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MORE vs less: Books on Decluttering

Day 20 – There are a TON of books on this topic.

 Do you use books when you want to learn something new? I always do. And if they are available, I read books written for children first (on the topic I want to explore). However, on this topic of clutter, there are no children’s books. Hmmm, now that is an idea.
There are at least 2 dozen books at the library. I will not look at all of them during this challenge. But I will list the books that interested me or that I will read.

 

  1. The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life by Lorie Marrero.  Marrero also has YouTube videos. Check them out.
  2. Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down by Peter Walsh
  3. Clutter Control:Putting Your Home on a Diet by Jeff Campbell
  4. Cut the Clutter By Cynthia Townley Ewer
  5. Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying by Melissa Michaels
  6. Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act by Barry Yourgrau
  7. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
    by Joshua Becker
  8. New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (and everyone else) by Fay Wolf

Day 20 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Back in the office today. I got rid of two Desktop Document Letter Tray Organizers that were FULL of papers – papers that I thought I’d need some day. Well in the 5 years they have been there, I’ve only needed one file. 

Your Turn . . . Do you have precious piles of paper that you can sort through and purge?! . . . Do you have a book on decluttering that you can suggest? Or can you share a tip from such a book? 

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MORE vs less: Do One More Thing Today

Day 13 – Doing “one more thing” was a great motivator for me today. Have you ever tried this mantra?

Do One More Thing — Just do one more thing. Do one more thing. Just do one. Do one. One.

This is my new mantra especially at the end of the day. I want to make my future self happy by being just a little more “declutter” productive each day. But does doing this one more thing make much of a difference? Truthfully, no.

No – not if today was the only time I did that ONE more thing. But what if I did one more thing, today and tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, etc? THAT would make a difference.

So regarding your clutter, what is the one more thing you’ll do? Here are some ideas.

  • Set the timer for 3 minutes and see how many things you can fling. See this post for an explanation.
  • Declutter one book, one DVD, one item of clothing, one piece of paper, one fridge magnet.
  • Put the full donate box in the trunk of your car.
  • Put one thing away.
  • Unsubscribe from one online newsletter and delete that email.
  • Empty the garbage can.
  • Throw away one item from the fridge or freezer.
  • Put one item in the dishwasher or handwash one item.
  • Recycle one newspaper, one magazine, one plastic container.
  • Make an appointment on your calendar for YOU to read, create, take a walk, connect with someone, pray, have a specialty coffee and do nothing else, Sometimes the best thing we can do for our cluttered lives is to create space for ourselves to rest/refresh.

Day 13 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Today’s project was the OCC closet at work. I got so much done because I kept telling myself, “Just one more thing. One More. One!” I will finish the project tomorrow. I also packed my OCC boxes. I need to buy a few more supplies and pay for shipping for each box. This is also a project for tomorrow.

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Your Turn . . . What would you add to the list of Decluttering One More Thing?

Related Post . . MORE vs less: 31 Thing Fling

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MORE vs less: Your Future Self Will Thank You for Today’s Action

Day 12 – Getting rid of projects today will thrill my future self tomorrow.

“At every stage of our lives we make decisions that will pro-foundly influence the lives of the people we’re going to be-come, & when we become those people, we’re not always thrilled with the decisions we made.

  • So young people pay good money to get tattoos removed that teenagers paid good money to get.
  • Middle-aged people rushed to divorce people who young adults rushed to marry.
  • Older adults work hard to lose what middle-aged adults worked hard to gain.”

~ The Psychology of Your Future Self by Dan Gilbert

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“If you want to be happy, make your future self happy.” ~ Gretchen Rubin

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“We often imagine our future self as a confident, superior person that exercises every day and does not bite his or her nails. We have romantic, idealistic visions of our future-selves, so much so that we easily forget that the future-self is actually … us, only tomorrow.

And if we don’t do something to support tomorrow-self, he or she will only be more nervous and distracted than today-self. . . .

The mess you make today, your future self will have to clean. Everything you do now is an investment in the life and happiness of your future self.”               ~ Milena Rangelov

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Whenever you can, do something kind for Future You.

Future You is someone you love and care about. Future You is someone who you want to be happy, and you have endless opportunities to make that happen. ~ Wil Wheaton 

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I first heard about the future-you concept from Gretchin Rubin. Since then I have seen this idea in multiple places. And I am gravitating towards making it more prevalent in my daily life.

“Whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap.”~ Galatians 6:7

Your Future-Self  Will Thank You For Getting Rid Of Clutter.

Your Turn . . . Have you heard about this idea of doing things today to have a better/happier future-self tomorrow? . . . What is one thing you could do today that makes future you happier/better?

Day 12 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I spent time sorting my stuff into project piles again. And I decluttered miscellaneous art supplies and papers. I am looking forward to finishing this area because I now have all my watercolour supplies together and I am itching to get back at that medium. And I want to paint those ping pong balls. Do you remember me talking about them several posts back?

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MORE vs less: Sort Items Into Project Piles

Day 11 – Instead of writing a paper to-do list, I am sorting my items into project piles.

Last month I made nine art kits for my oldest granddaughter, Sofia. I gathered all the needed supplies and instructions for each creative project. Then I put these items into large, separate, ziplock bags: one project to a bag. Now when Sofia is ready to get artsy, all she had to do is grab a bag and start.

Most of my clutter is craft related. I have a hard time getting rid of any of it because I have plans for each item. Today I was going to write-up a list of all the projects I wanted to do according to the pile on my crafting table. But making such a list seemed overwhelming. And then I remembered about the art kits!

So I spent 31 minutes sorting the items into project piles and then into large, separate, ziplock bags, one project per bag.  I am not done sorting, but I think I have come upon a GREAT solution for me. Now when I want to do something crafty, I can grab a see through bag and start. I can even grab a bag to take someplace else since all the supplies are in there. I have my own art kits.

Your Turn . . . Do you think this idea would work for you? I am excited to try this out.

Day 11 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Started sorting the pile on my crafting table into separate art kits.

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MORE vs less: It is Possible to Change

Day 10 – Do you need to and want to break free from the chains of clutter? There is help for that.

Can you relate to this question? 

Can you relate to this headline? . . . 

Can you relate to this prison experience? 

  • I’ve never been able to keep my room clean for more than a day or so. Since I moved to New York in 2013, my living space had become a prison of crap that I chronically neglected. There wasn’t enough room for my stuff.~ Nicole Silverberg

Can you relate to being in clutter prison? . . . 

  • In other cases, our stuff builds up to form a prison around us: have you ever avoided a social visit because your house was too messy for company? ~ becoming minimalist

Even if you are not a certifiable hoarder, you can still feel imprisoned by your stuff. Even if you are not a candidate for one of those hoarder shows, you can still be missing out on life’s opportunities because of all the stuff in your life that owns you.

And like a hoarder in the midst of the disease cycle, you, too, might feel helpless to change.

There are many books that share their techniques to get rid of the clutter. And there are books that say clutter is more than stuff removal. You also need to remove the emotional issues surrounding the clutter. And finally some authors say we also need to declutter our schedules. What good is it to have a beautiful space and not have the time to enjoy it?

I say, all the above is important. And I’d add God to the equation.

So far in my stuff removal journey, I have come across several unreasonable reasons as to why I don’t want to get rid of something. I am seeing that the clutter is not the issue. It is the feeling or thoughts associated to the stiff that is the issue. And left to my own power, I cannot break the chains that stuff has on me.

And so I have been taking these items to God in prayer. Yes, I have. It is too early in my process to claim a majour breakthrough. But I know I will.

God is a change-maker. And God is a chain-breaker.

Listen to this song, Chain Breaker by Zach Williams. It is the theme song for my October clutter challenge. The lyrics are after the jump.

Your Turn . . . Is your stuff making your environment more like a prison or a paradise? . . . Do you know that God can help you make the necessary changes so that stuff is not your go-to drug?

Day 10 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Decluttering the email on my phone and work account. Down to 3 emails in my personal account.

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MORE vs less: Decluttering While on Vacation

Day 7 – Invisible clutter is bothersome, too. But my email inbox is finally looking bare.

The past several days I’ve been on vacation and I’ve been able to keep up with my decluttering commitment. I wake up early – even on vacation – so I’ve spent a couple of hours decluttering my email inbox before anyone gets up.

My personal email account started with 6,000 emails. Isn’t that pathetic. BUT – it is now down to 48. Yes, you read that correctly, 48! Want to know my tips? Good because I want to share, even they are not anything out-of-the-ordinary.

  1. Unsubscribe. I was on too many newsletter and retail lists. I unsubscribed to everything! E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! I can always resubscribe. But, if I do, I am going to be more cautious about giving out my email address.
  2. Delete all emails associated with those I unsubscribed from. So say I unsubbed from Fleet Feet, I then put “Fleet Feet” into the Search Box and hit enter. Then ALL emails from Fleet Feet would show up. I deleted ALL those emails. It was a QUICK way to delete 100’s and 100’s of emails.
  3. Be ruthless in deleting. Delete! Delete! And then delete some more. If an email is a couple of years old, you probably don’t need it now.

The 48 emails that are left need attention. I am hoping to be down to Inbox ZERO by the end of the week.

Day 7 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I went from 6,000+ emails to 48 in two days. So I obviously spent more than 31 minutes at a go. But I found time that didn’t take away from anyone else … while folks were sleeping … while driving in the car … and while folks were taking a break from each other.

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Your Turn . . . How is your email inbox? . . . Do you have your emails under control or are they a cluttered, chaotic, worry?

Related Posts . . . How Does One Person Have 624 Emails In Her Inbox? (2008)

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MORE vs less: Check the Expiration Date – it’s not what you think

Day 5 – I spent 31 minutes decluttering the trunk.

How surprised are you when you spring clean your kitchen and bathroom cupboards to find items that have expired? 

I’m not surprised. It isn’t that hard for me to toss these goods. I feel a little regret that I didn’t use them up. But I am able to toss them because I don’t want to make myself sick or turn green by using an item that has passed its expiration date.

But did you know that this advice applies to things we own? Everything we own has an expiration date.

Yes, you know that food, vitamins, and beauty products have expiration dates. But I am saying that EVERYTHING has an expiration date.

Expiration = a fixed point of time when something ends.

Ava took her beloved camera to the store because she had dropped it in water.  The camera technician was final in his diagnosis; “It can’t be fixed.” So she bought a new camera and used it – then.

That camera is still working well. It still takes great photos. But Ava doesn’t use it any more. Ava’s cell phone takes photos that are comparable. It is easier to use her camera on the cell phone. And by using the camera on the phone, she doesn’t have to remember to bring her camera.

Expiration = a fixed point of time when something ends. The use of this camera has reached its expiration date.

Ava keeps the camera even though the expiration date has passed. It is no longer useful. It no longer fits in her life style. Her interest, desire, and need for the camera no longer exist.

It doesn’t matter that Ava spent $1000 on the camera. It doesn’t matter that the camera is still in good working order. All that matters is that the expiration date has passed. And so she doesn’t use it.

I need and want to look at my items with this idea in mind.

I want to ask myself these types of questions when decluttering is emotionally hard.

  • Is it useful now?
  • Does it fit my lifestyle now?
  • Am I interested in it now?
  • Will I use it/wear it/complete the project now?
  • Do I have the physical energy to use it/finish it now?

Remember those potential blood-streaked eyeballs (aka ping-pong balls) I talked about yesterday? It is just possible that the expiration date has come and gone.

Day 5 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Today’s space is my car trunk. My daughter and I are going away for two days and it would be lovely to put our suitcases IN the trunk.

Do you ever put things in your trunk that need to go someplace? … Salvation Army … the library … a friend’s home …  And they just stay there? They stay there forgotten? Yep, that is me.

I didn’t want to expend the energy or the time to take care of it in the past. So this task lingers and takes up space. Today, I will take care of business; I have things to deliver!

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.

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Your Turn . . . As you look at the items you are deluttering, are there any where the expiration date has passed? . . . How hard is it to let go of these items? . . . Can you relate to Ava’s experience?

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