Your home is your safe space. It’s where you relax, make memories with your family, and spend the majority of your time. However, it can also become a place of stress and overwhelm when too much stuff gets accumulated.
If you are tidy by nature perhaps you enjoy a routine declutter, but if you feel like you don’t have an organizing bone in your body (don’t worry, you aren’t alone) then it could take months or years before you feel the need to make a change in your home.
So how do you know when it’s time to declutter? We’ve compiled a list of telltale signs that you should not ignore.
7 Signs It’s Time to Get Organized
Feeling Stressed & Overwhelmed
Let’s be honest with work, family, chores, extracurricular activities, and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. However, your home should not be one of the things that adds to your stress.
As we mentioned above, your home should be your place to rest and recuperate. It should be where you can relax. If you feel stressed or anxious the minute you walk through the door, then it’s a good indication that your space could be the cause.
No Company Allowed
Do you keep putting off having family and friends over? Are you nervous about them seeing the state of your home? This can be another sign that it’s time to declutter.
Can’t Find What you Need
There is nothing more frustrating than searching for something that you know you have but are unable to find. If you spend time constantly searching for items in your home or waiting days for items to show back up, this is a great clue that decluttering is needed.
You Buy Things you Already Have
If you aren’t able to see the things you know you have, chances are you will end up buying the same things again and again. Not only does this mean you have more things and less space, but it also means that you are wasting money on duplicate items.
You Purchase Organizing Products Often
When we have a problem, we actively search out a solution. The same holds true for our belongings. It is common for clients that have too much stuff in their home, to run out and purchase many organizing bins and supplies to solve the problem. And while we’ll be the first to admit that we LOVE organizing products, they aren’t always the solution.
When you have too much stuff, it doesn’t matter how many organizing bins you have. It won’t solve the problem.
No Clear Surfaces
When was the last time you saw your kitchen countertops or dining room table? If most of your table tops are covered, you have no usable space. Are your kids able to have a spot to complete homework? Are you able to comfortably sit around the table for dinner with your family? If not, this is a clear sign it’s time to declutter.
Thinking About Hiring an Organizer
If you have been considering hiring a Professional Organizer to help you declutter and organize your home, then it may be just the right time. It’s common to feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin. A Professional Organizer will work with you to help you decide what you would like to keep and get rid of, as well as designate a “home” for each of your items.
One of the many fears people have about hiring an organizer is thinking that they will make them get rid of all their stuff. However, that is not the case. It is your home, your things. You get to make the decisions. Not sure if hiring an organizer is the right decision for you? Check out our past blog where we share answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Don’t Ignore the Signs
If you feel one or more of these signs resonate with you, it may be time to consider decluttering or hiring a pro to help. Life is busy and there is nothing wrong with asking for help to reclaim your calm, relaxing home environment. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help!