Have you ever thought about what clutter might sound like? I imagine it to be a loud hum, kind of like a machine that won’t turn off. Always there, in the background, irritating you to the point where you just want to scream. Or run out of the house. You can think of clutter as visual noise; as distracting as having a vacuum cleaner running for hours on end. You can’t think when you hear that noise, just as you can’t think when you’re looking at all of that visual noise; clutter. It’s exhausting listening to noise all the time. As humans, we crave silence, if for no other reason than to give ourselves time to think and enjoy the peace. I’ve had clients tell me that after we’ve cleared a space, they just feel so much more at peace, calm, relaxed. It’s as if the noise was turned off in that space.
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Clutter can stifle your creativity, lead to depression and anxiety and cause discord in relationships with your loved ones, whether they live with the clutter or not. I’ve heard from significant others that when their homes were cleared of the clutter, their relationship with my client improved almost immediately. They were both relieved to have the stuff out so they could focus on what was truly important in their lives; each other, or family.
How would your life change if you didn’t hear the visual noise in your home? Would you be able to do the things you wanted, when you wanted, where you wanted? What would that feel like?