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MORE vs less: There is No Perfect Moment to Begin

Day 25 – There is no perfect moment to begin. Sometimes you have to “trick” yourself into starting.

Sometimes I feel motivated to declutter and lots of times I don’t. And when I don’t, I seem to be waiting for SOMETHING to push me into the right set of circumstances that will get me to WANT to get to work.

But I am learning that there is no perfect moment to begin.

I just could not get into the decluttering mood tonight. I came home and had a little nap. And woke up feeling I was just going to forget tonight’s 31 minutes. Oh, yes, I was.

Then I thought, “Just see what’s on the closet floor. Maybe you can put a few more things in the recycling pile.”

Well more than an hour later I had sorted everything on my side of the closet. I would still like to declutter more, but I am very HAPPY with tonight’s session.

There was no perfect moment to begin.

  • The clutter fairy didn’t sprinkle motivation dust on my head.
  • After my nap, I still didn’t feel like working.
  • Every time I checked the closet, it was still messy.
  • No one was going to do this for me.
  • My circumstances didn’t change.

But I did change my thoughts. I prodded myself with the sentence, “Just see what’s on the floor.”

Once I put all the stuff on my bed*, I KNEW I could do some decluttering. In fact, it was kind of fun seeing what was there. And it was fun seeing what I could get OUT of the closet.

*I put the stuff on my bed because bending over a lot hurts my back. And getting up and down from the floor is hard on my body, too.

Day 25 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I worked in my closet about 90 minutes. I am not done in there but it sure looks pretty good. I am encouraged by the work I did. I stopped because I want to do my laundry and see if I can donate any more clothes.

Your Turn . . . How is your closet? . . . How do you get yourself into a decluttering mode when you are not in one?

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MORE vs Less: Decluttering Doesn’t Have To Be Linear; You Can Zigzag

Day 23 – I am a zigzag declutterer. I am okay with that.

I am a decluttering rebel.

The decluttering books I’ve read say to do one room or area at a time. And once you are done, THEN move on to a different area. That doesn’t work for me. I lose all motivation if I stay in the same area too long.

So far in this 23 day journey, I have not worked more than 2 days in a row in the same area. And yet I am seeing places decluttered.

So I say, know what motivates you. Set YOUR rules up in advance.

My rules . . .

  • Set the timer for 31 minutes. When it goes off, I stop. Although a few times I have worked longer.
  • I don’t have a set plan for what gets decluttered when. Well, I did plan to declutter my porch last week because it was supposed to rain. It DID rain and I DID declutter in time.

I have been all over the place from bathroom to art supplies to porch to digital clutter and so on. I don’t see huge improvement – yet. And I probably would’ve seen more improvement if I stayed in one room and finished that one room.

  • But I am still motivated every day – yes every day.
  • I am getting stuff moved OUT of my house.
  • I own LESS that when I started on October 1st.
  • I am sensing a change in the relationship between me and my stuff. I am feeling less connection to things; the “my” in “my stuff” is weaker. Does that make sense?
  • My decluttering plan does not have to be linear, going from one completed area to another, in order for me to be successful.

Your Turn . . .  What are your rules? . . . Are you a linear or zigzag declutterer?

Day 23 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = One container of miscellanies stuff – mainly paper memories from my 4th/5th grade. I don’t need to keep report cards and pictures/cards I made for my mom. It is sweet that she kept these items, but in the trash they went. I am feeling fatigued because of going through all these paper memories. Does that happen to you, too?

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MORE vs less: Grateful 4 3 Reasons about Decluttering

Day 24 – How does being grateful impact your decluttering?

I have been on a dedicated decluttering journey for 24 days now. It’s long enough to see how decluttering is impacting my life. In fact I am grateful 4 3 things about decluttering.

ONE. Living a decluttered life shows me I have enough for today. I can see why the Bible says to live for today. When I keep (lots of extra) things for “just in case,” I am living in fear or guilt.

  • Fearful that if I don’t save this, I will need it and not be able to get it when I need/want it.
  • Guilt because I paid good money for it and I HAVE to use it up or else I wasted money.

I can peacefully live in the now with the knowledge that I have enough for today.

TWO. Living a decluttered life helps me become pickier with what’s in my space. And as I become more and more decluttered, I am becoming more and more “in like” with the things I do have. I am narrowing down my possessions to what’s most useful, needed, and beautiful.

THREE. As I become more and more decluttered, it is more about de-owning than decluttering. Possessions no longer own me like they used to. Things go back to being things that have a use instead of being something that fills a void or communicates a burdensome memory-emotion.

Your Turn . . . Why are you grateful 4 your decluttering journey?

Day 24 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = One tub of stuff – miscellaneous papers and office supplies. I love office supplies! In this post I wrote 3 Reasons I Am Grateful For Office Supplies. But there are only so many staples, notebooks, dice (???), post-it notes, binder & paper clips a gal can use in one lifetime. It is now all DECLUTTERED.

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MORE vs less: Know Your Decluttering Purpose

Day 22 – Where are you going with your declutter mission? In other words, WHY are you doing this?

When you identify why you want to let go of your stuff, it’s more likely that you will protect your decluttered space. When you approach decluttering with the purpose of creating a calmer space, less stressful work-week, or a healthier, happier life, you won’t be easily derailed by the allure of more stuff. ~ By 

 

One of the things I love about my cell phone is that it has access to GPS. Since I am direction challenged, having this tool is a necessity. When you use GPS, Siri periodically gives course directions and reroutes. But in order to do this, she has to know where you are going.

This is true for us as well as we are on our decluttering journey. Where are you going?; or in other words, what is your why? What do you hope to gain by decluttering your space? Knowing this answer will help when the decluttering gets hard. And it will get hard.

Are you decluttering so that you can . . . 

  • Find your library books?
  • Have company over without advance notice?
  • Park your car in the garage?
  • Be worry free if someone opens the door to your closets?

Those are great side benefits of decluttering. But are they a strong enough motivator or purpose to decluter? I don’t think so.

When I started really getting serious about putting my house in order, it was because I was fed up with the disorder. But more than that, I was tired of the disorder standing in the way of everything I wanted for my life. I was determined to create the environment I wanted for my family and the ambiance I needed in order to focus my attention on what mattered to me.

I was tired of shuffling clutter from one room to the next. I was tired of organizing and reorganizing stuff. I was tired of wasting time on stuff. I had a bigger vision for my life. Honestly clutter felt like a ball-and-chain around my ankle. I wanted to make more room for worthwhile things that are intangible, not just more stuff I had to manage. ~ Melissa Michaels, Make Room For What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying

To determine your purpose, answer the following questions . . .

  • What kind of environment do you want at home? What emotions do you want to experience at home?
  • What matters most to you for your home?
  • What is clutter preventing you from doing in your life? In your home?
  • What worthwhile, intangible things do you want to pursue in your life? In your home?

“The endgame is how this new way [of decluttered] living makes you feel, how it allows you to operate, and what it inspires you to do next.” ~ Fay Wolf, New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (and everyone else)

Your Turn . . . What is your purpose for decluttering? As you answered the above questions, were any of your answers a surprise?

Day 16 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Back in my work office. Man, oh, man, do the papers ever PILE up.

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MORE vs less: Dealing With “I Might Need It Some Day”

Day 21 – It happened again this past week. I recently (like in this month) got rid of something, And I needed the exact thing this week. Luckily I found another item that was similar which was good enough.

How do you deal with the stronghold of “I might need it someday, so I can’t part with it today”?

This is a hard one for me. And many times, I’ve gotten rid of something to need it within the week.

Has that ever happened to you?

Hazel Thornton is a professional organizer and time management consultant. She also has a helpful blog. She helps her clients by having them answer 4 questions about their clutter.

  1. What are the realistic chances that I will need this someday?  (If you don’t know, just take a guess. 20% is a fairly low probability. 80% is getting closer to certainty.)
  2. What is the replacement cost of that item? (Consider the time involved, the financial cost, and the energy required. Do not use numbers, just use your gut.)
  3. How much space would be recovered if you were to let it go? (If the item is tiny, the incentive to let it go is reduced. We want the biggest bang for our decluttering buck!)
  4. What is the worst thing that might happen if I needed this someday and no longer had it?

I (usually) have a logical approach to life, but holding onto my stuff defies logic. Answering these questions help take the emotional attachment and illogical thinking out of the equation. These questions help me get back to logical thinking.

Your Turn . . . Do you hold onto clutter because you might need it someday? How do you get yourself to let it go?

Day 15 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Decluttered in the porch closet.

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MORE vs less: Use a Declutter To-Do List

Day 20 – Write a specific declutter to-do list.

I have a friend who is a decluttering master. She shared a tip that WORKS for her.

Write down a decluttering to-do list for each area. And make the list specific.

  • Don’t write. “Clean off table.”
  • Do write, “Step One for cleaning off dining room table  … Pile all papers together … Put all go-backs to other rooms in one pile … Throw away trash … Put wearables in one pile …

You get the idea, be specific. And by being specific you can declutter according to each to-do and not feel pressured to DO the WHOLE table in one time frame. You can do the decluttering according to the time and energy you have available.

Your Turn . . . Have you ever used a specific decluttering to-do list? I never have and will try it with a spot where I can see all the stuff. In my closet I am just taking out one box at a time.

Day 20 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Started cleaning out the closet on my porch. It has a mix-match of items out there: Christmas, art supplies, fall decorations, etc. I will need several more days of decluttering time to get this spot organized.

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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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. House as a mirror of self : exploring the deeper meaning of home by Clare Cooper Marcus
  6. Make Room for What You Love: Your Essential Guide to Organizing and Simplifying by Melissa Michaels
  7. Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act by Barry Yourgrau
  8. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
    by Joshua Becker
  9. 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? 

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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