Why Clutter Clearing Can Feel Impossible

Simply + Fiercely

I can remember a time when clearing clutter felt impossible. One memory in particular stands out: sitting on my floor late at night, surrounded by piles of clothes with tears streaming down my face. I was just so tired.

I’ve worked with hundreds of women from around the world who feel the same way — like decluttering was an impossible task they could never surmount — but for most, this just isn’t true.

Here’s what I know about decluttering, why it feels impossible, and most importantly, how to move forward with letting go.

Decluttering is NOT like spring cleaning, and the problem was not my lack of effort. Instead, it was a lack of curiosity and compassion.

You‘re focusing on the wrong problem

If you have a lot of stuff, going through hundreds of items, one by one, is a recipe for failure. Our brains can only make so many quality decisions before they throw in the towel.

Most decluttering advice leaves you feeling overwhelmed

Stuff we can’t let go because there’s still no closure. It turns out the key to decluttering most items is processing the emotions that are stored inside them. And that’s not possible if we pretend they don’t exist.

Clutter is often a placeholder for difficult feelings

You’ll never have 100% certainty when it comes to decluttering. But you can believe in yourself and know that whatever the future holds, you can deal with it.

You crave certainty and fear making the wrong decisions

I invite you to check out  Clear Your Clutter, my group decluttering program. I teach a heart-centred approach that addresses both the practical and emotional sides of decluttering.

How to Finally Clear Your Clutter

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