7 Reasons to Be Thankful for Clutter

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7 Reasons to Be Thankful for ClutterAre you looking to declutter your home, office, or life?

Do you want a fresh perspective when it comes to dealing with and processing all that miscellaneous stuff?

No matter how you slice it, dealing with clutter is an ongoing concern in our living and work spaces.

Now, you might think it somewhat silly to show thanks to something so pervasive in homes and offices.

After all, it is clutter we’re talking about.

How could one show a teensy bit of gratitude or even a sliver of thanks towards something that be so frustrating, annoying, bothersome, and a plain old eyesore?

Therein lies the challenge and a unique opportunity to look at things in from a different angle…

In this thoughtful post, I’m going to challenge your way of thinking by offering seven reasons to be thankful for clutter.

I was inspired to write this post in advance of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States.

I talk about clutter a lot here on the blog, and I thought it would be interesting to do something a little bit different.

After all, there are two sides or conditions to everything in life. If we didn’t have clutter, why, there would be no reason for blogs like this one to exist, now would there? 😉

Without further ado, here are seven reasons to be thankful for clutter, today, and everyday.

Here’s wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!


You can clearly see what no longer serves you in life.

Has this ever happened to you? You start sorting through a tall stack of old books and magazines you haven’t touched in months, when you realize you no longer have a need for them. It’s like you and the items have grown apart from one another.

This one of the great unrecognized benefits of clutter. For some wonderful reason, things tend to naturally stick together from a certain time in your past, be it last week, or last month. Who knows why it happens…it just does.

After time has passed (and with hindsight at your side) you can pick through this time-capsule of items and decide whether or not they serve you in the present moment. During this process, it is quite easy to see what helped you in the past, versus what’s helping you now.

Who knew clutter could provide us with such a thoughtful and reflective experience?

You feel more connected to your most treasured possessions.

Sure, that clutter may seem to be swallowing you and your belongings up whole, but there is hope. When you’re frustrated by clutter, you can reframe things by focusing on those items that are truly special and treasured to you. What’s more, putting things into perspective might just give you the spark you need to give that bunch of clutter the old heave-ho.

What item (or items) give you joy and fill you with happiness? What items would you keep in your possession, hands down…no matter what?

It could be a pair of comfy jeans that you absolutely love to wear, a well-read book that continues to bring you hours of entertainment, or an antique brooch given to you by your grandmother on your 21st birthday.

You realize you want to feel better than where you are now.

When clutter makes you feel poorly, it’s time for a change. What’s great about this, is that it shows you definitely want to feel better than how you’re feeling right now. You want to feel good about your belongings and how you interact with them.

If you’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired when it comes to clutter, it means you’re getting ready to grow when it comes to how you relate to your belongings. It means you’re ready to take the next step and you’re ready to feel better about your space and belongings. You’re ready to shed belongings and other items that no longer inspire, help, or assist you, so that you can grow to your next stage of development.

What an incredibly powerful and inspiring situation to be in!

You can prevent sticky situations from happening in future.

In some ways, a tiny bit of clutter is like an early-warning detection system. It shows you exactly where problem spots are, and where sticky situations may arise in future. It’s almost as if clutter tells you exactly what’s going to happen. If only more things in life were that predictable…

Case in point: when you see a bit of clutter accumulating on a desk, table, or countertop, you can pretty much guess that that area will be a trouble-spot when it comes to postal mail, personal items, and knickknacks.

Not only are you alerted to this troublesome spot, but you can easily take action and address the issue with just the flick of a wrist…before it becomes a 15+ hour decluttering session. You can easily put items back where they belong, shred paper, unsubscribe from mailing lists, or set up a much-needed storage area.

You know there is a solution for your problem.

For every problem there is a solution. When it comes to dealing with clutter, it can be a relief to know that there are solutions out there in the world. You’re not the only one dealing with clutter in their hallway, bedroom, bathroom, or office cubicle.

Help can take shape in many forms: it could be in the form of a blog like this one, a practical book, an inspiring podcast, an instructional video, and more. When you’re feeling especially stuck with clutter in your home or office, it may be time to seek assistance in the form of a local professional organizer, so you can conquer the chaos, and move on with your life.

Your clutter can have a positive impact in other people’s lives.

Did you know? Releasing items you no longer need or use, could very well be a lifesaver for someone else. No matter where you may live, gently used donations to charities, relief groups, and other humanitarian organizations can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Just imagine for a moment….that motivational book sitting on your shelf could inspire someone to make a 180-degree change in their life, that ill-fitting suit you bought two months ago could be perfect for someone who is in desperate need of an outfit for a job interview, and those two pairs of unused sneakers could be just what a shoeless child needs at this very moment.

So, if there’s something taking up space, gathering dust, or no longer needed or used by you or your family, why not release these items from your life, so that they may possibly enrich the lives of others?

You feel absolutely incredible when you remove clutter from your home or office.

The lightness, the airiness, the space, the freedom…decluttering items from your home, office, or life, is like  winning a million dollars…without actually winning a million dollars. You feel amazingly refreshed, alert, awake, and alive.

No longer are you being weighed down by items you no longer need or want. You are truly free and in many ways, as light as a feather. It’s as if you’ve pressed the “reset” button in your living quarters or workspace. You feel successful, accomplished, and ready for what’s next.

What’s more, the feeling of removing clutter from one’s life never fails to impress. It’s just as powerful when you declutter a small pen cup on Tuesday, or when you sort through a large closet full of clothing on the weekend. That’s not too bad for something that is free and can be done at any given time!

How about you? Which of the seven reasons resonate with you the most? Can you think of any other reasons why we might want to extend our thanks towards clutter? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!

Now that you’re revved up and ready to make a change in your life for the better, check out any of the below posts to declutter your home, office, and beyond.

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17 Ways to Prevent Clutter from Entering Your Home 

5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Email Inbox 

3 Smart Tips to Decluttering Any Room 

How to Quickly Declutter Your Closet 

How to Declutter Toys  

How to Declutter a Shoe Collection

How to Declutter Your Shower Area

7 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Mind

A Productive Way to Declutter During the Holidays 

Psst…if you really want to get a jumpstart on getting organized for the upcoming New Year, take a look at my organization eBook, 31 Easy Ways to Get Organized in the New Year, and my printable calendar collection.

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Rashelle is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.