What is Clutter Anyways?
Hi there, I’m Wendy and clutter fills my life! I don’t just mean the clutter that takes up space in your house for no reason either. What is clutter anyways? There are many forms of clutter that most of us have faced at one point or another in our lives. Let’s look at the definition of clutter to get an idea of what this word actually means in our lives.
Dictionary.com (2017) defines clutter as: “verb:
So let’s this about that for a moment shall we as we discuss a few forms of clutter we face on a regular basis.
In the Home
First of all, how many of you can say that you live with clutter in your home? Do you often find yourself gasping at the amount of objects in your home that serve no purpose other than to take up residence? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a room stressed out because I cannot find what I’m looking for. I look at sites like Pinterest and Instagram and see all these beautiful people with immaculately kept homes. Then I look at mine and want to throw everything out the window and start all over again.
To me, home clutter is basically anything inside the home that is not serving a purpose, creating joy in our lives, and helping us to live our lives to the fullest. Home clutter is something to get rid of before it overcomes us. Have you watched the TV series “Hoarders”? Although I can honestly say, that I’m not as cluttered as some of those on that show, if I don’t do something soon, I might be the next victim of hoarding myself.
In The Brain
Next, mind clutter is similar to home clutter, it just resides within your brain. Do you find yourself not being able to sleep at night because there are so many various thoughts running through your head? Here are just some of the things that go through my mind regularly:
- What did I forget to do today?
- What do I have planned tomorrow?
- Where has my life gone?
- What can I do to change my current situation?
- How am I going to get all these bills paid?
- Am I being the best parent I can be to my children?
- How could I have better handled that situation?
- Did I lock the doors?
- Did I give the pets their medicine?
These are just some of the questions and thoughts that might run through our heads at night. Like home clutter, mind clutter can be just as serious a detriment to our health and our lifestyle. We need to get it under control so that we can live out the rest of our lives in happiness and contentment.
In the Body
Finally, our body hold a lot of clutter. We may not pay much attention to this, but it’s really one of the most important pieces of clutter we need to deal with to remain healthy. Body clutter takes many forms, from eating junk food and not getting enough exercise, to filling out heads with negative thoughts about ourselves. This type of clutter can leave us in a bad shape. Having too much body clutter can lead to obesity, depression, diabetes and other horrible diseases, self-doubt, and a low self-esteem, not to mention many other even more serious side effects.
These are just a few types of clutter than affect many people. I’m certain there are more types of clutter we can think of if we put our mind to it. But these, to me, are some of the most important ones. If we can combat these types we can continue to work on the other forms as well.
What to do about Clutter
Now that you have a good understanding of “What is Clutter Anyways,” together we can work to rid ourselves of all forms of clutter in our lives. This is why I have created this blog – to help us all rid our lives of the unwanted clutter. I hope you will continue on this journey to freedom of clutter with me.
What types of clutter do you face regularly? I’d love to hear from you.