It's super hard to stay organized if you have clutter hanging around your home that really shouldn't be there. The best thing to do is to get rid of all the things you don't need, use, or love. Sounds simple enough, right?
Well, the concept is pretty simple, but when it comes to getting rid of clutter, some things are really hard to let go. You know you don't use the item and probably should pass it on to someone else, but it seems sad to let it go.
What type of clutter is the hardest for to get rid of?
There's no right or wrong answer to the question, but I think most often the clutter that trips us up the most is what I call “aspirational clutter.” These are things we hope to use someday or wish we used (but we really don't).
One common item that falls into this category is exercise equipment. Maybe you bought it with the best of intentions and want to use the equipment regularly, but it's been doing nothing but gathering dust for two years.
Maybe it's the CDs you bought to help you learn a foreign language or the cake decorating tools you bought with the intention of learning how to decorate cakes. Getting rid of those things is so hard because you have to admit that you really don't have the time or desire for that activity in your life right now. It's a little like letting go of a dream.
For me it was the Project Life scrapbooking supplies that I finally donated last year. I thought I want to be a scrapbooker and it seemed like a simple way to document life, so I bought some supplies. I made about two layouts, and then they sat untouched for 2 years! I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them because I had spent good money on them and I really wanted to be a scrapbooker. I had to face the fact that as much as I like the idea of documenting life in that way, it just isn't something that's a priority in my life right now.
However, even though it's hard, letting go is the best thing to do. When you looking at those aspirational items, do they really bring you any value or even joy? Most likely you simply feel guilt and sadness when you look at them. Letting them go will free up both space and mental energy to focus on the things you are doing right now.
Also, letting something go is not saying “never,” but instead it's saying “not now.” I may someday have the time and energy for scrapbooking, but not right now. I want to free up space and energy for the things I am doing right now.
I also talked about this topic on a recent Periscope (www.periscope.tv/iheartplanners) that I'd like to share with you here:
I don't want you to just read this and nod your head in agreement. I want you to take action. So, come to our Facebook group (or just leave a comment below if you'd prefer), and let us know what aspirational clutter you have that you're getting rid of.