MORE vs less: Talk to the Hand – Being Proactive About What Comes Into Your Space

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Day 14 – When new stuff tries to get into the house, “Talk to the Hand First.” Make sure you have a plan as to where it will live and take at least one thing OUT of the house.

Do you have a plan for items coming into your home? Whether you live by yourself or with others, there needs to be a “home STUFF controller” with a plan.

A Home Stuff Controller is similar to an air traffic controller. S/he directs the movements of particular items. Air traffic controllers direct the flow of aircraft into and out of a landing zone. Home stuff controllers direct the flow of items into and out of the home.

The home stuff controller’s plan ensures the coordination of 1000’s of items that come into the home each year. They ensure the following . . .

  • Items must be stored and rotated properly so that nothing spoils or gets lost in storage.
  • They must be easily found to prevent duplicate buying and panic-mode searching when something is needed YESTERDAY.
  • The items must be accessible so they can be used regularly.
  • A budget is followed when buying items.
  • When items are no longer useful, used or beautiful, they are properly disposed of.
  • And the controller ensures that the items meet physical needs (more times than not).

Oh, wait, for a lot of us, the “home stuff controller” job is vacant in our homes. We are so busy, that we don’t give a lot of thought to what will happen to the things we bring home.

  • Where they will go?
  • When will they be used?
  • Do they meet a need we actually have?

Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet, shares something in this this video, that helps. She introduces a habit that the home controller and, in fact everyone in the home, could master. It is called The Heisman Habit.

You may have seen the Heisman Trophy in college football. The player depicted on the trophy is fending people off with his outstretched hand as he runs with the ball, as if he is signaling them to stop with his palm up. You want to have that same attitude about what crosses the threshold into your home. Consider your shopping habits and refrain from buying things that you don’t need. Also, take care about what you accept from other people as hand-me-downs, how much junk mail you’re getting, and anything and everything else that’s coming into the house. Mentally stick that hand out, palm up, and think about fending it off! If you can minimize the inflow, you can keep things from accumulating. ~ Closet Maid

Talk to the Hand – Being Proactive & Protective About What Comes Into Your Space

For years I’ve had the rule that for every book in, (at least) one had to go out. But for some reason, I did not apply that rule to other things like papers and craft supplies. Well, the idea has clicked now. And I am excited to see how I can actually get into this Heisman Habit and be THE Home Stuff Controller in my home.

Day 14 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = (mostly) Finished decluttering the OCC closet. There are a couple of boxes to go through. But I am done for now. This next step will take at most an hour. And truth be told, I spent more than an hour these past two days getting this closet decluttered and tidy. But it was worth the time.

Your Turn . . . Have you used this habit before? . . . If not, give it a try and then report back how it goes for you.

Go here for the landing page with all the posts for MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering. #write31days  . . . I am joining 100’s of bloggers who are determined to write every day in October on one topic. To read more about #Write31Days, go here.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less.

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