Fiona Finn

Are you a Hoarder or Just Messy?

‘A hoarder saves items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces.’

I am sure you have seen programmes on tv about extreme hoarders. If you are still reading this then I imagine that this topic resonates with you!

Signs you may be a Hoarder:

Holding onto items without any practical reason to have them. Do you hold onto every book, box and magazine that you buy? It could even be stacks of bills and paperwork. 

And when you look at the items do you notice yourself saying ‘I better keep that I may need it someday’

Difficulty parting with items and a sense of overwhelm.

Every item we own has an emotional element to it and is a reminder of a memory or time in our life both happy and sad and every emotion in between.

Sometimes the overwhelm can be the sense of possible loss if you give an item away. There is an element of discomfort stepping out of the comfort zone and the familiar.

And yet sorting through all your stuff can be truly liberating. When you are surrounded by less items it is possible to have a sense of contentment that enhances your physical and emotional wellbeing.

You will become more clear-headed and focussed. There will be space for you to reconnect with your inner self and with dreams and wishes forgotten. Is now the time to rebuild your dreams.

So for today I will leave you with this question to ponder:

What are you ready to let go of that will open up the space for new and better to come into your life?

De-clutter Your Life - The Joy of Living

What if you could have more joy in your life? What if it can be as easy as de-cluttering the space you live in?

When you walk into your home how does it make you feel?

The word clutter can send most people into total overwhelm. And this overwhelm can be the reason many people don’t even get started in the first place. It’s too stressful and they don’t know where to start!

This is where many people expect me to start talking about checklists and even as I write this I would rather stand on my head than start filling out a checklist just now!!

Simplicity is key here. First let’s look at the effects of clutter in your life.

How does Clutter affect you?

It increases stress levels.

Clutter is a time-waster! At home and in the office how often have you spent hours of valuable time searching for missing information or items?

You feel stuck professionally, creatively, spiritually, and/ or romantically stuck.

Clutter in the kitchen can cause us to be disorganised with food and cooking and eating healthy. Clearing the clutter here will make space for ease with food choices and cooking.

Clutter in the bedroom can cause lack of sleep and intimacy. Clear the clutter and get a good night’s sleep or enjoy some special time with your partner.

Clutter in the living room can cause family discord as this is the area of the home we spend with our family.

These are just some examples of how clutter can affect our lives. I have so much more to share with you about decluttering and the joy of living!

The great news is that by just making a start you will notice the benefits very fast. A moment will come when you realize how much lighter and happier you feel. So for now I will leave you with one question to ponder:

What one area in your house can you declutter today that if you did would create the most ease for you in the next 3 months?

And Just Start!!