One of my favorite comparisons to make to clutter is dieting. When we eat food, it is expected that we move to work some of it off – to be healthy, our bodies can only take so much.
The same is true with clutter and our homes. Our homes can only take so much stuff – when it becomes excessive, our homes become unhealthy and stressful.
What can we do to address this?
There are lots of things: being mindful of what we buy, doing regular decluttering sessions and putting thought into how things are arranged.
Another thing I like to do is to have a permanent donation space in my home.
For me, my permanent donation space is a laundry basket at the top of my closet. When it feels right, I do some home “editing” – I take a couple of things and put them in there that are no longer needed or wanted.
When the basket gets full, I bag everything up and put it in a garbage bag and haul it off to Goodwill.
This is less overwhelming than doing a big huge decluttering session – it only takes a couple of minutes.
What strategies do you use to keep clutter at bay?