Struggling with Clutter in Your Small Living Space

When it’s time to move on from your dorm or your not-so-big apartment, that transition may prove to be difficult. We have all this stuff but nowhere to put it. The definition of clutter is to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness. Not only can clutter have negative effects on the property, but it can also affect the mind. Despite one’s best intentions, piles of “stuff” can take up valuable territory — physically and even emotionally.

Despite one’s best intentions, piles of “stuff” can take up valuable territory — physically and even emotionally. Here are some reasons your living space may be in disarray:

  • Uncertainty of What Constitutes as Clutter: The definition of clutter varies from person to person. However, a good rule of thumb is that if an item is broken or not useful, aesthetically pleasing or sentimental, it might be time to donate or toss it.
  • Inability to Let Go: Many people tend to hold on to a specific piece of clothing or home item if it’s sentimental, a gift or being saved for a just-in-case event. Emotions can make belongings feel irreplaceable, but you should recognize when something is ready to go.
  • Lack of Organizational Routine: Most clutter piles get bigger simply because they become part of the general landscape. By implementing a functional routine, cleaning could become second nature and clutter won’t have time to accumulate.
  • Impulse Shopping: Impulse buying can be a recipe for disaster. Don’t buy sale items or hobby supplies if you’re not sure where to store them or when they’ll be used. Buying on impulse may give instant gratification, but it probably won’t help you in the long run.

When the lease or contract is finally signed on your new home, it’s important to analyze your living style and determine how the physical space can help you, not work against you. To learn more about the psychological effects of clutter and what you can do to combat it, check out our resource below!

Scroll to Top