The weekend days are full of chores and cleaning and obligations and before you know it it’s Monday again.
You feel stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted and you look around your house and think “I have too much stuff not enough space! My life would be better if I had a bigger house!”
I know I can’t be wrong here because I felt like that too, once upon a time. But I didn’t have money for a bigger place and I was going to be stuck in my small studio apartment for awhile.
I was right about the problem. I did have too much stuff, not enough space. But I was wrong about the solution. I didn’t need a bigger place!
How Do You Know If You Have Too Much Stuff?
How do you know when you have too much stuff? Maybe you feel like your life is fine just the way it is. But how does having too much stuff affect you? What can you do if you have too much stuff? Are you feeling like you have too much stuff, not enough space? Why do we accumulate so much stuff?
If you have ever thought you have too much stuff, not enough space, and you need a bigger house the solution may be easier than searching for a new home. You might just need less stuff.
I used to think I needed a bigger home but then I went to another country and saw people living in houses the same size as mine with much bigger families. That’s when I realized the problem wasn’t the house. That’s when I looked at my house and said: “I have too much stuff!”
It was an epiphany! It should have been obvious but our society works hard to make us feel like we never have enough.
There are lots of signs you have too much stuff but you might not notice them. Maybe it’s time you did. Having too much clutter can actually control your life and cause you to do things to avoid the problem without fixing it.
Let’s find out if you have too much stuff or not enough space. (You probably have too much stuff) but it’s time to find out if you do and if so how to declutter your home…
You Have Too Much Stuff Not Enough Space IF:
- You can’t find anything.
- It’s hard to find something to wear in the morning.
- You don’t want to cook in your kitchen.
- Every counter is covered with stuff.
- Your cabinets and drawers are exploding.
- Buying more storage seems like the solution.
- Find a home for everything.
- Declutter your closet. Get rid of anything worn out, too small, too big, or too uncomfortable.
- Create zones in your kitchen and get rid of useless gadgets and duplicates.
- Find easier ways to keep stuff organized in a way that makes sense to you!
- Get rid of stuff that is no longer useful to you.
- Stick with the storage you have and let is set the boundary of how much stuff you own.
You Have Too Much Stuff if You Can’t Find Anything
Have you ever looked for the tv remote or your car keys for more than 2 minutes? If you can’t find things that you use often that is a big sign that you have too much stuff!
This is not a problem with the actual space you live in. You have too much stuff, not enough space is not what’s hiding your keys.
All that visual clutter in your house is blinding you to things that are sitting right in front of you! You know it’s true!
Find a home for every item in your house. That way you will know where your keys are and where the remote is. It will save you tons of time.
If your stuff doesn’t fit in the home it has that you do have too much stuff, not enough space. But the space isn’t the problem. The stuff is the problem. Declutter till it fits in the space.
You Have Too Much Stuff If You Can’t Decide What to Wear
Do you have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear? That is because you are keeping clothes that don’t fit you, are worn out, aren’t your style anymore, or generally don’t make you feel fabulous!
You need to clean out your closet and get rid of anything that doesn’t make you feel great! For more tips read this article about cleaning out your closet like a minimalist.
Your Life is Controlled by Too Much Stuff If You Would Rather Eat Out
If your kitchen is full of cooking tools and your fridge is stocked but you are still calling for take-out you probably have kitchen claustrophobia. If you can’t pull out anything without moving something else and you aren’t even sure where the pan you need is then you probably have too much stuff in your kitchen!
You will need to declutter your kitchen by creating zones. Categorize your tools by whether you use them for cooking, baking, prepping or serving.
Let go of unnecessary single-use gadgets and duplicates.
Again you have solved the too much stuff, not enough space problem by getting rid of stuff you don’t need anyway!
You Have Too Much Stuff if You Bought Duplicates
Have you ever bought something that you absolutely needed and a week or two later found the one you already had? Your life is controlled by too much stuff if you can’t even remember what you have. That is a big waste of money, not to mention time and energy.
When your home is well organized and you know where things go you won’t forget what you have. If your home organization is not working for you check out these easy-to-maintain home organization ideas!
Every Counter is Covered with Stuff
When you look around your house and all your counters are covered with stuff you may think “I have too much stuff, not enough space.” But remember the space is not the problem. The stuff is the problem.
You might have too much stuff if you have no space to work! If every counter is covered with stuff it may be because you like to keep things “handy”. That means that you are making organization too hard and you don’t want to put things away.
Store things close to where you need them. Organize everything in a way that makes it easy to grab and easy to put away. That will make them “handy” but not in the way!
Your Cabinets and Drawers are Bursting
Is it hard to shut your dresser drawers? Do things fall out of your cabinets the moment you open them?
Isn’t that frustrating? Odds are there is just too many things inside them! And you probably don’t even know what you have in there so you are probably going to end up re-buying stuff you already have.
It is time to declutter your home. You need to start really looking through what you own and letting go of stuff you no longer need or use and pairing down on duplicate and triplicate items! Let me help you declutter without getting overwhelmed with my Fearless Decluttering E-book!
You Are Buying More Storage!
Have you ever wanted a bigger home? Did you settle for buying just a few more plastic bins? Are you paying a monthly bill for a storage shed? If you are buying more storage, dreaming of a bigger home, or paying for storage outside of your home then you have too much stuff.
It is time to get serious about decluttering your possessions because you will always fill more storage or a bigger home. You need to reverse the pattern or you will continue to fill up whatever space you are in.
When your storage solutions get full don’t get more storage solutions. Get rid of excess stuff.
Do you ever feel like you have too much stuff and not enough space? What do you think the solution is? Please share in the comments below!
STOP Letting Too Much Stuff Control Your Life! Break Free!
If you have been overwhelmed with too much stuff, now is the time to act! It’s time to reclaim your space because you do have enough! You just have to see that you have too much stuff and do something about it!
Let me help you declutter your home and keep it clutter-free!
I have created a unique 3 phase decluttering process to help you address the reason you acquired soooo much stuff and then break free of it! I will help you overcome overwhelm and learn new habits so that the clutter never comes back!