Ever drop a cellular phone call because you went through a “dead zone”? Dead zones are places where you just can’t make a connection. No signal gets through. And if you’re on a call when you go into a dead zone, you lose it.

There are “dead zones” for clutter as well. These are places where, once clutter enters, it never leaves.

Why is this? There are a few common reasons.

Sometimes it’s out of range. Cell phones work because they’re constantly within the range of a tower. As long the phone is within range, the tower is aware of it and knows exactly where it is. Places that you don’t go that much (think of your attic, or a little-used outside storage shed) are perfect clutter dead zones since you never see the stuff, and it never registers as a problem – thus never gets dealt with.

Sometimes it’s shielded. Cell phones don’t work in certain buildings (large metal/concrete ones in particular) because even though the tower is logically in range, the building is blocking the signal. When your clutter is stuffed in a “doom box” or just piled indiscriminately in containers, the container can be right in front of you all day, every day – but you don’t notice because a sealed container doesn’t look disorganized. That clean-looking container is frequently hiding dozens of things that would be screaming for your attention if they weren’t cleanly-contained.

Sometimes it’s just broken. Broken cell phones are pretty bad at making phone calls. Ever have an area of your house that you know – deep down – that you should work on clearing out, but the sheer dread of having to deal with it just saps your energy? If things exist that way long enough, you can actually become psychologically habituated to the clutter. You begin to see it as “normal,” and thus your brain breaks the connection.

How do you get clutter out of the “dead zone”? The answer, in all three cases, is to eliminate the dead zone by bring some intentionality to your stuff.

Starting in the places where you spend the most time, you start to begin looking through shelves. Looking through cupboards. Picking up the items on your surfaces, and asking the decluttering questions. You also start popping open storage containers, pulling out drawers, and systematically going through things. And if you get really brave, you might even climb up into that attic or open the door of that old, largely-unused storage shed.

This isn’t necessarily easy. And it definitely takes time. But when the problem is that you’re not aware of the clutter, the only solution is to take active steps to become aware of it.

The good news is that you’ll frequently make some really good progress as you go. You’ll find broken things. Things you never used, even when they were new. You’ll find that you have half a dozen of certain things, because you re-bought them when you couldn’t find the original ones.

Most of those things are good candidates for a donation bin. Some are good candidates for recycling. Some are just trash. And whether it’s the donation bin, the recycling bin, or the trash bin, the key is to get it in a bin and get the bin out of your house!

Of course we’re a junk removal company, so we love the “hauling stuff out of the house” part. We love to see the looks on peoples’ faces as we load our trailer, and they reclaim both their physical and mental space. If you get a big pile of stuff that needs to go, and you need some help getting it gone, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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