There’s no universal cure-all for disorganization. Despite the international sensations that some tidying gurus have, ahem, sparked, the truth is there’s no one method applicable to every single situation.

Don’t get us wrong – different decluttering methods are absolutely worth trying out. Doing so can teach you a lot about your own needs. Some people succeed when purging all in one go, for example, while others do best to shed their belongings one day at a time. Others thrive when they’re supported by family members, or seeking consultation from a professional organizer.

Even incentives can vary wildly – extreme scenarios like hoarding require different tactics than, say, packing for a crosstown move. Suffice it to say, the most effective approach is one that takes any unique methodology and circumstances into consideration.

But diverse needs aside, there’s one common issue at the core of nearly all disorganization:

Clutter.

It comes in various shapes and sizes, of course. It might be a pile of nostalgic sweaters shoved into the back of a closet, or heirloom furniture that’s truly beloved – but would be impractical to ship for an overseas move.

Clutter is something in our lives that, even if it clashes, is damaged, or feels straight up superfluous, we can’t bear to part with.

The trick, then, is identifying your clutter. Only when you’ve zeroed in on what your clutter is and how to tackle it does your own personal path to organization become clear.

Need more convincing? This clutter infographic from MakeSpace walks us through just how much of a toll clutter can take – on a psychological, physical, relationship, professional, and financial level:

No matter what shape or form your clutter takes, there’s always a healthy approach to letting go. Remember that many items are replaceable, and whatever isn’t can be temporarily shared with friends, family, or safely put into storage.

 

This post was written by MakeSpace storage, a full-service storage company that picks up, stores, and delivers your stuff so you never have to visit a self-storage unit. Although MakeSpace doesn’t serve Singapore at this time, they are growing. In the meantime, feel free to check out the MakeSpace blog for super actionable and fun tips on decluttering and organizing your home.