Too Much or Too Little?

by Deirdre Schlueter
(California )

How much decluttering is too much decluttering? How much decluttering is too little decluttering?

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Sep 20, 2015
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Spot On
by: Cheryl

I agree 100% with Sheri. Some of my rooms are clutter free and others feel like I'm hoarding. I'm the one that holds onto everything because someone special gave it to me or it has a childhood memory attached to it.

Aug 26, 2015
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by: Sheri

I'm so glad you found it helpful Deirdre. Good luck with your decluttering journey. I'm happy to help in any way that I can!

Aug 24, 2015
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Thank you
by: Deirdre Schlueter

Thank you for your post Sheri. Your input is really helpful. I like the idea that if you walk into a room and it brings you stress you know you haven't decluttered enough. I also like the idea that if your spending too much time decluttering and it interferes with the your family life or other things you have to do, your doing too much decluttering. I started on my decluttering journey a couple of months ago. I am still not were I would like to be. Hopefully someday I will get there. Thank you for your help Sheri.

Aug 24, 2015
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by: Sheri

Great questions! I'll start with the first one.

I do believe there can be such a thing as too much decluttering. I would consider decluttering to be excessive in any of the following circumstances: 1) If a person is forced to buy replacements for things they got rid of because those items were still needed. 2)If a person's home becomes sparse and lacks character because so much has been removed. 3)If a person is neglecting other important aspects of their life, such as time spent with family, in order to pursue their passion for decluttering. 4) If it is painful to maintain the level of organization that has been instituted because it is so ultra-specific. 5) If decluttering is causing unnecessary stress or having a negative impact on interpersonal relationships. These are all examples of ways in which decluttering can be taken too far and become counterproductive.

My first thought when asked 'how much decluttering is to little?' is that there is always more decluttering to do! This is because stuff is constantly getting out of place and new stuff has a way of piling up. I would say that you've done too little decluttering if: 1)You feel stress when you walk into the space. 2) You can't find what you need when you need it. 3) You regularly purchase items you already own because you can't find them. 4) You are embarrassed to show the space to other people. 5) You can't use the space in the way that is intended or in the way you would like because of all the clutter.

I hope you find these guidelines useful in determining the proper amount of decluttering to do. Thanks for submitting a question. Happy decluttering!

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