How to Know When You Have Too Much Stuff & Not Enough Space

by Simplify

If you have too much stuff and not enough space, Mia Danielle says you probably just have a clutter problem—not too small of a house. Mia’s an expert in designing holistic and clutter-free spaces no matter what their size, so others don’t have to feel so overwhelmed with too much stuff in their homes.

If you’re thinking, “Help! I think I have too much stuff!” Don’t worry. Mia has come up with 50 signs that prove that you do, in fact, have too much stuff, so you can finally stop wishing you had a bigger home.

The first sign that you have too much stuff, and not enough space is if it takes you too long to clean your house. Other signs are having trouble closing drawers, having sauce packets, cups, or straws from fast food places inside your home, having piles of random stuff lying around, and owning previous versions of things long after you’ve replaced them.

Other signs that you have too much stuff and not enough space include having more than one junk drawer, buying things you forgot you already had, not liking it when visitors stop by, it taking a while for you to find an outfit, not being able to find things when you need them, owning things you don’t even like, and having to shove things in closets.

How to know and what to do when you have too much stuff

While Mia has many additional signs on her list, some of them she mentions include not paying bills on time because they get lost in a pile of mail and having bags of donations lying around.

Want to know how to organize a room with too much stuff? Mia says it’s easy; get rid of your extra stuff. Because when you have too much stuff and not enough space, it’s the extra stuff that’s really the problem, not the lack of space.

Too much stuff, not enough space

For more decluttering stories, discover things that hold you back from getting rid of clutter and how to declutter a kitchen in 15 minutes.

To see more videos, check out the Mia Danielle YouTube channel.

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  • Gene Burch Gene Burch on Aug 28, 2022

    I am very organized and trying to help my sister the hoarder to declutter. I just sent this to her and found it helpful myself. Thanks

  • Barbara Voytko Barbara Voytko on Mar 26, 2023

    My issues started after my divorce, disability and retirement. Too much time and shopping was a high - I'd bring things home, put down the bag(s), and there they'd sit. I have no where to put things I purchased because I need to go thru the cabinets/drawers/shelves/closets first. I have a very hard time donating things I know are expensive, ie: cashmere sweaters, so I've been mailing them to nieces (with their acceptance) who are loving them. I know I have too much 'stuff' and I can agree with almost all of what you said. I am having a difficult time getting organized without help, so things take more time. If I had more strength and balance, I would love to have a lawn/garage sale, donating appears to be my only option, and it saddens me. A friend I used to shop with that had similar tastes gave ma a plaque that says "is it still hoarding if your things are expensive".

    Is it?

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    • Phyllis Adams Phyllis Adams on Apr 02, 2023