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Are you a stasher? Let's change this habit together...

Mar 03, 2024

As a professional organizer (and as a human who once stashed), I understand how easily the habit of stashing things away can lead to clutter, creating both physical and mental blocks in your life. Being a "Stasher" often stems from a desire to deal with items "later," but without a clear plan, "later" becomes "never," and the clutter grows. Your future self is never happy with your present self. Let's explore how we can address this habit, transform your spaces, and improve your mental well-being.

Understanding the Stashing Habit

Firstly, it's essential to recognize that stashing is a coping mechanism for uncertainty or decision fatigue. You might stash things away because deciding what to do with them feels overwhelming or because you fear making the wrong decision about keeping or donating an item. Acknowledging this habit is the first step toward change. You are reading this are on a good path.

Visualize the Transformation

Imagine your space transformed: a living area where every item has a purpose and a home, a bedroom that’s a sanctuary of rest without piles hidden under the bed, or a kitchen where every item you use is accessible and neatly stored. Visualizing these spaces not only provides motivation but also sets a clear goal. I bet you already have a bit of an image in your head.

The Mental Relief of Decluttering

Breaking the stashing cycle brings about a huge mental relief. It reduces the anxiety and guilt often associated with hidden clutter. Imagine the feeling of lightness and accomplishment when you can find everything you need, when you need it. This mental clarity often leads to improved focus, reduced stress, and a sense of control over your environment and life.

Steps to Overcome Stashing

1. Start Small: Choose one area to declutter. Beginning with a small, manageable task builds confidence and momentum. If you follow me on Instagram you see me doing this everyday...copy me!

2. Sort Ruthlessly: Take everything out of the stash spot. Touch each item and ask yourself: Do I love it? Do I use it? Would I go out to the store to buy this today? If it doesn’t pass these questions, it’s time to let it go. If you only love it...time to take a picture and get rid of the physical thing.  Remember, clutter can be a villain and its time to defeat it! You are worth more than physical things.

3. Designate a Home: For items you keep, assign a specific, logical place where it belongs. This practice makes it easier to find items and discourages stashing in the future. If you can't think of a place you might look for, then you likely don't really need it. It's time to donate or let it go.

4. Use Clear Storage Solutions: Use transparent bins or labels to keep items visible when possible. If you can see what you have, you’re less likely to stash away duplicates. Containers are also valuable to set physical limits of how much of that category you need.  Set the limit and try not to exceed it- remember the one thing in and one thing out rule below.

5. Implement a “One In, One Out” Rule: To prevent future clutter, for every new item that comes into your home, one old item must leave. This helps maintain the balance of possessions. When you exceed your container or your "clutter threshold, " you start feeling out of control.  Again, you are more important than accumulating "stuff".

6. Schedule Regular Decluttering Sessions: Set aside time each week or month for decluttering. Keeping it as a regular part of your routine prevents the stash from reoccurring.

Empowering Yourself

Remember, the goal is progress, not perfection. Every step you take towards decluttering and stopping the stashing cycle is a step towards a clearer, more peaceful environment and mind. With each cleared space, you'll feel a sense of achievement and relief, reinforcing your motivation to continue. Decluttering momentum is a real thing!

Seeking Support

Finally, remember that it's okay to seek help. Whether from friends, family, or professionals, having support can make the journey less daunting and more successful. As you transform your spaces, you also transform your habits and mindset, leading to a more organized and content life.

Many digital and online courses on this website have helped thousands of others in your situation- please browse around and remember I am only ever one DM or email away.

Breaking the stashing habit opens the door to cleaner physical spaces and a clearer mind. The sense of control and accomplishment you'll gain will empower you in all areas of your life. There is hope, and I believe in YOU.  Let's start together and break this habit.


xo Always


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