You may think that where you store your clutter is more about convenience or space than anything to do with your personality, but according to a new book, it actually says a lot about you.
What Your Clutter Is Trying To Tell You by Kerri Richardson explores how physical clutter can act as a mental obstacle and can actually reflect the emotional issues you may be facing in your life, Mail Online reports.
Find out below what storing your clutter in your wardrobe, your desk, your car, your garage or your attic says about your personality…
1. YOUR WARDROBE – NOSTALGIA
The book suggests that holding onto wardrobe clutter is about not wanting to let go of a nostalgic fantasy. Perhaps an old pair of jeans, or an evening gown, reminds you of a happier or more youthful time. Keeping them in your wardrobe is more about not wanting to let go of that feeling rather than the clothes themselves.
2. YOUR DESK – PROCRASTINATION
Clutter on your desk may reveal your fear of moving forward. Procrastinating and avoiding clearing up piles of paper shows your unwillingness to deal with difficult issues. Desk clutter acts as an excuse to not get on with that next task or project. Richardson suggests that to solve this, you shouldn’t let clutter build in the first place.
3. YOUR CAR – NO BOUNDARIES
Mess and clutter in your car is a clear sign you are feeling overwhelmed. It shows you have no space left just for you and the boundaries in your life have collapsed. You may be filling your personal space with clutter to avoid getting on with planning your life and making important decisions.
4. YOUR GARAGE – AVOIDANCE
Clutter drains your energy and can leave you feeling demotivated or overwhelmed. Boxes stacked up in your garage can start to become part of the normal scenery. But worrying about not even knowing where to start decluttering your garage can make you avoid it all together. This shows you are lacking the mental energy to face tricky tasks. The mess won’t go away so it’s best to tackle it head on.
5. YOUR ATTIC – GUILT
A common area for clutter to build is in the attic, with old mementoes, heirlooms or keepsakes getting stacked away in boxes. Many of these items are not of any use but a sense of guilt can stop you from clearing them out. This emotional baggage makes getting rid of these items difficult even when not cherished. It’s a good idea to think about whether you need these items after all.