Today, I give your the rest of the list.
Universal Pattern # 6: Clean out your attic now, or it will become your children’s problem.
On Tuesday, I told you people who hold on to furniture from deceased relatives and all their children’s stuff from baby to college. And they usually store it in the attic.
No one ever thinks about their children when they do this. If you don’t clean out the attic today, it will be your children’s problem tomorrow. Morbid, I know. But it’s time to shift the focus from your needs to your children’s.
Your grown children most likely live out of town. When you die with a full attic, basement and garage, it will cost them a lot of money, a lot of time off work and a lot of time away from their families to clean out the attic you were too afraid to confront.
They don’t know which companies to call, so they must research, which means it takes them even longer to clean out your attic, basement and garage.
Don’t do this to your children.
In Sweden, there is a tradition called “Death Cleaning,” where elderly folks clear out unnecessary belongings before they die. You don’t have to be elderly to do “death cleaning.” My children are 8 and 10, and my attic is empty and will stay empty, so they never have to clean it out. I respect them too much.
My garage is empty, too.
Plus, the longer you wait to clean it out, the more expensive it gets. 1. Because prices rise and, 2. The more stuff that is in your attic, garage and basement, the longer it takes me to clean it out. And I charge by the hour.
Let’s start today.
Universal Pattern #7: If you clear the clutter, you will find whatever you are looking for.
Want more money? Clear out your office. Want a new car? Clear out your garage. Want a new spouse? Clean out your exes things. Want to write a book? Empty the attic, which causes subconscious clutter, taking up room in your brain where you otherwise would have ideas flowing in.
When you clear your space and leave it empty, opportunities have room to flow in. If you want a new car, you need to tell the universe you have room for it. A packed garage tells the universe you are not ready.
I have seen it time and again to know it’s true.
Universal Pattern #8: Everyone gets ADHD when it’s time to organize a room.
No matter if you have been diagnosed or not. People are overwhelmed and jump from space to space, which means it never really gets done.
But when you hire an expert, it’s not a problem. We have a system that helps keep you focused and on task, and it means we work very quickly. Most people think it will take a week to clean out a garage. When you work with us, it takes no more than 4 hours. This one took exactly 4 hours:
Universal Pattern #9: People who think they are “organized” still have way too much stuff.
If I had a dime for every time someone told me, “I have a lot of stuff, but it’s all ‘organized.'”
Having a lot of stuff is not being organized. It usually means they have gone to the Container Store and bought all the pretty boxes and put their stuff in those boxes — not getting rid of anything.
Having a lot stuff makes it hard to think and breathe, which means there is no way you can be truly organized. Bringing in MORE boxes for that stuff, makes it even harder to breathe.
You need to declutter. There is no getting around it. (See above. Either you do it, or your children have to do it.) You have to do the hard work. I know you don’t want to, but we grow the most when we get uncomfortable. It’s time to feel the feelings instead of avoiding them.
And remember that it’s more important to have a connection with people than it is to have with stuff.
Universal Pattern #10: The people who claim to be the biggest “environmentalists” are the biggest consumers.
You know these folks: the people who hold onto every little thing because they are going to take it to a specialty shop to recycle it or give it to a friend who needs it. It means they never get rid of anything.
Plus, these people are not minimalists. They go to Costco and use all their Bed Bath & Beyond coupons even if they don’t need anything — the discount means more to them than empty spaces.
Making consumer products, like plastics, hurts the environment. Consuming more than you need hurts the environment because it ends up in the landfill.
If you are a true environmentalist, then you are a minimalist with a small carbon foot print. Stop saying you are an environmentalist if your home is filled with stuff.
Post Script: See yourself in any of these? We can help. It’s time to live your best life with less stuff.