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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? 

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. If you’d like, you can join our private Facebook group that is encouraging one another in this task.

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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.

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: 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.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less.

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?

Related Post . . . Taking my Hobbies from Plans to Implementation to Finishing

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MORE vs less: 7 Fears Contribute to Clutter

Day 4 – Decluttered a basket of papers and art/craft supplies in my book-case cubby.

Carver mentions 7 fears that contribute to clutter and/or our inability to deal with the clutter. Read the article to get a fuller explanation of each fear. Below is a one sentence synopsis of each fear.

  1. I’m afraid I’ll have to buy it again.
  2. I’m afraid that if I let go of something sentimental that I will forget the memory.
  3. I’m afraid my stuff won’t go to the right place.
  4. I’m afraid I won’t have anything left to give my children.
  5. I’m afraid getting rid of my stuff will take a lot of work.
  6. I’m afraid people will think I am weird or ungrateful because I keep giving things way.
  7. I’m afraid that I wasted money on things and giving stuff away is like money down the drain.

I am attached to my belongings for two reasons.

  1. I may need that item someday. And many times after I have released an item into the world, I have needed it. Argh! So this perpetuates my belief.
  2. An item has sentimental value. So getting rid of it is like getting rid of the person/memory attached to the sentiment.

I need and want to think new thoughts about my belongings. I will start by combatting the two fears expressed above. . . . Maybe by journaling? . . .  Just declutter and live with the uncomfortable feelings? . . . Or???

Day 4 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I cleaned out a basket in a bookcase cubby at work. It had (KidMin) paperwork and art /craft supplies. Since I no longer oversee KidMin, I was able to throw away meeting notes, schedules, and potential curriculum ideas. Boom! Right into the trash without even looking at it. The folks who oversee it, do not need my old ideas.

However, getting rid of art/craft supplies was HARD. I see the potential fun. I see the ideas I want to create. I.e. I have a pint jar filled with white ping-pong balls. Why? I have this idea to make the balls look like bloodshot eyeballs. Wouldn’t that look cool for Halloween?

Maybe another fear I have is that if I get rid of this stuff, I will miss out on fun and cool projects. Do you think I tossed or got rid of this potential craft project? Leave a reply in the comments.

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.

Your Turn . . . Can you relate to any of the fears?  . . . How will you combat it? . . . Do you think that just by doing the work of decluttering, the fear goes away? I am newish to this and don’t know the answer.

Related Post . . . I’m Not Letting Fear Make Decisions For Me

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MORE vs less: Does This Belong in My Dream Home?

Day 3 – Decluttered a pile of papers – no surprises.

This one question is helping me purge with clarity. 

“Anytime I’m not sure about whether or not I should toss something [or if I even want to toss something], I close my eyes and think of my dream home, would this item make it into my dream house, if I were ever lucky enough to get it?” ~ If It’s Clutter… Quick Tips for Decluttering the Home by Kim Rinehart

My dream home would be a Hobbit Hole or Tiny Home as near the ocean as possible. Both of these spaces are small. And to live comfortably my belongings need to be thoughtfully considered and few. I like the idea that I am decluttering with my future, dream home in mind.

Day 3 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = Decluttered a pile of papers, I did not find anything fun, unexpected, or nothing to-do. But I am one pile of papers down.

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.

Your Turn . . . Ponder the question in the title of this post. What do you think about that? . . . How did your decluttering go on Day 3?

Related Post . . .  31 Days of Finishing: Advance Your Dreams

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MORE vs less: How to Think Clutter-Free

Day 2 – I am on track with decluttering 31 minutes a day.

Did you know that a person who doesn’t have issues with stuff thinks differently from someone who does? I’ve never thought about that before. But Lorie Marrero, author of The Clutter Diet has. She shares five such thoughts in this video,

Here is a one sentence description of the thoughts. Watch the whole 5 minute video (below) to get the explanations.

  1. Boy Scout Rule – Leave every space better than you find it.
  2. Clutter Goggles – Use these to see what the area REALLY looks like.
  3. Future Self – Declutter for the happiness of your future self because she will appreciate it
  4. One More Thing – At the end of the day, do one more thing NOW to make tomorrow more efficient and easier.
  5. The Heisman Habit – Be protective about what comes into your home.

 

This morning while I was in the bathroom, I was thinking about these 5 rules especially The Boy Scout Rule. I thought, “I can apply that one right now.” So I tossed a round hair brush (which I never use) and a shower brush that is ancient.

I am one thought closer to thinking clutter-free.

Day 2 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = I started out by the area by the front door: the catch-all bowl, the hooks for coats, and the box for shoes.

  • The catch-all bowl had 50,000 keys. WHY? I tossed them as I evidently don’t need them. I either replaced them or someone gave me a key. However, I am so tempted to make this key snowman ornament. Maybe I should get the keys out of the trash before it is too late.
  • The hooks had a sweater and suit jacket that don’t belong there. I hung these up in my closet.
  • I think I am going to get rid of this box. Besides holding shoes it has umbrellas and reusable shopping bags. Surely there is a better place for these items.

Then I decluttered the side table by my bed. I tossed lots of paper. And I found a pile of notecards. WHY do I have so many of these types of items? The best thing is that I found some mad money. I will put this towards my vacation at the end of the month.

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.

Your Turn . . . Which of the 5 thoughts that Lorie Morreno shared stand out? . . . How did your decluttering go today?

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MORE vs less: 31 Days of Decluttering – Introduction

#Write31Days starts today, October 1st.  100’s of bloggers will write every day on a single topic.

  • Some bloggers will complete projects and write about their experience.
  • Some bloggers will write on a pre-assigned topic.

2017 WRITE 31 DAYS CATEGORIES

  • Family Life
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Food, Health & Wellness
  • House & Home
  • Hobbies & Goals
  • Inspiration & Faith
  • Instagram Series (for micro-bloggers)
  • Simplicity & Organizing
  • Too Awesome to Categorize
  • Writing, Blogging & Tech Stuff

My category is Simplicity & Organizing. And the project that I will write about is 31 days of decluttering.

  • Every day I will declutter for 31 minutes.
  • And every day I will write about this topic.
  • Sometimes I will write about the specifics of my decluttering.
  • Sometimes I will share resources.
  • Sometimes I will share tips.
  • At the end I will see whether my home/life/calendar is different.

WHY am I doing this?

I need it. Despite the fact that I’ve participated in other decluttering challenges, I still have too much stuff. Will this be different? I don’t know. But this time I have identified my “why” my goals for why I want less and not MORE in my home.

I have two goals.

  1. I want to live in a smaller place like a Hobbit Home or a Tiny House. Either one requires that I own less stuff.
  2. I want to be able to leave home more often and more easily. I’d like to visit the grand kiddos, go on extended mission trips and visit more places around the world. Having less stuff to keep track of makes those things easier to accomplish.

Join me in this experiment of MORE vs less.

Day 1 –  31 Minutes of Decluttering = The bookcase by the front door. It was CROWDED and messy. I set the timer for 31 minutes and actually kept at it until the project was done. There is even an empty space on the bottom for library books and videos. Tomorrow I will return borrowed books, go to the Good Will and take out the trash. This bookcase is decluttered!

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.

Your Turn . . . Are you participating in #Write31Days this year? If yes, be sure to leave your link . . . Are you in need of a dcluttering challenge group or encouragement? Look no further. Let me know if you’d like to be part of the private FaceBook group.

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