In order to deal with your clutter and junk effectively, you have to get to the root of the problem and that root is your own thinking. Here are 16 of the most common excuses that cause junk and clutter buildup and prevent you from relaxing and enjoying life.

Clutter Excuse #1 – “But I might need it someday.”

Don’t let your clutter become a life raft for all the fears or “just in cases” you can imagine. Being prepared for the future shouldn’t adversely affect your ability to live in the present. Learn to strike a balance between living today and preparing for tomorrow.

Clutter Excuse #2 – “I don’t have enough space.”

You can’t fit things into space that doesn’t exist. It simply defies the laws of physics. If you are unable to function comfortably in your space because you have too many items, it’s probably time to let some go.

Clutter Excuse #3 – “It’s brand new!”

It may be brand new, but if it just sits in your space all day long unused, collecting dust, then it’s clutter!

Clutter Excuse #4 – “It’s never been worn!”

It doesn’t matter if it’s never been worn, what matters is if it ever will be worn. In my experience, if it’s never been worn, there’s usually a good reason why.

Clutter Excuse #5 – “It was a gift.”

Once you receive a gift, it’s yours to do with as you see fit. This may sound harsh, but gifts are meant to please the receiver, not the giver. If the gift is a dud for any reason, then you can be grateful for the thought and pleased that someone cared enough to buy you a present, but don’t feel obligated to keep every single gift you’re ever given, especially if you don’t like them or need them.

Clutter Excuse #6 – “It might be valuable one day.”

If perceived future value is your sole reason for keeping something, make sure it’s going to be worth it. Do some research and get an expert opinion. Consider whether a lack of clutter and your enjoyment of more spacious surroundings would be more valuable to you.

Clutter Excuse #7 – “I’m saving it to give to…”

Don’t just assume that people will be happy to have your possessions. Ask and if the intended recipients decline, sell or give away your unwanted items or donate them to a worthy cause or charity of your choice.

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Clutter Excuse #8 – “It was expensive and I can’t stand to see it go to waste.”

If you don’t use it, it’s being wasted – even if you keep it!

Clutter Excuse #9 – “I’m going to get to it someday.”

Good intentions are responsible for a lot of clutter. Give yourself a deadline and if you haven’t gotten to it by then, let it go.

Clutter Excuse #10 – “I might want to read it one day.”

Books can be a source of great enjoyment and enrichment, but even books can become clutter if you have too many and there’s no realistic chance that you will ever read them all. Books take up a lot of space so at least think before you just automatically keep all books that come your way.

Clutter Excuse #11 – “This is too important to let go of!”

If you can’t find a way to appropriately and reasonably honor, display or store heirlooms, sentimental items, family mementos or souvenirs of personal achievements, then let them go. Getting rid of an item that conjures up memories does not mean that you are getting rid of the memories. Do not confuse the object with the memories associated with the object.

Clutter Excuse #12 – “I don’t have the time to deal with it.”

If you’ve got time to go to the gym, the hairdresser, on vacation, to the movies, out to dinner, etc., you’ve got time to deal with your clutter! The trick is to make it a priority and understand that clutter actually steals time from you. Just think about all the time you spend looking for lost items!

Clutter Excuse #13 – “It doesn’t belong to me.”

It’s generous to offer to care for someone else’s things, but it can also become an unwelcome responsibility if it goes on too long or happens too often. Unless you truly don’t mind depriving yourself of space in your own home, it’s time to give the owners of all that stored “stuff” the “it needs to be out of here by X date or else” ultimatum.

Clutter Excuse #14 – “It’s too much to deal with.”

Clutter can be overwhelming and dealing with it is often an emotional hurdle that can be difficult to overcome, but it’s worth the effort. I have never had a client who thought otherwise after we finished. If clutter prevents you from living the life you really want to live, you owe it to yourself to do something about it.

Clutter Excuse #15 – “My husband/wife/partner/kid/colleague has a problem with my stuff, but it’s not a problem for me.”

If someone tells you that your stuff is a problem for them, pay attention. Don’t stick your head in the sand and pretend you didn’t hear it or it’s going to blow over because you did and it’s not. You need to decide if the clutter is worth risking your relationships with your loved ones or colleagues over. Communication and reasonable compromise are essential here.

Clutter Excuse #16 – “I don’t know how it got like this…”

If you add but never subtract items from your space and/or you devote little or no time to getting organized, eventually your space will become inundated and/or disorganized. Your things are your responsibility and it’s up to you to fix the problem.

So there you have it – 16 common excuses people use to not deal with their clutter and get their junk removed. Don’t make excuses – call JunkXS instead and have us remove your house, garage, shed or business junk quickly and easily so you don’t have to!

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