accepting that ‘shop till you drop’ mentality. You are better than that and you know it!
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Hi, my name is Tilo Flache. My current mission: help my clients declutter mind and space.
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