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How do you know when you have too much stuff?

Bec and Tara don't really like using the words "right" or "wrong" when talking about the volume of people's belongings. Everyone is so different - we all have different sized homes, different personalities in our household and different tolerance levels for clutter.

 

A better way to describe volume levels is to call them "helpful" or "unhelpful".

 

In this week's episode Bec and Tara discuss how to work out if you have unhelpful or helpful volumes of belongings, so that you can make some changes that make your life safer and happier!

Show notes:

What is helpful?

  • Allows you to feel comfortable at home

  • Doesn’t cause waste

  • Doesn’t cost more than you can afford

  • Doesn’t damage any property

  • Doesn’t cause safety hazard (trips, falls, mould, rodents)

  • Doesn’t cause family conflict

What is unhelpful?

  • When you don’t want to be at home

  • When you don't feel comfortable inviting people over

  • When you buy duplicates because you can’t find your stuff

  • Wasting time searching for things you know are in your house somewhere

  • Causes stress or anxiety

  • If you don't care about your stuff. People with fewer possessions take greater care of what they have 

  • When you need to rent space off-site to store household belongings 

 

How can we maintain a helpful volume?

  • Container Concept: Use natural limits to determine how much stuff you can have. 

  • Set boundaries or rules for acquisition

  • 'One in one out'

  • Only replace items as they wear-out or break

  • Declutter regularly

  • Keep a box or bag for items to go as you handle them

  • Make a time to revisit your decluttering - spring time for clothing, long weekends for the garage etc

  • Declutter before you move - always!