Incoming Clutter Negates Clutter Clearing Progress

You’ve been clearing clutter! Yay! You are lightening your load. But, are

Dam the flow of incoming things to make progress with your clutter clearing.

Dam the flow of incoming things to make progress with your clutter clearing.

you? Last night while in conversation with some former ADHD group coaching participants one woman shared that she had gotten about 25 bags/boxes out of her house. We thought that was great progress! However, another astute woman piped up with a great question, “Great! But, but how much is coming in?” The first woman looked slightly uncomfortable and admitted that she was still bringing in stuff. In fact, she enjoyed retail therapy.

Upon further questioning the woman revealed that she was buying things to display after she had cleared her clutter. They were not even things she could enjoy immediately. They became clutter because there was no place for them to go. How ironic that the things she was purchasing to enjoy once her house was clutter-free were creating more clutter.

I suggested that this woman stop buying items in advance of clearing out a room. Rather, that she first clear out the room. Then when the room was clear, she could reward herself with a few new items that could be displayed and enjoyed immediately.

The above incident made me realize that much of my writing has been about how to get rid of clutter. I have never spent much time discussing an important aspect of clutter clearing: stopping the flow of unnecessary items coming into your home.

You can’t make clutter clearing progress if you don’t reduce or stop bringing more things into your home, or at least have a system for eliminating a number of things equal to or greater than the number of things you are bringing in. It’s akin to trying to empty a pool while still adding water to it!

To get the full benefit from clutter clearing, plug the incoming channel. Then focus on eliminating things you no longer love or use.

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