“The things you own end up owning you.”
-Tyler Durden, Fight Club
Did you know that the average home size in the US has more than doubled in recent years? According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average new home was only 983 square feet in 1950 – compared with 2,349 square feet in 2004! And yet we *still* often have trouble stuffing everything we own into our houses. With all that extra space, it’s getting harder than ever to organize everything we own as well. Our culture has embraced bigger is better, more is better.
Recently though, there’s been a backlash. You’ve probably seen it as well: simplifying away from the inconsequential many – and getting back to the important few. Have you also felt the need to get back to what really matters? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the task of organizing – and decluttering – all the stuff you own?
Imagine working in a clean, organized work environment where you can find things easily – and have clear space to get what you need done. I’ve found that knowing where everything is, and keeping my home and work space free from clutter helps me concentrate better and be more productive.
This article is broken into 3 parts:
- How To Declutter and Organize Your Home
- How To Let Go Of Individual Items – a.k.a. Common Reasons We Hold On To Stuff
- A Philosophical Discussion – Why Do You Have Clutter?