How to Defeat Stuffocation

How to Defeat Stuffocation

I’ve realised recently that I’m feeling quite suffocated due to my stuff. I’ve got a lot of things and not enough space. I’m experiencing stuffocation.

It’s time a declutter, but not just clear out a genuine chance to get rid of items I don’t need or use.

I have pots and pans that have been hanging on my kitchen wall since I moved in which I’ve never used! I need to get rid of these grotty dish towels I have scattered all over the place and it’s time to cut myself down to just one or two bedspreads and not five!

Step 1: Focus on an area

To defeat suffocation I need to start in just one area. For today’s post, I’m focusing on the kitchen.

Think about your space and how you use it. I live in a studio flat so I am very limited when it comes to storage and wall space. I have used every element of it I can recently, with hooks, blu-tac and sticky tabs. But it’s overflowing with items.

Plus, this is where I spend the majority of my time when I’m at home as I’m more often than not out or at work unless I need to come home to sleep or to cook meals for the week.

Step 2: Decide on your items

This is the portion of the stuffocation that Marie Kondo would suggest pulling everything out to start again, but I honestly don’t have the space for this. So instead, focus on the items you know you don’t use enough or don’t need anymore.

I’ve already mentioned the pans, but there is also a stack of pans that are peeling and grimy that could do with replacing, but first to downsize. I don’t use the smallest pan because it’s too small! I would use it for sauces but I so rarely make sauces that I would rather be rid of it.

Then there are the SIX pyrex dishes I have stashed in my cupboard. I live in a studio flat, and I have very limited space, so using up this one kitchen cupboard for that amount of pyrex dishes when I can count on one hand how many times I have used one in the last year is ridiculous.

Step 3: If you’re not sure, stash!

If you’re not sure if you’re going to need an item or items, then stash them away out of the kitchen in a designated place for later. I use a box under my bed. If I’m not sure of an item I stash it away in a box and then later on, when either sufficient time has passed or if I’m under my bed for some reason, I’ll look in the box and determine if I actually need it.

Think about it, if it’s been a box for six months or longer, do you really need it?

Uh, no.

Step 4: Offer to others

I often find with my belongings that I hold onto them because I can’t bear to throw them away. There’s an easy solution to this: offer them to someone else.

Add them to a local free-cycle or Facebook group, or take them to your charity shop. Offer them to friends and family. Just because you don’t need them doesn’t mean someone else won’t, and maybe the fact that someone else will be using them will alleviate this problem.

Step 5: Clean

What does cleaning have to do with stuffocation? Trust me, as soon as you get rid of some items and clean over the surfaces and see them shining you won’t want to put anything on them! That’s for sure.

This is also just a great opportunity to make your home hygienic again.

Step 6: Consider your purchasing

Now that you’ve cleared away, given away and cleaned you have to think about the future. How are you going to stop yourself from feeling suffocated again? You truly need to think about your purchasing.

To do this, I add items to a Wishlist and after a week or two I look at the Wishlist and decide if I actually need them or not.

I find that it is a lot easier to decide this after I’ve walked away for a bit since it gives me a chance to discover if I actually need the item or not. Don’t allow yourself to make impulsive buys, truly consider your money and your space.

And there we have it. Six simple ways to defeat stuffocation.

Love Ellie x

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