We’ve all been there: so overwhelmed by household items that you’re ready to pack up what you need and abandon ship. Okay, okay. Maybe that’s a bit drastic, but clutter has a way of sneaking up on us. It forms mountains in our homes and makes us feel simultaneously boxed in and out of control. Not sure if you’re there yet? Below are eight ways you know it’s time to sort through the piles.
1. No matter how much you clean, it doesn’t feel tidy.
You’ve picked up, vacuumed, swept, wiped down, and polished but the house just doesn’t feel clean. This is probably because you’re living in what may as well be a storage locker. Time to take inventory and clear things out. While you might be tempted to arrange a controlled burn in your backyard, it’s probably simpler to just sell what you don’t need on a site like VarageSale.
2. You can’t remember what your countertops look like anymore.
If your kitchen counters are “decorated” with mail, trinkets, and appliances—to the point that you can’t even find space to cook—you need to do something about it. Wouldn’t it be nice to actually see the granite you forked out so much of your hard-earned cash for?
3. Your dining room table looks like a thrift store display.
Sitting around the table as a family for dinner is wonderful, but who wants to eat a meal with a stack of toy cars, coloring books, and unfolded laundry in view? It’s hard to bond as a family when you can barely see the person sitting across from you.
4. Your kids have more toys than they know what to do with.
Between birthdays and grandparents, it’s easy to fall prey to the Toy Monster. If your living room is full of bins piled high with plastic nonsense, don’t be afraid to sell or trade a few items to make some space for actual play. Your kids might say they can’t part with any of their beloved toys, but once they see all that extra room, they might actually thank you.
5. You’re constantly tripping over items.
Your home should be a relaxing oasis, not a landmine of Legos. If you have eight pairs of shoes in your front entrance and only four people in your family, it’s time to take some action. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a pair of heels for every outfit.
6. Your cabinets are packed to capacity.
Can you open your kitchen cabinets without anything falling out? Can you close them all the way without the items inside falling over? If the answer to either of those questions is “no,” you need to get rid of a few things. Yes, it is possible to have too much Tupperware.
7. You’d be embarrassed for a stranger to see the inside of your closets.
Would you rather undergo a public colonoscopy than have someone open your bedroom closets? Let’s be honest: You’re not wearing 60% of those clothes. Give them to someone who will.
8. You’re tired of not being able to find anything.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place for all of your possessions? If you’re willing to say goodbye to clutter, your life will feel a lot more organized and lot less chaotic. You might even make some cash in the process. Good luck!