Have you ever wondered: How do you know if you have too much clutter? Today’s episode answers frequently asked questions that people are asking and looking for answers to. I’ll also talk about these questions: What is Considered Clutter? Do you wonder what is considered clutter? What should you not do when decluttering? Learn how to clear physical clutter.

How Do You Know If You Have Too Much Clutter? What is Considered Clutter?

Take actions from today’s podcast on how do you know if you have too much clutter?:

  • Realize what you consider clutter
  • Understand what is too much clutter for you
  • Be aware of mistakes you make when decluttering
  • Begin clearing your physical clutter

Certified life coach, author & award-winning professional life organizer Julie Coraccio shares steps and tips to support you in creating the life you choose, deserve and desire through decluttering your life, mindfulness and how to organize your life.

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Today on Clear Your Clutter inside now we’re talking about physical clutter. Do you wonder what is considered clutter? How do you know if you have too much clutter? What should you not do when decluttering? Learn how to clear physical clutter as we begin our month focus on frequently asked questions. Do you control your clutter? Or does your clutter control you? Unclear your clutter inside now, we’ll teach you awareness as well as action steps to create change in your life. Come on, let’s get started. Hey, everyone, the entire month is going to be focused on frequently asked questions about clutter. These are questions that people are looking for the answers for and inspired the month. There were a couple that surprised me. And my most favorite question will be the last one, the fifth episode this month, five Tuesday. So we have five episodes. If you’re joined up on the Patreon account. I decided for each episode, I’m going to do three questions each. As I’m leaving 333 abundant. I mean, I don’t think I could have had a better year numerology Angel numbers. Check that out. I don’t think I could have gotten a better address. And that’s one thing I’m kind of bummed out about. Absolutely best address I’ve ever had. And it’s interesting. With 333 When it adds up it’s nine and endings and leaving North Carolina. This is my last week less than a week. Life is crazy. I’m taking a mental moving packing break. By recording the episodes. It’s bittersweet. You know, I moved and had been in North Carolina, gosh, almost 15 years, moved from Los Angeles in October 2006 brought my house in April 2007 is a huge deal. I could have never afforded a house out in Los Angeles. And I fell in love met my husband here came a cat mom here started my business here also had some heartache and some other things happen. But as it’s eclipse season, which is very interesting, which I didn’t realize when all this was going down. It is bittersweet leaving, although we’re gonna have a little bit of heat this week, so that will make me happy because I absolutely hate summers here. I hate humidity. And so it’ll be a benefit to go to more temperate client in West Virginia. And so in honor of the 333 address, I’m going to do three questions. I also think it’s kind of hard to absorb more than three questions. So that is what we’re going to do. So the first question, what is considered clutter? If you’ve been a longtime listener, you know, my definition of clutter is this. Clutter is anything that prevents you from creating the life you choose deserve and desire. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this or thought about word choice. And I’ve done a little bit about that. But I chose those words very deliberately. It’s interesting, someone took my tagline and change one word and change the one which has very different energy. And so I was very deliberate on using the word choose. make that conscious choice. That’s a much different energy from wanting. I’ve been saying this for a long time, I look at things holistically the inner effects outer outer effects inner. I want you to think more broadly about what clutter is and how it shows up in your life. If it’s not important or doesn’t matter to you it’s clutter. This year past year being with my mother has really showed up what’s most important my family have always said my family is what’s most important, and I put my money where my mouth is. All the rest what not clutter isn’t important at the moment. And it’s just insignificant at the moment. And just as life ebbs and flows, it’s just how things go. So something might not be important to you in this moment. And that might change. clutters also the things you don’t want, need us love or like it’s the stuff you’re saving for some day that you’ve maybe never worn, doesn’t fit. Things that bring up bad memories. I can’t tell you I was guilty of this. I took me. Someone gave me a wedding gift and we are no longer friends. And I tried to of course

give away So whatever I can, but it was very unique. And so I just had to throw it in the trash, which on one hand killed me because I don’t like to do that. But every time I would walk by this thing, it just conjured up memory. And it wasn’t good. And there are some other things. And so what bad memories are you holding on to maybe it’s pictures, maybe you got a bunch of stuff from your ex, what is it that you were holding on to really take the time to think about what clutter you have in your life. Now, again, today, we’re going to focus on physical clutter. However, I want you to be aware of all the other clutter and how it’s affecting you. For example, if you are jealous of someone, then one way that might show up is buying buying, buying. And that creates clutter, or you’re trying to keep up with the Joneses or you are trying to feel better about yourself. And so it’s thinking about all those things, how is the physical clutter showing up, and what’s behind it, you know, awareness plus action equals change, the big step is becoming aware, and then taking action for. So if you understand more of the why behind your physical clutter, then you are going to be able to release it a lot more easily. And remember, it’s individual, what is clutter to you might not be clutter to me. And if you’re using it, it’s not clutter, I think of that person that I used to work with who had a ton of crystals, I’m not exaggerating, however, she used them all. And so it wasn’t clutter. And this space, you could feel the space didn’t feel cluttered, that you could have had someone who had less stuff. But if it’s not being used, they don’t really need it, there’s a negative attachment, you’re going to feel that less space. So take some time contemplating that. I’m also a huge fan of writing stuff down, it’s fly I created the journals, because you can get to pen and paper or electronically. To think about things and then write it down. It makes it easier for you to take action, every extra step, especially if you have clutter and overwhelm, help set you up for success. I was just asked this in this morning in an interview. So after you’ve contemplated where you’d like to change, here are some starting questions to think about. And again, the journals were really important to me because I wanted to give a starting off point for people to think about stuff, you know, you’re just overwhelmed. Okay, well, here are some questions to get you started. And then you can take it from there. So if you’re contemplating where do I need to start? Or I have physical clutter, I’m completely overwhelmed. Where are you frustrated? Or what’s your physical clutter? What frustrates you in your home or tires you out? That tire you out that there’s a pile on the living room table that never seems to go away? What makes you feel sad, depressed or drained when you look at it? Is there something that’s absolutely driving you crazy? If you ask these questions, then it’s easier for you to discern what matters and what doesn’t. Question number two. How do you know if you have too much clutter? Really is individual. Like there’s no one best way to declutter your home. There is no set amount on clutter. There’s no one set rule. You know, I mentioned a moment ago about the crystals. That former teacher used them off, and so it wasn’t clutter. What I’m going to suggest you do is figure out what’s your comfort level. I know they’re packed up, everything is backed up. I probably have you know, I studied the plant medicine. And I’m finishing up all my coursework. That’s my big goal before the end of the year. I probably have 20 plant teas. Now to someone who doesn’t drink tea or isn’t studying plant medicine that’s gonna probably seem excessive, and would be cluttered to some people. But I’m setting I’m using I’m learning. And so then it’s not clutter. And again, remember the energy behind everything. It’s not going to feel like clutter. I’m sure you’ve all been in a space where you just relax. Like I had a massage therapist

in Los Angeles and I met her because I was in a car accident and got this great chiropractor and he said oh I know someone in your area and every time I’d walk up she has a cute little fence around her house. I just would have immediately start to relax just immediately felt really great. And so someone say that her massage room was cluttered. You know, she had massage oils, a bunch of different things, she’s very spiritual. But for me, it didn’t feel that way at all was energy behind it, I felt completely relaxed. Ah, I can take it down a notch. Now I know I’m going to get taken care of. So I want you to also think about because if again, if you’re using loving, needing, your space isn’t going to feel cluttered. And ask yourself how you feel when you’re in that space? Do you feel like you can relax? Like I was able to the massage therapist? Or does your base cause you to get feel stressed out? You feel energized or depleted by all your stuff. If you had to move, and this is the second time in two years, so I feel a little bit of an expert on this at the moment. But you want to take all your stuff. Again, we’ve downsized a couple times, and we’re like, oh my gosh, how much stuff do we have? If you were starting from scratch, would you buy what you have now? How much time do you spend maintaining all your stuff? It’s an investment if you don’t maintain it and collect us. Or if you’re a super awesome cleaner, you’re still still investing time to dust your stuff, whether it’s every day or every week, what does that call costing you? So think about it in those terms. Ultimately, only you know what works for you, I am going to err on the side of less is more. But not everyone feels that way. And again, you know if it’s something like the plant to use or the crystals, or if you’re a book person, and you honor that, and that feels good, then that’s fantastic. You have to think about it if it’s you have numerous collections, and collect everything or keep everything. And it doesn’t mean being a hoarder either. There are areas in our lives. Where, for instance, we might hold on to every letter written to us I was reading about someone and I don’t know they’re either fat, I think of oh my gosh, I would have recycled it. But oh, you know, they became famous and I have this letter for that man. Hold on to it. 2030 years? I don’t know. That’s just not for me. You know, I’ve talked about memories before. And I have basically everything down to container, not a huge container. And just like I said, I mentioned my yearbooks. Yeah. How often do I look at them never nice to have the junior high ones. But again, the process but I like of all the high school books and gave it to someone that wanted it. Their basement flooded, they want it fantastic win win win. So you know what’s best for you and start to ask yourself this question. Again, I have that journal prompt book on physical clutter, which is why I did this to get you to think about these things. overwhelm the stuff. Can’t find what you need when you need it. Tired of wasting time and energy maintaining your mess. Longing for peace of mind. get control of your clutter, so your clutter doesn’t control you. Reclaim time, money, vanity and resources. Physical got flutter 365 Journal prompts supports you in clearing your physical clutter. Free Gift purchase to support you even more and your journey to declutter your life. Question number three for today. What should you not do? When declutter and people are asking about this great question. There are definitely some things I’m going to suggest that you don’t do. That will help make the process easier, especially if you’re listening to this podcast, you’re probably overwhelmed. So these suggestions are designed to take the overwhelm out and remember, I can get overwhelmed to do this for a living. So do not feel you’re alone. Don’t declutter when you’re not at your best energy. I’m not a morning person. So I don’t do it that occasionally if I have to be flexible, absolutely. I’ll do that. But I really stay away from doing anything super important that needs a lot of brain effort. In the morning, I need a couple hours to wake up. So figure out what your best energy is, and commit to doing it then

another habit, follow others rules and habits. Instead of going with your natural instincts and lifestyle, right Marie Kondo still super popular. She doesn’t work for everyone. She wouldn’t work for me. It doesn’t make her wrong. Martha Stewart wouldn’t work for me. I don’t want everything labeled that way. I just No, just no just doesn’t work for who I am as a person. Here’s a question I have asked before when giving presentations. So ask people, How are your morning your coffee or your tea sup in the morning, and some people be like, oh, you know, I’ve everything in the counter, someone might say, Oh, I’ve got a little drawer, someone might say it’s in the first, like a lower shelf and a cabinet. All of those are correct. Because they do what makes sense to them and works, what works best for them. So make sure that you’re doing what works for you don’t get caught up in your best friend, what she does are the latest and greatest. That’s just gonna, ultimately, it won’t work, because you’ll go back to your habits. And so make sure you’re doing what is best for you. Another No, no, don’t do it. When you’re not in the right frame of mind. You know, my mom’s dying, we are going to need to go through her stuff. I’m not doing it right after she dies. It’s not the time in place. I will need to grieve. I’ve started the grieving process because she hasn’t been my mom for about a year. She’s not, you know, they’re definitely my mom’s there and their moments, but not being able to communicate, not the active, social, fun loving, someone that’s gone now. And so I’ve been grieving for a while. But I’m not going to be like, oh, yeah, let’s clean up mom stuff will take some time. And when my dad asked for help, I will be there. But I’m not going to do what I’m grieving and is not a priority. And I wouldn’t be in the right frame of mind. Now it doesn’t have to be grief. Maybe you’re super busy at work, my husband has these periods where he does these guest upgrades updates. And he’ll know and so that week, he works a crazy schedule, like way too many hours like enough for HR to say, what’s going on or paper, you know, you’re logging into many hours well needs to get done. Now wouldn’t ask him to do anything that if you have a lot of stress in your life, you know, we knew before removing decluttered I decluttered. Actually, I’d started to clutter it, I’d forgotten this because when when all the solar went down, you know, moved in May to September, all that crap happened in that January. So January 2020, I was like, let’s do another round. So when it came time to move and everything we’re doing, and because I’d go up and visit my mother, once a month, I’d take a load up, well, we might as well. Let’s make it easier. We’ll know tomorrow, we got the shipping containers and got a couple people help. And then we’ll see how much we can get in. Another thing that can get you stuck not remembering what is important. If it’s not important, it’s easy for you to release. But if you don’t know what’s important, that makes it harder, that’s when the in decisiveness comes in. That’s when it can be more challenging. And so if you get really clear on what matters most, it makes releasing much more easy. Now, you know, one thing that comes up again and again. And then I always say to clients trust, you’ll get what you need when you need it, because I might need it someday. That seems to come up a lot for people. So if you can get into the habit of trusting, you know, maybe I can borrow it, maybe my I can run it, my neighbor might have you know, there instead of worrying, and that’s again, putting your mental clutter and worrying and stress. Trust, you’ll get what you need when you need it. Another mistake, I believe is not visualizing what you want your space to be. I’d like visualizing one because if you know cluttering is messy, get 30 if you visualize one that can help keep you going to go oh my gosh, I can completely see this space and how awesome it’s going to be. And then also, in addition to motivating you, again goes back to well, if this space is for x, then what needs to go in here and that makes the decision a little bit easier. And makes you decide, oh, this is what’s important. So think about do you want your environment to be creative, relaxing, entertaining,

that’s going to help you determine what to let go and what to put in there. And then you can say, Oh, this is for entertaining. So all these jackets and stuff that I keep thrown in the living room. They’ve got to get up they don’t I’ve got to create. Maybe I’ll get a not a coat hanger a coat rack, a country that will easily declutter and keep it out of my space for one entertain no preparation stitch in time saves nine. understand and know what your priorities are. Gather all your supplies have a plan. In the clear clutter inside notebook, the first five chapters, focus on decluttering physical stuff, and I walk you through a plan. And so the more prep you can do, it’s going to make it easier on you. So anything you can decide getting everything ready blocking out time on your calendar, no, this is the order of everything I’m going to go in, I’m going to commit to a couple hours. If I get stuck, here’s my backup plan, prepare as much as possible. As one example, you decide, okay, I’m the clutter, whatever. And then Monday morning, I’m taking the donation pile or schedule to pick up so that you can’t go back into the bags and try to say you something, that’s something that you can do beforehand, that’s going to save you headaches down the road. And then finally, something that I see people also do is not getting support when you need it. Find the opportunity, I would have hired someone to help organize my move. Can I do it? Absolutely. But the extra help would have been worth it. There is just just no one that I knew, and I didn’t have a strong enough relationship. And I don’t know you and I don’t have I just don’t trust that. And so, because of that, I was like, oh, it’s easier to do my own. However, we have hired someone to come and help us we’re gonna start loading tomorrow. So our friend and his teenage son and I found this other guy who’s also going to haul the couch off, I tried some nice couch, I can’t believe no one wanna add it for 25 bucks. And so his thing is, he doesn’t want it in the landfill. So if you can sell it all good. If you can donate it to someone all good. It’s a win win in my situation. So in different areas, I have to get support when we get our containers on load, or we’re gonna hire someone to move it out. It was important for me to get support, not just physically, I mean, definitely we need the physical help. My husband’s very independent and strong guy. And he said to me this morning, oh, yeah, I’m definitely my dad said, I’m gonna hire some guys to help you unload when you get settled. And he’s like, Yeah, I’m taking your dad up on that. Because it’s a lot. It’s a lot physically. And he’s got to work this week. And so anything that I could do for the support to help make it easier. And so if you need help, first of all, there’s no shame. There are people like me that do this for a living. So whatever it is, you need support it, you know, maybe it’s someone I’ve gone in and just done one session, gotten people started like, okay, it’s kind of my blocks gone, I can take it from here. Fantastic. Now there are people that need more hand holding and guidance. And so if you’ve tried for a long time, and you haven’t been able to declutter, or get organized for that matter, I encourage you get help. There are lots of options out there. You know, maybe you start off with a class or book, you know, our podcasts that can support you. But if you’re not moving forward from that, then that’s time to call in reinforcements. So those are my thoughts on the stakes people make when to clutter it. And there you have it. answers to three questions today. Take actions from today’s podcast. Realize what you consider clutter. Understand what is too much physical clutter for you. Be aware of mistakes you may be making when decluttering begin clearing your physical clutter. On our next episode, we’re talking about how do you do clutter when you’re overwhelmed. Go out Clear Your Clutter to create the life you choose deserve and desire.

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