I have experienced examples lately on how clutter can lead to disorganisation which in turn causes more clutter. Actually, in the cases I am thinking of, the clutter is useful and used stuff but in such abundance that it ends up scattered making itemsÂ hard to find. This can then lead to acquiring more of the same because of the mistaken idea that things have run out.
Of course this isn’t something new to me, I have written about it more than once already. However it is worth a repeat mention on a regular basis. My own craft supplies can get like this at times. Usually due to the fact that I like to use up every square inch of paper or cardstock that I have, so I punch shapes from the little leftovers which build up if I don’t make a concerted effort to incorporate them into a card design. Also sharing supplies between friends can leadÂ to the organisation of lots of little bits of this and that gettingÂ out of control. I am making that concerted effort to use up or consolidate such items at them moment.
But enough about my own example as I have encountered far worse in my travels. When it comes to supplies of any kind I have found it best to allocate a space for such things and be determined to confine my supplies to always fit within that space. As soon as there is an overflow, storage of like items become scattered. When required the first place to look is the usual location, and then it gets tricky, because you then have to remember where else you stashed the stuff. Inevitably the conclusion is arrived at that you are indeed out of a supply and a replacement is acquired. Then as sure as snow is white, the others shows up when searching for something else soon after.
In the case of large pantries things get lost behind other stuff. I find this is especially so if you are inclined to stock up on sale items of frequently used food stuffs. Inevitably these items end up at the forefront while less used items get shuffled back. Then on the rare occasion when the less used stuff is required it is so hard to find that a replacement is acquired. Thus cluttering up the pantry even more with things going out of date before ever getting used up. This is especially so if more than just grocery items are stored in a largeÂ pantry. Add paper towel, food wraps, medications, appliances, utensils, shopping bags etc and things can get really out of control.Â Being disorganised has its own cost on your time and sanity, so weigh up the pros and cons of whether cost savings are really worth it.
Then there is wardrobe overflow. Too many clothes equals not enough space in your closet, thenÂ items get stored inÂ whateverÂ spare space is available. When there is an abundance of clothingÂ one can also get rather blasÃ© about the necessity of regular laundering.Â Then when an item is needed, especially a work related item, it isn’t unusual for itÂ not to be in immediate wearable condition. This is bad enough when the item needs ironing when you need to be out the door in ten minutes, but imagine the panic that sets in when an item is soiled beyond use in this situation. My experience is that a limited, organised assortment of clothingÂ forces more attention on to the care of them, which generally results in keeping better control of their rotation through your wardrobe.
So think twice about overstocking. It really canÂ add complication to your life that you may not even notice until you feel the relief when it is gone. If you don’t believe me try reducing in a small area ~perhapsÂ your stationery supplies or your bathroom cabinet ~ and just see how much easier it is to keep the areaÂ tidy, find what you need and not waste time choosing when less variety is available.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter an item fromÂ a bedroom of your home.
â€œIf we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think weâ€™d beÂ happy withÂ more?â€ â€” Unknown
Eco Tip for the Day
Save on waste by not allow perishable supplies to go out of date in your home. The best way to achieve this is by not stocking an overabundance.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow