The undeniable link between trauma and clutter

For some, the link between trauma and clutter is all too real. There’s undeniable pain and anxiety that accompanies the decluttering process, often causing us to get too overwhelmed to make real change.

For others, the trauma is more insidious – creeping into your home and causing your clutter to get out of control (even when you don’t realize it’s the culprit).

Both realities make it nearly impossible to make progress without help and outside perspective.

That’s why we’ve recruited help from Selena Jones, one of our network coaches who is also a grief and trauma therapist, for some advice and insight.

>> Be sure to visit her site in order to request a tip sheet on how to process big emotions while decluttering.

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In this video, you’ll learn:

  1. How to refer to your belongings so that you can gain some distance and make choices without being overwhelmed by emotional attachment
  2. Why you don’t need to look for validation from anyone else for the way you feel when interacting with your stuff.
  3. Why avoiding the feelings only prolongs the suffering
  4. The Pillsbury dough analogy that explains why grief does not mellow over time
  5. What to do with big feelings when it’s all too much

If you’re struggling with trauma and clutter, this video interview with Selena is the perfect place to start.

Don’t forget: Request your tip sheet on how to process big emotions while decluttering right here >>


The undeniable link between trauma and clutter - tips from Selena Jones, decluttering coach and grief and trauma therapist.


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3 thoughts on “The undeniable link between trauma and clutter”

  1. Hi I recieved a life saving double lung transplant in 2010.
    Since then I’m a cluttered mess..hoarding items..and finding it extremely hard to focus on projects very long.
    Would this be the same as grief.

    • I am very interested to see a response to this question. My son also had a double lung tx and later a kidney. He used to really enjoy going to garage sales and buying electronics and things to fix up and resell. He never stayed with those projects and they just wound up in his garage and everywhere else. He saves everything and since he has moved out of state, we found so many cards, albums, pictures etc. getting a double lung tx sure is a big deal and makes you really value life more than the average person would, so it makes sense I guess right? Good luck to you Brenda it sounds like you are doing great!

  2. I’d love grief and trauma a counseling…even more than (Or along with) decluttering help. The “Next right thing” helps….and I need more help!


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I’m the creator of Decluttering School (formerly known as Early Bird Mom), lover of organized spaces, encourager to women and mom to four boys. Click here to read more!

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