There is nothing wrong with placing things somewhere temporarily, of course. We all do that and it is a necessity in daily life. The problems only start if the things we have put down in that place are not removed within a relatively short time, hours, maybe days. Once that pile of magazines has been sitting pretty in that corner, it starts to attract more stuff. Why? Our subconscious has been led to believe that this is a good place for stuff and we simply add to it without thinking twice. It’s as if that pile of stuff has developed its own gravitational field and attracts more clutter to come this way.
This is ‘clutter’ in its purest form: things that have no other home because there is no space anywhere else, things that aren’t deemed important enough to have a home, things we really don’t need any longer but could be bothered throwing away, things we are in two minds about,… The list goes on, but neither of those reasons is good enough to clutter up your space. It’s a clear sign of indecisiveness and procrastination.
Putting things down on the floor is never good practice. First of all, the floor is not the place for any of your belongings unless they are carpets, furniture of doorstops. If you end up with reading materials, toys, clothing, food, etc. on the floor, there is something wrong in your household! Not only is there an issue with clutter, but you will also have a hard time doing a proper household cleaning. When things are in the way of the vacuum, dust and grime (or worse, pests) WILL take over. That’s just a fact.
Best case scenario: you were lazy or out of sorts and things just ended up out of their home spot and you only need to put things back to their original home to sort this out. Do it quickly, because things turn worse very quickly, and the longer you wait, the bigger the task will get.
After putting everything in its place, you may end up with things that you cannot put away … there simply is no space for them to stay. This is either a storage problem that might be solved with reorganisation or additional storage, or it is a question of having taken in too much and you may want to decide to let certain things go, if possible.
At the end of the day, lack of space is a clear indication that you own too much. ‘Too much’ is the measure by which we really should judge our living arrangements. If there is no room for things, they are ‘too much’. I could be as simple as that. The crucial question here is, however: “What’s worse: keeping this in a pile and creating disorder, distraction and potential health risks, or getting rid of 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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