On New Year’s Day 2020, I decided to start a challenge on my other blog to declutter or introduce a mini system around the house every day in order to reduce the amount of stuff and provide more clear space.
Yesterday whilst I was writing my thirteenth post, I thought about how happy I was about blogging again. I’m comfortably fitting it in around work, the family and other daily tasks, so there’s no stress involved and zero pressure.
- DECISION I first decide what I’m going to declutter which is very easy at the moment because there’s a lot to do. It could be as simple as one drawer, my handbag, or the stuff lurking in the corner of the dining room.
- PHOTOS I usually take ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos, although I’m sometimes too embarrassed to show the before one.
- TASK I don’t have to spend any more than 10 minutes doing the task (but it can be more if I am feeling particularly motivated or have a bit more time).
- BLOG I upload the photo and write a few paragraphs about the day’s challenge. I can choose to take as little or as much time as I like to do this, but generally I can get it published within 10-15 minutes.
- MY OWN STRATEGY I needed to find a different way to tackle the clutter as I’ve read many books and tried different strategies over the years without long term success. Whilst I have picked up some good ideas from other authors, I find that it works for a while and then I go back to my old ways. It just hit me on New Year’s Day that I have to find my own way.
- TO MOTIVATE OTHERS To hope that others out there will feel inspired to do the same i.e. clear something, introduce a new system… however small… daily. Even if you only have 2 minutes, it’s easy to make a small improvement. It could be that you are brushing your teeth with one hand and putting some random bottles and other items away with the other. That’s it!
I hope you will choose to follow me on my decluttering journey, or feel motivated to do the same.
Until next time…