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Overcoming the Shame of Clutter: How Understanding the Layers Can Transform Your Home

Jan 23, 2024

As a professional organizer, I've seen firsthand the dilemma many face: the shame and panic of having guests over due to a disorganized home. That moment when the doorbell rings can trigger a frenzy of shoving things out of sight. But what if I told you that managing this doesn’t have to be overwhelming? The key is understanding the different layers of stuff in our homes.

Layer One: Daily Clutter

The first layer is the daily clutter. It's the schoolwork, bills, mail, and endless to-do lists. These items build up fast and need immediate attention. The trick is to have a system in place. Instead of letting laundry pile up, put it away immediately. Create a designated spot for incoming mail and kids' artwork. By tackling these daily items promptly, you prevent them from turning into a bigger mess.

Layer Two: Deep Clutter

The second layer is what I call the deep clutter. These are the things we’ve put off deciding about - the clothes we might wear again, the gadgets we think we'll use someday, the sentimental items we can't seem to part with. This clutter requires more thoughtful decision-making. Ask yourself: Do I need it? Do I love it? Will I use it? If not, it’s time to donate or discard. Clearing this layer transforms your space and makes it more inviting and manageable.

Decluttering Strategies

Treating these two layers the same can be overwhelming. For daily clutter, create efficient routines. For deep clutter, set aside specific times to make those tough decisions. Remember, decluttering is not a race. Start small, maybe with a drawer or a shelf, and gradually move to bigger areas. Your brain needs these small wins to stay motivated.

The Reward: A Welcoming Home

Once you address these layers, not only does cleaning become easier, but your home transforms into a place you're proud to show off. The dread of unexpected guests turns into the joy of spontaneous gatherings.

Understanding and tackling the layers of clutter can lift the weight of shame and open your door to a world of welcoming and warmth. Remember, decluttering is a journey, and every step forward is progress towards a more organized, peaceful home.

Read through all of the steps above. Then start organizing an area of your home. Scroll down for products to help you get the job done!
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