It’s easy to come up with excuses. Heck, I tell them to myself all the time:
“I can’t cook dinner tonight because I had a hard day at work. I can’t put that dirty dish in the kitchen because I’m so comfortable sitting here on the couch. I can’t because … I can’t because … I can’t because …“
Since excuses are so easy to make, it’s no wonder they keep people from uncluttering and organizing their homes. Here are the five most common excuses and what you can do to overcome them:
I can’t because …
my family is messy. A lot of mis-matched organizing expectations in families stem from breakdowns in communication. For help living with someone who doesn’t adhere to the same uncluttered standards as you, check out “How can I change someone into an unclutterer.”
I don’t have the time. We all have the same number of hours in a day, and unless you’re institutionalized you’re free to spend those hours as you choose. Prioritize your time based around what matters most to you, and let go of the things you don’t want in your life.
I don’t have the resources. This can be trickier than the time issue, but is very similar. Prioritize the resources you need to achieve what matters most to you, and stop using your resources on things you don’t want in your life.
I don’t want to rock the boat. How many biographies have you read about people who followed all the rules and only did what others expected of them? You only have one life, and YOU should live it. Don’t trample on others’ opinions, but don’t ignore your uncluttering and organizing desires.
there are more important things to do, other responsibilities to tend to. Sometimes there are more important things to do and, in these situations, put uncluttering and organizing on hold. Medical issues or caring for a sick family member are very good reasons to let other areas of your life slide. You’ll know when it’s time to think about your home again.