This is the time of year when a lot of us begin looking around our homes and seeing clutter. For some, accumulating clutter is an annual ritual directly attributable to being stuck indoors during the winter. For others though, clutter is a chronic problem that really needs to be addressed. Might we suggest that it should be addressed sooner rather than later?
If you are dealing with a cluttered household, we would like to help. Decluttering is one of our specialties and something our business was built on. Whether you are downsizing or you just want a cleaner, less cluttered home, the experts at My Divine Concierge can get the job done.
In the meantime, here are the top four reasons to be concerned about clutter:
1. Clutter Can Lead to Falls
Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in the home. And what is one of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents? If you guessed clutter, you are correct. Clutter has a way of getting in the way when you are trying to move around your home. Too much clutter can make a home dangerous.
We are especially concerned for seniors living in cluttered homes. Clutter can make an already tenuous situation even worse for seniors who may not see well or who have balance issues. The wrong piece of clutter in the wrong place could send a senior homeowner tumbling to the floor.
2. Clutter Makes Guests Uncomfortable
Your guests are doubtless too gracious to say anything to you but trust us when we say that clutter probably makes them uncomfortable. A cluttered house gives guests the impression of being closed in. Clutter makes them feel cramped. And if your guests are like most people, they are afraid to touch anything or make a few minor rearrangements that would ease their discomfort. So they just live with it.
3. Clutter is a Harbinger for Dirt
Next, you should be concerned about clutter and its propensity to attract dirt. And when we say ‘dirt’ here, we are talking about more than just dust. Clutter can attract pet dander, mold and mildew, cobwebs, insect carcasses, and more.
The unfortunate thing here is that the dirt that clutter attracts can be more than just an aesthetic problem. It can be more than just unsightly. If there is so much clutter in your home that you are not able to clean properly, you may have mold and mildew growing in places you can’t see. That could be a potential health hazard.
4. Clutter Can Be a Sign a Bigger Problem
Finally, clutter could be a sign of a much bigger problem. If you know anything about hoarding, you know where we’re going with this. Just about every hoarding situation began years earlier with clutter. The thing about clutter is that it engenders more clutter for someone who has a natural tendency toward hoarding.
We understand that hoarding is a complicated psychological issue that goes way beyond the clutter itself. Our only point here is that a cluttered house could be a sign that someone in your family is a hoarder. That’s reason enough to take a step back and honestly assess the situation. Clutter doesn’t necessarily guarantee a hoarding situation exists, but at least be willing to look at the possibility.
The good news is that clutter is a problem that’s easily dealt with. If you are willing to put in a little bit of time and effort, we can help you get your house cleared out and cleaned up. Give us a call to learn more about our decluttering services.