If you feel like you clean up but never really get rid of clutter, perhaps you need a perspective shift. Use a still or video camera to record your spaces and get a fresh look at things.
Photo by jekert gwapo.
It’s all too easy to become desensitised to the clutter in your home and office. You see it every day, it practically becomes part of the space. A reader at the organisation blog Unclutterer noticed an interesting side effect when she reviewed a video tape she made for her insurance company:
I needed to videotape some rooms in my house for insurance purposes. Having just cleaned cleaned cleaned (knowing I was taping), I shot the tape and then watched it quickly before I needed to take it to the safety deposit box.
But when I watched the tape, I was astonished at the amount of clutter and crap on surfaces throughout the house. I realised that the camera’s eye was picking up clutter my eyes were simply moving past! So I scrutinized the tape, marched back to those rooms and really went through the stuff, making firm decisions and tossing several items.
I can’t tell you how much it helped to see these rooms through the video. Everyone: get out your video camera and give it a shot. You’ll be amazed at what you’ve never really seen.
I know exactly the feeling she’s talking about. Many a time I’ve snapped an informal picture only to look at it later and think “Wow. Do I really have that much stuff on my kitchen counter?”
If you want to supercharge the above technique it would a great time to ask yourself what the purpose of each item of clutter is and whether or not you’d buy it again. Seeing the item in a photo instead of holding it your hands just might give you the emotional distance from it to make it easy to flag it for the trash.
Have your own decluttering tip or trick to share? Let’s hear about it in the comments.
Strategies for Seeing Clutter [Unclutterer]