7 Decluttering Myths and Misconceptions Debunked

Decluttering can be mystifying for most people. There are a ton of myths surrounding the topic, all of which keep people from doing the work. It’s time to debunk the myths. Watch us debunk seven decluttering myths and misconceptions below.

Your Professional Organizer Is Judging You

A professional organizer has probably seen far worse than your home. While they may not have seen anything to the extent of the TV show Hoarders, most professionals from decluttering services understand that people are all in different places in their life.

The fact that you’re even calling on them says a lot about how much you care for your home organization. So don’t be embarrassed. Look at the situation for what it is: the organizers understand that your home might need some work, and they’re fully prepared to help you get it back in tip-top shape. They know that people are busy. People have jobs and children, which can take time away from organizing. Some people just don’t want to go about decluttering alone. Whatever your reasons are, the professionals are ready, willing, and able to help without passing judgment.

You may also think they’ll judge you because they assume you won’t stay organized. The truth is that no one stays 100-percent organized 24-7. Asking for a helping hand is perfectly natural. To be clear, anyone may have trouble organizing because life can get away from them. Keep these things in mind, and many of the blocks associated with allowing professional organizers into your home will vanish.

Empty Space Isn’t Good

The problem with this misconception is that it doesn’t consider all the trends that have come out using the simplicity of emptiness and negative space. There are a ton of different organizational schemas that you wouldn’t even be open to if you didn’t want any empty space in your home.

Beyond not closing the door on your interior design options, you probably want to leave room for future growth. You’re likely going to accrue new items in the future. Even if you keep your home tidy, there might be something you like in the future, and you’ll need somewhere to put it. Trust your instincts. 

Minimalism Is Always the Way To Go

While you’ll want to leave some room for your things, the trend of minimalism isn’t for everyone. Minimalism is a lifestyle and an interior design choice that uses negative space to create a clean, streamlined look in your home. While minimalism can be good for some people, it’s not right for everyone. Decluttering is about striking a balance between getting rid of what you don’t want and keeping the things you do.

As stated, some people love minimalism, but sometimes, it can leave you bored or restless. Some minimalists can be extreme, so it’s always wise to do things in moderation. Create a balanced living space that’s not too empty or too cluttered, and you’ll feel comfortable.

You Don’t Need a Pro Organizer  

It’s okay to get a little help. If you find yourself to be habitually messy, it may be time to get a professional to help you. Let’s focus on what they can do for you. A professional organizer can help you determine what you need and don’t need and what you should put away. They can divide your home into active and passive zones so that everything you need is in front of you, and you can easily find what you don’t need right away. They can declutter your digital spaces overall and help you figure out what you want to take with you if you’re looking to move. Professional organizers from decluttering services are a great boon, so don’t pass up the opportunity to call them.

Decluttering Is Only for Type-A People

Everyone should declutter their home. A messy apartment harms your mental well-being. On top of that, it can be physically unsafe. Too much clutter is a fire hazard. Beyond getting you in trouble with your landlord, it can also lead to negativity and an overall decrease in emotional well-being. These things apply to anyone. Therefore, if you want to lessen stress, a good first step is to create a clean home.

You should also note that some Type-A people have clutter problems too. Most Type-A people have busy lives and can’t clean the way they should because of other obligations. Their need to control everything can lead them to a sort of “controlled chaos” where they know where everything is. But from the outside looking in, it can be clear that their space could use a serious makeover.

You Can Start Anywhere

It helps if you have a solid plan for what you want to tackle first. If not, you’re liable to become overwhelmed and quit. When a professional organizer comes to your home, the first thing they show you is their “battleplan.” This includes which spaces and items they want to tackle after the initial consultation. You should also have a plan since some areas are more challenging to deal with than others.

Do you want to “eat the frog” and blaze through the tougher areas first, or start small with something relatively easy? What items do you want to keep, and which do you want to get rid of? Do you want to donate your gently used items or throw them in the garbage? All these questions and more are pivotal if you want to finish successfully.

Organizing Takes Too Much Time

We need to debunk this misconception about decluttering. It doesn’t take that much time at all. No one is asking you to spend the entire day organizing—although you very well can. If it seems overwhelming, start bit by bit, room by room. You’ll see progress incredibly quickly.

You should note that people often spend lots of time looking for lost items. How long have you spent frantically looking for your keys so that you aren’t late for work? How many toys do you have to find for your children? Decluttering makes all the difference in these areas, as you’ll know where everything is and save time in your daily life.

In short, organizing your home requires precision and planning, but things should run smoothly once you have that in order. Determine how you want your home to look and put these myths aside. You’ll be glad you did.

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