As you all know I advocate decluttering with the slow and steady approach. I often say even if you do just 10 minutes a day it will make a difference. Here are a list of ways that you squeeze in ten minutes of decluttering each day…
- While waiting for the kettle to boil and the tea to brew.
- When having done nothing useful for a while and feel the need to feel better about yourself.
- During the commercials while watching a show on television.
- Between dinner preparation steps.
- When putting the laundry away check the cupboards for unused items.
- While dusting on cleaning day think why do I really want this thing I keep cleaning every week.
- When ready to go out with a friend but they haven’t arrived yet.
- When finished showering and you grab the deodorant, give the cabinet the once over.
- When putting away the dishes pick one cabinet or drawer and do a little decluttering.
- After driving into the garage stop for 10 minutes before going inside and find a couple of unused items that can go in the donation/eBay/garage sale pile.
- When searching for a DVD to watch go through your collection as see if there are any you don’t really want.
- When putting the children’s toys away pull out the broken and outgrown toys.
- When folding the laundry check for items with holes or faded or outgrown by the children.
- Before putting the recycling bin on the street have a look around the house for anything that should go in it like old boxes, magazines that you no longer read, newspapers etc.
- Enlist the children to go through a drawer in their bedrooms and discard items they no longer want.
- When in need of a band-aid declutter the out of date items from the first-aid kit.
- When grabbing a pair of shoes before leaving the house give the shoe box/cupboard the once over and discard any holey or outgrown shoes and ones that just never get worn any more.
- When choosing a book from your bookcase pick a shelf and do a little check to see if there are any book you no longer have a need for or can live without. Popular fiction titles are always available at the library to borrow if you ever feel the need you re-read them while the information in some non-fiction book can become out of date.
- When you finish working on a craft/hobby project pick one area of you work space to declutter.
- Any drawer in the house usually only takes about 10 minutes to clean out.
That list should keep you busy for a while or at least for ten minutes a day for the rest of this month so hop to it. I would love to hear your 10 minute declutter tips so leave a comment on the post so we can all take advantage of our collective knowledge.
ITEM 314 OF 365 LESS THINGS
I am putting together a bunch of craft supplies and having a little sale at a local craft group and these tags will be part of the sale.
5 things I am grateful for today
- Getting my post written early.
- Knowing I have a great post from Cindy to share with you tomorrow.
- Understanding friends – Especially when you forget to text them and let them know you can’t make an arranged outing.
- The pie shop down the street – There aren’t many places in this country where you can buy lunch for three people for $4.50.
- Liam scored a 12 out of 12 on his PTA testing again today – Lets hope he can do it again tomorrow and the next day and then he can start on the brain injury rehabilitation. Also we may be able to bring him home for a couple of hours on the weekend.