How much clutter do you have around your home?

Key #2

How comfortable are you with a lot of clutter around you?  What about clear space around you?

So, what happens when you look around at your surroundings? What do you see? Sometimes we need to have new eyes when we look at our space and become more aware how we are living on a day to day basis. I often do talks in the community and one of the things I do is a “Visualization” which helps people to imagine walking through their home starting with walking through the front door.  Check out this link.

Imagine Your Ideal Living Space

I believe that anyone who is able to visualize their home will go back to their space with a new fresh look and new eyes.  This can be a very eye opening experience.

You might find that some stuff you have around is really invisible. Believe me, I can relate to this as well. It could be boxes of things tucked away, perhaps things that you are reluctant to look at due to past memories, stuff you have to climb over every day, or perhaps a pile of mismatched objects that have no home and you really just cannot make a decision on what to do with them. I believe that these areas are “stuck energy” in your home.

How much of your home is filled with clutter? Let’s consider these questions?

  1.  How much of the living area in your home is cluttered with possessions?  Consider the amount of clutter in your kitchen, living room, dining room, hallway, bedroom, bathroom, or other rooms?
  2.  How much of your home is difficult to walk through because of the clutter?
  3. To what extent do you have so many things that your rooms are cluttered?
  4.  How much does clutter in your home interfere with your social, work or everyday functioning?  Think about the things you don’t do because of the clutter.
  5. To what extent does the clutter in your home prevent you from using parts of your home for their intended purpose?  For example, cooking, using furniture, washing dishes, cleaning, etc.

So, how did you do? Now I have a different question for you?

What if you didn’t have so many belongings around you? What would that be like? On a scale of 1 – 10 with 1 being comfortable and 10 being uncomfortable how would you feel. This might be a key for you and will help you to understand part of why it is difficult to let go of items or to make informed decisions about what you are bringing into your space.

I work with vulnerable women, women who are homeless, couch surfing or who often live in very small spaces. Unfortunately, our space does kind of dictate to us that we can only have so many belongings in it.   The thing is if we are continuously bringing items into our space but not taking things out, eventually we are going to be in trouble. I believe we sometimes have to make some difficult decisions about our belongings and our space.   Personally, I have a very small bedroom with too big of furniture in it. Kind of sucks but basically it means I need to limit other items that end up landing in this room.

How did you do on these questions?  How uncomfortable or comfortable are you with clear space?

About Kim

Kim Tremblay is a Master Organizer and a Clutter Coach. She has worked with individuals helping them clear the physical and emotional clutter from their lives since 2008. Kim founded and co-facilitated a Clearing Clutter Support Group which has helped hundreds of individuals to make positive changes in their lives. Kim is currently working virtually with clients helping them to clear the emotional and/or physical clutter from their lives. Kim is available to speak to your group about all things organizing.
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2 Responses to How much clutter do you have around your home?

  1. I like an uncluttered space, but I also like to see things that say something about the person who lives there. Quite a few years ago, a friend and I stayed at another friend’s condo while she was travelling. I’d never been there before, and I was intrigued by all the different trinkets she had which represented different people, places, and events in her life.

    • Kimberley says:

      Thanks Janet, Yes, I know what you mean. Some people just have a real knack for displaying their treasures in a way that is so appealing. I don’t think I am like that. Mine just looks like clutter lol

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