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Wednesday, January 04 2017

When was the last time you looked around your home?  I mean, when was the last time you looked closely at your possessions and evaluated them?

When we have lived in the same home for a long period of time, we tend to not see the clutter that is "hiding in plain sight".

Our homes can have everything in its place and still be cluttered.  Some of those items which are well organized are actually things we can do without.  However, they go unnoticed.  

One example might be an old music system.  So many of us listen to music these days online and have downloaded our CD's onto our computer or an ipod and we no longer pull out a CD to listen to our favorite tunes.  So why are we holding onto those CD's?

Another example are books.  When was the last time you looked at your collection?  Perhaps your taste has changed.  Perhaps you have read a certain book several times and will not be reading them again. Perhaps you got some books as gifts and felt bad about getting rid of them.  Perhaps you now have a Kindle or other electronic reader and use it now, instead of reading a physical book. So now, they are just taking up space on a bookshelf, collecting dust. 

How about those collectibles?  I see this all the time when working with my clients.  Whether its stuffed animals, antique model cars, Precious Moments, etc., they might be collecting dust and no longer appreciated.  When was the last time you really looked at your collection(s) and appreciated them?

Other types of hidden clutter that might not be in plain sight but still are accumulating could be pantry items you never use, holiday decorations stored in a bin you never pull out and most commonly, old paperwork. (I once met someone who had old paystubs dating back to the 1960's which he kept in his attic.)  

Sometimes we have clutter we purposely chose to hide. Many people have never-given gifts hiding out in the back of a closet or on shelves in a basement.  Some have gifts they received and feel guilty about getting rid of. 

Although this hidden clutter might not seem as problematic as the more obvious clutter, it can be worth tackling.

Selling some of those items will give you financial benefit while making someone else happy who wants to use them.

Keeping your spaces uncluttered makes it easier to clean, easier to move items around and easier to find storage space for the things we really do want to keep.

So, what clutter are you hiding in plain sight?


Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 11:22 am   |  Permalink   |  5 Comments  |  Email
Isn't it funny how we just get used to our stuff and really stop considering if it is adding value? How many pieces of clothing have I held onto and never worn? Driving to clear the clutter is freeing and beneficial in all these ways you've pointed out!
Posted by Seana Turner on 01/09/2017 - 05:51 PM
It often takes a 'fresh set of eyeballs' to spot the hidden clutter in one's home. I feel like that's one of the things we do as Professional Organizers--our clients just can't see it and it's our job to recognize it and help them make decisions about it.
Posted by Stacey Agin Murray on 01/09/2017 - 09:40 PM
Absolutely! One of the things I enjoy most about what I do!
Posted by Audrey on 01/09/2017 - 11:30 PM
It certainly is easy to become "clutterblind" because we just get so used to things being in a certain place. That is why I like to clear the space & then put back only a few of the items--my true favorites. You used a great graphic for this blog!!
Posted by Olive Wagar on 01/30/2017 - 05:15 PM
Thanks Olive!
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 01/30/2017 - 05:59 PM

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