Decluttering Challenges: How to Overcome Common Household Clutter Obstacles

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Have you ever found yourself looking around your house, wondering how you’ve managed to accumulate so much stuff? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are plenty of people in the world who find themselves drowning in clutter. Because we all love our material things. But sometimes they pile up quicker than we can keep them organised. 

We’re exploring the challenges of decluttering for non-minimalists and how to overcome them without losing your sanity.

The Clutter Culprits

So you open your wardrobe door and find it filled with clothes, shoes and accessories in complete disarray. 

Well, the first step towards conquering clutter is understanding where it comes from. Common culprits of belongings that pile up include clothing, paperwork, sentimental items and more. Initially harmless on their own, they seem to have a secret power; the ability to multiply when you’re not paying attention!

So what can you do about it?

The Emotional Attachment Challenge

Ah yes, sentimental clutter. The biggest challenge faced by all non-minimalists. 

It can be difficult to let go of items that carry important memories, but holding onto them contributes to a more cluttered home. It’s time to break free from attachments and keep only what truly matters. Remember that it’s the memories themselves that hold value not the objects associated with them.

Decision-Making Paralysis

Even the most courageous declutterer can become paralysed when faced with the dilemma of deciding whether to keep or toss something.

The secret to overcoming this indecisiveness is establishing criteria. Ask yourself “Have I used this within the last year?” If not, it’s probably time to bid a fond farewell. Remember, having fewer possessions means less-stress when making big decisions.

The ‘But I Might Need It’ Dilemma

We all have items that we’re sure will come in handy someday. But, lets be honest, how often do you truly use that just in case item? 

To tackle this dilemma designate an area for potentially useful things. Once that space is full it’s time to let go of something if you want to add a new item. If you’re really struggling with this, look into self-storage options. That way you can hold onto things for longer without sacrificing your personal space. 

Tackling Larger Clutter Projects

Are you avoiding that cleanup task in your attic or garage?

Large areas filled with clutter can be really quite intimidating. But they still need doing! To make them more manageable, break it down into bite-sized tasks. For example, focus on one shelf or corner at a time. Give yourself an afternoon for a small task then re-assess once you’ve completed it. Consider inviting a friend for support and treat yourselves to a deserved reward afterward.

Maintaining a Clutter-Free Home

Once you’ve successfully tackled the chaos, maintaining your newly clutter-free haven is the real challenge. 

Start by establishing some simple weekly routines to keep things organised. Make tidying up a joint effort within your family or seek out an accountability partner. Remember, maintaining a home is a long term commitment and not just a quick fix. It’ll take some time finding a formula that works for you. 


There you have it, a plan for conquering the persistent clutter that manages to invade our lives. Remember, decluttering doesn’t actually mean giving up everything you cherish. It just means holding onto what matters and letting go of the rest. 

So put on your decluttering superhero cape and get ready to reclaim your space!