Are You Clutter Blind?

Spoiler alert- You are! We all are.

Take 1 minute and 22 seconds to watch this video and test your attention before reading further.

Did you count all the passes? Did you notice the gorilla? When this study was done about half of the participants did not see the gorilla. 

So what does this mean? To me, this demonstrates just how much of our surroundings we can filter out and not notice. Specifically, the clutter that has accumulated around our homes. This is why unpacked boxes in the corner, piles of books or mail, and overflowing counters just blend into the surroundings and seem normal. It may be necessary to actively look for the clutter in your home.

So, when was the last time you looked around your home and really saw what was there?

Take some time, look around and try changing your perspective so you can really see everything.

Some ideas to help change your perspective:

Sit in a spot you aren’t usually in and look around slowly taking everything in.

Sit on the floor or lay down so you can see the room from a different angle.

Physically touch items as you move around the room looking.

Ask a friend or family member (who doesn’t live at your house) to share what they see.

Take pictures and look at your space through the photos.

Once you identify the clutter, take the next step and start removing the excess so you can have a lighter, stress-free home.

Check out my previous posts for assistance with this if you need:

4 Tips to Help You Start Removing Clutter

Preparing for a Decluttering Project

Decluttering: Now or Never

Published by Suzanne- Happily Decluttered

Hi!! My name is Suzanne and I live in central PA with my husband and three girls. I love yoga, pickleball, camping, spending time with my family, and decluttering!

17 thoughts on “Are You Clutter Blind?

    1. Whenever Iโ€™m about to tackle a decluttering session, I always try to do something to look at my space with fresh eyes. It’s amazing how quickly clutter can be overlooked and seem to belong. I hope my tip helps you out with a decluttering session in the future.

  1. I like the phrase clutter blind ๐Ÿ™‚ I have had to purposely put on blinders these days, as we’re gearing up for a wedding (so much stuff to collect before the big day!) and for a series of moves – our big family (9 people) has been living together and we’re all moving after the holidays! (Well, my daughter will move after her wedding in less than a month!) That will be 4 or 5 moves, and everyone is beginning to pack. I’m grateful for the ‘clutter blind’ phenomenon, or else I’d go absolutely bonkers! But I do look forward to be settled in a place with only my husband to share space with, when I can finally take those clutter-blinders off! Thanks for the phrase ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks. I agree. With three small kids, I have days where I block out the clutter and just have fun. Having less stuff makes it easy to catch up and not get sucked in an endless rotation of cleaning and chores. Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation!

  2. Interesting, Suzanne! I force myself to be clutter-blind to my life partner’s work space & piles of stuff in our dining room! It used to bother me a great deal, but now, only when company’s coming! ๐ŸŒž

  3. I like the sitting down and taking in your environment thing. Sometimes it requires a little concentration to find the clutter in our lives (which could be a metaphor for life in general), which is why I’ve found it super effective to focus on small areas at a time. That’s the best way for me personally. Anyway, thanks for this post, Suzanne!

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