The secret to eliminating hidden clutter: From baskets to basements : MINIMALIST

Thanks to a world full of storage units, larger houses and Rubbermaid, we are no longer forced to deal with our mess. We have countless ways to keep it and keep it for years. You can organize it in color-coded containers, baskets, and well-packed boxes, but it’s still cluttered.

The main problem with storing clutter instead of eliminating it is Hidden clutter is one of the most difficult types of clutter to deal with.

Once out of sight, it is far too easy to ignore it. “Out of the eyes, out of the head,” as the saying goes.

But it’s not completely crazy, is it? If you have a hidden problem with clutter, you will have these random thoughts or guilt feelings that surface.

Something like “Ugh, I really need to clean up the garage this weekend.” or “Wow, I couldn’t remember the basement looking so bad.”

If, like us, you throw money into the drain of a storage unit for years, you get in your way each month when you submit this payment.

The secret to eliminating hidden clutter

What is the secret to eliminating your hidden clutter problem?

Bring your hidden clutter into the light and take care of it NOW.

Don’t keep it hidden. Hidden disorder gets its power by remaining hidden.

If you don’t see your clutter for a long time, it will convince you:

1) Important things you have to hold on to


2) An overwhelming job that you don’t have time for

The good news is that this is often not the case at all. Just dive in and pack one box at a time. You will feel great as you progress and find that you hold onto many things that you do not need.

When we finally got rid of ours three Storage units, most of what was in it was senseless garbage. We donated about three quarters of it and threw it away. We brought a huge stack of boxes into the garage and just opened one by one until I was done. It didn’t feel good at the time, but it felt good when we were done!

You can do it too! Do you feel that guilt came up the last time you saw your attic? Do you avoid your basement at all costs? Are there just too many cute baskets and trash cans in your house full of things you hardly ever touch?

Where’s your hidden mess?

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Article originally published on 01/23/2012

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