How to End Your Clutter Shame

If you've ever broken out in a fit of self-shaming (that may have involved f-bombs) because something you need to put hands on right NOW is lost, you know what clutter shame is.

It's that feeling of being so disorganized that you can't find what you need amidst the clutter. And feeling really bad about it.

Deep down we all know that we don't need much. The shame comes from thinking some variation of:  "This is something I actually need, and now I can't find it because of the junk I bought to avoid facing the tough parts of my life or the stuff I feel too guilty to get rid of."

We eventually find what we are looking for and save "getting organized" for another day. We avoid sifting through our junk.

But you can end clutter shame. There are two ways I've seen that are most effective.

1.  Feel it out. Sit still and surrender and let the feelings pass. Don't try to change them. Practice clutter-shame mindfulness. The shame naturally passes, and since you allowed it, healing is much more likely. Trying to avoid tough feelings usually attracts the same feelings until you observe them and let them flow and then pass. Accept your feelings. 

The second way can be done in conjunction with the first. You can either accept your feelings AND accept the clutter, or:

2. Take swift, decisive action based on a cohesive plan. Change your environment. Declutter. Be inspired by this quote:

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