Are you a compulsive collector who has too much stuff because you cannot bear to put worthless things in the garbage or throw anything away that is broken? Do you have to have all your possessions on show, and hence always have a dusty house because it is so difficult to clean? How do we help the proverbial pack rat?
Here are 5 steps to help Pack Rats free themselves from clutter and stress:
Step 1 – Act like you are about to move house. Take
everything out of the room. (Do this one room at a time or the clutter
bug just won’t cope!)
Step 2 – Bring back the most important things for
the room. For example in a living room, the sofa, couch, chairs, TV,
stereo, side tables
Step 3 – Work out where all the important things sit
in the space. Move them so the space flows and that you can move freely
around the room. Then sit down and have a look around, breathe in, how
do you feel? You should feel liberated. You will find that your chest
feels lighter; the air seems to flow better,
Step 4 – Start layering. Select a few things at a
time to bring back into the room to decorate with. Paintings, pictures, a
vase, a rug, lamps. Do it slowly and feel how the space is changing.
Pick out the best items that you want to show, don’t use all of them. It
is important that the room expresses your personality, but we don’t
need your whole life story in one room!
Step 5 – Stop! Yes, don’t keep going. Less is better
in a room. Put all the remaining items in storage until you are happy
with the new space. Then after a few weeks, sort through it all, keep
what is reusable, and donate the rest to a good charity or sell it on
You can do this; we can cure the pack rat in you and possibly create a
potential interior decorator out of you yet! Give it a go now!