I often talk in my presentations about personalities that are more prone to clutter than others.
Those personalities are ones that are creative, intelligent, and love information. They are often easily distracted and don’t finish things well. They’re great at ideas, but kind of go off on a tangent and don’t always follow through. I’m one of those myself.
Someone once stood up and asked “So if I have that personality, how do I keep my house under control? I don’t think I can completely change who I am”.
She was right, we can’t completely change the way we are. She will always be like that. I will always be me. I can put in place systems or organisation, but I’ll still default to those behaviours a lot of the time. I’ll still be a bit messy and forgetful and lack focus.
But being like that is not a bad thing, because those personalities are also pretty bloody awesome. We’re warm, empathetic, intelligent, creative and fun.
So my answer is this:
Have less stuff, and do less things. The simpler your life is, the less impact your unhelpful habits can have.