How to identify clutter?
So you‘re ready to de-clutter and release stress but to do that you've got to be able to identify which items in your home are truly clutter, and it's not always easy to identify clutter. Therefore, I have listed below five criteria to help you decide.
1. It isn’t just trash – it could be cheap or expensive, sentimental or throw away
We may have this preconceived notion of clutter being trash that fills our homes, and that we don't care about it at all. While trash is most certainly clutter, it could be almost anything because it’s insidious, it could also be the most expensive antiques. So when you are in the process of indentifying clutter, don’t overlook something jut on the basis of its cost of purchase. I like to use the word "could" because what is really clutter in your home is such a subjective matter. You may have come across this English idiom “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
The same thing goes for antiques and family heirlooms. These items may be very expensive or valuable (or not, they could just have emotional ties or sentimental value), but don't discount these from not being clutter. Unfortunately, these items which were provided with love in mind may only clutter up your home, taking away the joy the gift was intended to bring.
All these factors makes it very hard to get your mind around, doesn't it? But what you should be asking yourself is, are you able to value it; cherish it in this moment?