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7 Possible Causes of Clutter in a Condo

By Mike in Miscellaneous with 0 Comments

Everyone has some clutter every now and then, but it can become a real problem for people living in condos in downtown San Diego. This unique way of living is often easy and convenient, but it’s less enjoyable to live in a condo when it’s piled high with stuff you don’t need. If you’re struggling with a little clutter in your condo, think carefully about whether these seven things may be causing issues for you.

1. Junk Mail

Since condos contain so many people in a single area, they tend to get targeted by scammers and advertisers that load their mailboxes with junk. Making a commitment to going through mail and tossing out the junk as soon as you get it can keep you from ending up with a massive stack of envelopes, coupon books, and magazines.

2. Lack of Proper Storage

When you have a condo, you cannot just stick a shed in the backyard and shove all your belongings in it. To solve this problem of clutter, it’s important to rethink storage. Consider adding some closets and built-in shelving or purchasing a few cabinets to help you store things.

3. Messy Children

If only one person in the condo is cleaning up, clutter is inevitable, and this is fairly common in situations where there are a bunch of young kids around and a parent who tries to clean up after everyone. You need to realize you cannot do everything yourself. Call a family meeting where you tell others to take more responsibility.

4. Procrastination

The mindset of “I’ll put this up later” tends to lead to rapidly accumulating junk that could overwhelm your condo. Aim to put things up in the right place as soon as you use them, and set aside ten minutes every day to just pick up around the place.

5. Fears of Needing an Object

Old, unwanted items usually end up cluttering up a condo because people think they’ll use the object one day. To defeat this clutter-causing mindset, sort through items and pack up everything you haven’t used in a year. If you go six more months without needing the object, it’s time to get rid of it.

6. Sentimental Objects

Holding on to useless objects like birthday cards for sentimental reasons is understandable, but it causes an excessive amount of clutter. Instead of letting these objects pile up, create a defined keepsakes box. If it gets too full, consider documenting objects with a photo and getting rid of them.

7. Recreational Shopping

Since most condos are in bustling downtown areas filled with fun shops and restaurants, it’s easy to get into the habit of buying random things, which means you end up with way more than you need and your condo becomes overcrowded. If you want to shop for new items, you may need to make a habit of throwing out old items.

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