How much stuff is too much depends entirely on the person. But, if you feel like stuff has been dragging you down, it might be time to reassess your situation.
We tend to accurate stuff for different reasons, but sometimes more stuff might not be the best idea. The things that you thought would help you out ends up hurting you.
1. It’s Hard to Move Around
If you’re constantly tripping or having to jump over things, this either means that you’re either: A. extremely clumsy or B. you’ve got too much stuff. When stuff becomes a physical barrier (link to change your environment), it becomes a danger to your health and safety. Especially if you’ve got older people in your house, people could get seriously hurt. Luckily, most people don’t get to the extreme version of this like on the TV show Hoarders, but most of us can still experience this in smaller quantities. Maybe for you it’s that awkwardly placed table that you always stub your toe on. Maybe it’s those boxes that make it really hard to get through the doorway.
Exercise: Go around your house and move everything that gets in your way as you try to get from place to place. Hang up clothes or put them in drawers. Pick up any odds and ends and either get rid of them or put them where they’re supposed to go. If you’re having trouble organizing, take a look at: 6 Ways to Get Your Life Together and Get Organized.
2. Stuff Becomes a Mental Barrier
When your things are making you unhappy, it’s time to get rid of some of it. Your mental health should be your top priority. There’s a lot of benefits to having an environment that works for you. It can even help you be more creative.
When I have too many things or when my room is a mess, it makes me anxious. It’s as if I can’t function the same way if I’m drowning in stuff. So I always put in the effort to keep my room orderly when my stuff starts to drag me down.
Exercise: if you want to determine if your stuff has become a mental barrier, go around your house. If the amount of stuff or mess in any place gives you a feeling of dread, then it may be time to declutter.
3. You Have a Lot of Things That You Don’t Use
If you’ve got a lot of stuff that you haven’t used in months or even years, it’s likely that you have too many things. If they’ve been sitting on a shelf for years, ask yourself: why do you have them?
Think of it this way, there’s a lot of people that would really appreciate the things that you don’t or won’t need. You could always donate or give away your things, if you don’t want to throw it away.
Exercise: Try going around your house and finding things that you haven’t used in a long time. Access if you really need them. If not, get rid of it. I recommend The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up if you get more emotionally attached to items or if you want to get rid of a lot of things.
4. You’re Embarrassed to Invite People Over
If the thought of having your friends and family over embarrasses you, it’s time for a change. If your house is a jungle gym for guests or if the thought of people coming over fills you with dread, you can do something about it. Stuff shouldn’t cause your social life.
Exercise: If you have too much stuff, try getting rid of what you don’t need. However, for this to work, you might also have to change your spending habits. You could get rid of as many things as you want, but if you’re always bringing more in, your efforts will be for not.
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