Are You "Clutter Blind"?
So there you are, going about your life, doing your normal everyday routine when all of a sudden you get a phone call. Your friends are going to quickly stop by to say “hi’’. It seems harmless, I mean you adore your friends and you would love them to say hi… but YOU’VE GOTTA CLEAN UP. You didn’t even realize your place was messy until the idea of someone else seeing the mess came up. Now it’s like… how fast can I throw these piles into a closet and make this place look semi-presentable?!
Sound familiar? You can also change the scenario to your car, your bedroom, and definitely your closet. So why don’t we realize it’s a problem until the idea of someone else seeing it pops up?
Girl, you are clutter blind.
Yea, it’s a real thing! Let’s chat about it. We get so familiar with our own clutter that we don’t notice it anymore. Something about looking at your home with fresh eyes, almost putting ourselves in the shoes of the person coming over makes us realize that in fact, we actually do have to clean that up.
I want to be completely transparent with you, and let you know that I too have experienced clutter blindness. Especially with my car or the occasional pile of papers that I know I have to find a home for. For me, it has a lot to do with the idea that I’ll just clean it up later. But that later never happens because… LIFE. But I have been actively trying to change this habit for myself. I know first hand and from clients what having a cluttered space can do for your mind. This is not to say that it’s not ok to be a human and have messes. Believe me, I know that too.
But wouldn’t it be great to not even get to the point of clutter blindness? Is there a way to change this habit and make it so the clutter doesn’t even happen for you to be blind to?
The answer to this is tricky because… like we’ve discussed you are blind to it, essentially meaning you don’t notice it. So how can we change a habit we don’t realize is happening? But I have faith in you, and below are three suggestions that have been working for me personally, that I think will be a great place to start.
3 Ways to Combat Clutter Blindness
Have an organized system for things to be put away. If everything has a home, it’s much easier to put it where it needs to go, making clean up a breeze.
Take care of it right away. Whatever it is, don’t let it sit up waiting to be read, folded, or put away. The longer you wait, the more of an issue it becomes when really, it’ll probably take 10 minutes tops. We make these tasks seem bigger and bigger in our head then they really are.
Designate 1 hour every week to do nothing but clean up the spots that can get cluttered for you. For example, the junk drawer (everyone has one), mail pile, clothes that you didn’t have a chance to hang up, etc.
So I’d love to know, do you think you experience “clutter blindness”? What about if you live with someone else? Is that a whole other story? haha What snaps you out of your clutter blindness? Let’s continue this conversation below in the comments! I’d love to hear your take on this!