Clutter clatter: what is it and why is reducing it important?

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Clutter clatter.

A nifty little term, don’t you think? But what does it mean?


What is clutter clatter?

Clutter clatter is all that noise, both mental and visual, that comes as a result of being surrounded by too many things.

Imagine every single thing you own can speak, and is saying, “look at me! Use me! Clean me! Fix me! Put me where I belong!”

How could you possibly get anything done with all that noise going on in your head?

Everything is vying for your attention. It’s a constant distraction and keeps you from both focusing and relaxing effectively. It brings death to productivity and motivation. your mood is negatively affected. It may even be affecting your relationships.

How many times have you sat down to relax, only to have your stuff scream out at you for attention? You can never truly relax, which makes it harder to be happy and healthy.

“Fold me and put me away!” – your giant washing pile.

“Fix my drawer!” – your desk.

“Complete me!” – your craft project that you haven’t touched for a few weeks now.

You just put on some other noise, like Netflix, and drown it out.

But then, when you should be focusing, the voices get so loud that you can’t do anything else until you satisfy their requests.

Suddenly you’re launching into the tasks above, distracted by your “stuff” from what you really need to focus on. The noise from your stuff is so loud that you can’t hear your purpose for what you should be doing, and stops you from doing what you need to do.

When your mum comes to visit, you’re subconsciously resenting her for judging you and all your “noisy” crap laying around everywhere. She can hear the voices too, which is why she washes your dishes and sweeps the floor.

But the point is, it’s all down to you and your stuff. With a bit of time and effort, you can calm the voices in your home.


Why should you do something about it?

You’re setting yourself back, and you mightn’t have even known.



All those “stuff” related tasks and the time you spend on them are keeping you from cultivating and nurturing relationships and friendships. Would you prefer to organise your Tupperware cupboard just so that you can close the cupboard door, or do something fun with a friend or family member?

Also think about how many arguments you’ve had about “stuff.” Who messed up the Tupperware drawer and scattered the contents over the kitchen just to find a tiny lid for a container? What about that craft stuff all over the dining table?

The more stuff you have, the more likely there will be things lying around that aren’t where they should be, out of the way. This can cause injuries, arguments, and general bad moods (Lego brick, anyone??).

When you have less stuff, it’s infinitely easier to give everything its own place in your home, and put it back in that place as soon as you’re finished with it. Doing this can save a tonne of annoyance and arguments and lead to a more harmonious household.



All the mental noise generated by your clutter (clutter clatter) is distracting you from pursuing something bigger.

If you work from home, or run a side hustle from home, you might find it difficult to work effectively in a room full of stuff demanding your attention. Being productive will be really hard.

Once you clear everything that’s unnecessary, you will immediately find the room to be a lot “quieter” and focusing on the task at hand will become much easier. Your productivity will skyrocket.



Your mood and happiness

You may think the two are unrelated, but the weight of all your stuff on your mind can negatively affect your mood. But when you look at why, it makes sense.

Just having a lot on your mind in general can make it hard to be happy, and with the added weight of everything you own, it’s even harder.

With your productivity down, you’ll struggle to feel content.

And, as I mentioned above, relaxing is almost impossible when your house is chock full of things. If you’ve ever felt like you just can’t relax even though you have no pressing engagements, this is probably the cause.

And what happens when you never get to relax? Life sucks, doesn’t it? It’s harder to appreciate what you do have, it’s harder to let the little things go, and it’s harder to be happy.


Lost items

Like a single voice in a large crowd, whatever you’re looking for will be harder to find, the more stuff you have.

It’s a lot easier to keep track of the things you need if you don’t have a sea of crap to lose them in. You won’t be so easily distracted when you’re looking for something, either.


Moving house

Relocating with millions of items is a nightmare, as I’m sure you know. As an impending move looms, you’ll become anxious and overwhelmed by the sheer size of the task.

Less stuff means less hassle. Do yourself a favour and get rid of everything you don’t need before you move. This’ll also save you money on moving costs, storage costs, and packaging costs, as well as reducing your moving-house carbon footprint.


Does this resonate with you? Are you reading this right now to drown out those voices?

If so, let me help. I have a few posts with practical tips on how to get rid of the different types of things in your house.

To clear large amounts of stuff, read this.

Find my favourite decluttering tip here.

To find workarounds for those pesky “just in case” items you’re keeping, read this.

For motivation and tips on selling everything that you’ve decided not to keep, this post should help.

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