It can be easy to disregard the clutter within our homes, or worse, we might not even consider it as clutter. Different items place around the corner only to be forgotten or accumulate to become junk. This clutter can hide in plain sight and comes in different types. Different clutters must be disposed of, sold, donated to charity, or recycled.
It can be tricky to know which items in the house are certain types of clutter, and how to handle them. We show you the different types of clutter within your house and tips on how you can deal with it.
- Clutter With No Storage Space
- Trash Disguised as Clutter
- On-Sale Items or Bargain Deals
- Buying in bulk leads to Abundance Clutter
- Aspirational Clutter
- Sentimental Clutter
Clutter With No Storage Space
It is common to have items within our homes that still don’t have a place to be kept or where they can call their own space. These items may be unopened or items that lack storage. It can be a challenge to deal with these types of items. However, an excellent way to handle these is to organize and store these items neatly.
Organizing by keeping them in a clear plastic container and having them labeled. Organizing the clutter allows you to revisit them when the time has come for you to use them, or if there is now available space for them to be kept.
Items that fall under this category are as follows:
- Newly purchased unread books which are part of your TBR (to be read)
- On-sale items or seasonal items
- Items you plan to give to someone in the future, gift-giving items.
Trash Disguised as Clutter
There are items we consider trash, and there are also items we can consider clutter. You will have to know the difference between the two and identify from your items which is which. One way to go around this dilemma is to set a rule for yourself on how long certain items can be kept before having to dispose of them.
There may be items within your home that need repairing, but you don’t have the time to bring them to the shop for a month. Depending on the case, you may not need that item anymore. Instead of having it sit around the house just taking up space, you can consider donating or selling that item.
An example of this type of clutter is:
- Clothes needing repair
- Junk mail
- Expired foods
- Old broken eyeglasses
Throw out or donate items that need repair after a month, toss out the newspapers after three to five days, and dispose of the magazines after a month. You will have to stick to the rules in decluttering certain items as time progresses, as these may turn into piles of junk.
If you need help removing amounts of clutter or junk within your home, then consider hiring a professional junk removal company to remove it for you.
Junk removal companies make this situation convenient for you, as they will be the ones who handle the process from start to finish. You appoint your preferred schedule, assess the junk that needs to be removed, and finally haul away all the junk you need to remove.
On-Sale Items or Bargain Deals
Let’s face it—bargain deals, yard sales, promotional gifts with purchases, and store sales. These items may be too good to pass up. However, it doesn’t mean that you will need most of it. These items can end up turning into clutter without you noticing it. If these items are ones that you have been meaning to use or gift to someone, then why not take advantage of the bargain? If not, then no need for you to add clutter to your home.
Buying in bulk leads to an Abundance Clutter
It is tempting to buy items in bulk for reasons such as— we may get short on stock from the stores, or it makes us feel secure by providing for our families. It may be for good intentions, but there are instances where those products tend to expire or go unused due to the abundance, or you have bought more than what you need.
This clutter is also called abundance clutter. Stocking up and buying in bulk is not always a negative thing, but it is always best to think twice before you buy in bulk and tell yourself to buy what you need.
There is stuff you keep to help yourself appear differently to others, to help you change something, or to learn a new skill. An example of this is that you have purchased a guitar, but never actually practiced or taken the time to learn it. Another example is that you may have bought the book to display as something to show to others, but never actually read the contents of it. These items can be considered clutter without you knowing it.
The best way to dispose of these types of clutter is to ask yourself if these types of items are worth it in the long run. If you had suddenly thought of buying that new tennis racket as soon as you’ve seen it in the store—ask yourself first:
- Will I enjoy tennis as a sport?
- Will I be still using it in the years to come?
- It is possible to just rent out a tennis racket first before committing to buying one?, just in case, I will truly enjoy the sport?
- Will I have the time to commit to this new hobby?
There are items where it is still there since it has nostalgic meaning to them. It may be you are still holding on to clothing someone gave to you, or a stuffed toy given by your parents. Sentimental clutter is indeed difficult to remove. It can feel like you are saying goodbye to a memory or a part of the person attached to that item.
These items can hold different meanings for every one of us. If you are ready to part ways with those sentimental items, here are ways that can help you.
- Assess the item where it is still usable or fixed.
- It is worth fixing and replacing different pieces of the sentimental item.
- Sort out the items which of these are the most important, and donate the items to charity or pass it down to a relative.
- Document and take a picture of the items before giving them out.
Identifying those items as clutter or accepting them as clutter is the first step to removing and giving more space within your house. Nobody wants to leave random things on the table and leave it just as it is.
When it comes to decluttering—Less is more. Not only is it that you reserve a space within your house, but you also get a sense of cleanliness and peace of mind that you have less clutter than you have within the house.
It can be overwhelming at first, but getting started in decluttering your space is already miles ahead of progress versus the ones who haven’t thought about decluttering their own space.