Too much stuff not enough space

too much stuff not enough space
Too much stuff, not enough space!

When we have the problem of too much stuff and not enough space, it can seem like a good idea to jump straight in to the actual decluttering of the home.

I challenge you to put the brakes on for a moment and consider how you got into this position in the first place.

Where did all of the stuff come from?

  • inheritance?
  • shopping?
  • gifts?

The most common cause of clutter is quite simple. We bought too much stuff and brought it home.

It might not seem at the time that there is anything wrong with what we are doing and we can justify it because it’s only one or two small things. The problem is that one or two things, purchased regularly, add up to a lot of stuff in the long run.

It does not even matter how large our home is either, because the more space we have, the more stuff we will purchase to fill it. Simply buying a larger home does not stop a clutter problem if we have it, it simply buys us a little extra time before we are bursting at the seems again.

What is the solution to too much stuff not enough space?

The simplest and quickest method to solving this problem is to reduce the number of things coming into the home.

Firstly, we need to stop shopping.

To make this easier, consider the difference between a need and a want. A need keeps us alive: food, clothing, shelter. We don’t however need 10 pairs of black flat shoes. That would be a want, usually as a result of an impulse buy.

too much stuff not enough space

The simplest method to get this under control is to always go shopping with a list and to only buy what is on that list.

It will be difficult at first, definitely. It will however become easier with time and be well worth the effort.

The Washington Post agrees:

‘Decluttering only helps so much if you’re still buying too much in the first place’

Nicole Anzia also states that the declutterer will be back in the same situation they started in if they don’t fundamentally change their behaviour and bring less into the home.’

So, before you take steps to begin removing the excess clutter from your home, stop and think about how you will prevent more from entering it.

If you don’t, you are setting yourself up for much frustration and making it much harder to achieve your goals.

Secondly, we need to get rid of the clutter.

There are many ways to tackle a clutter problem once we know we have it.

Luckily, I have many resources to assist you on this journey to a Clutter-Free Life.

The best place to start is here:

Decluttering 101: The Ultimate Guide

You will have access to the best decluttering blog posts, decluttering resources and support. Check it out here.