WHY Clutter Overwhelms YOU and What To DO About It

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by CLUTTER – and flat-out paralyzed by the mess – Le me tell ya… You are NOT alone!

We all know clutter is overwhelming, but have you ever wondered WHY clutter overwhelms YOU and why YOU can’t seem to deCRAPify your STUFF?

If you’re like me, I bet I can narrow it down to ONE BIG mental ROADBLOCK that keeps clutter an on-going source of stress, anxiety and overwhelm.

WHY Clutter Overwhelms YOU and What To DO About It

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A lot of the decluttering process starts inside YOU.

For example, the reason why we NEVER use BOXES to declutter is a simple mindset change that can make or break your decluttering efforts.

But let’s jump all the way to the beginning of our issues with clutter.

WHY is clutter everywhere?

WHY is clutter overwhelming ME?

This might surprise you, but if you stop and really think about it, you’ll probably realize that one simple thought process is holding you back too.

It all comes down to this one thought process:


And that thought process happens without you even realizing what just happened.

Let me explain how it works for me…

I walk into the kitchen.


I KNOW I need to clean it up, BUT…

I start looking around… and then…


I am instantly SUPER overwhelmed with ALL that needs to be done.

So then…

I end up doing NOTHING.

My brain has two modes…

Do it ALL.

Or do NOTHING at all.

There is no in-between when a task is overwhelming for me.

It took me a LONG TIME to re-train my brain to see a BIG project as a bunch of smaller, DO-ABLE projects.

Clutter is overwhelming because you see it ALL – you can’t decide where to start, or HOW to start…

and then NOTHING gets done.

Rinse and repeat this scenario for days, weeks… months…. YEARS…

and that’s when things get really bad – and not just the state of your home, but how YOU feel about YOU.

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Bottom line:

That All or NOTHING roadblock is one of the 13 major barriers to decluttering – if not THE biggest barrier.

Next time you walk in a cluttered room and feel that All or NOTHING “devil on your shoulder” start talking…

Check yourself.

ASK yourself why you’re not doing ANYTHING at ALL.

It’s totally OK to do one little thing…

throw 10 things away…

put 5 dishes in the dishwasher…

put 2 shirts away…

make your bed…

any little action taken is one step CLOSER to removing overwhelming clutter from your life…

AND feeling better about yourself in the process.

It’s not ALL.

It’s not NOTHING.

It IS…


You got this!

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My House Was a MESS!
And my anxiety was through the roof!

I needed a plan to get it together - it was all pushing me over the edge.

Thing is - we LIVE here... I never had the fantasy that my home would ever look "Pinterest perfect".

I simply wanted more control, less clutter and much less anxiety.

I finally found something that worked for ME.
  • My house is now easier to clean - I can now clean it in minutes, instead of hours.
  • I can now actually FIND the things I'm looking for.
  • I learned some simple decluttering systems that make me much more efficient every day - and I'm more relaxed and less overwhelmed all the time (finally)
  • My house now looks pretty darn good almost all the time.
  • Best of all - I no longer stress about guests unexpectedly showing up.
Turns out, it was so much easier to do than I ever expected.

This is how I did it.

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