Rebecca J sent in a comment on Tuesday and two lines really struck me as something worth sharing with you all in a post. Here is what she wrote…
“6 years ago, my parents decided they both wanted to lose about 50 pounds. They did lose the weight and have kept it off. One aspect of their approach was that they weighed themselves each day and plotted their weight over time in Excel.”
Rebecca J’s parents were clever, maybe unintentionally but clever nonetheless. Whether they realised it or not they actually put in place a task that gave them extra incentive to lose the weight. Seeing the weight drop on the Excel spreadsheet was probably more tangible than seeing it drop on their bodies which would no doubt have added inspiration to keep improving their diet. Rather than focus on what they were missing out on, they had turned the table on those nasty potential cravings by replacing them with a craving to see the weight drops in the spreadsheet.
This is a great tactic to utilise, whether it be through a spreadsheet or just by focusing on an alternative gain. I have done this with my decluttering. By simply focusing on being one item less cluttered everyday, and the joy of passing those things on to someone who can use them, made it easy for me to let things go that I might otherwise have been unable to detach myself from. I replaced a bad habit of holding on to stuff with a new joy of letting it go, even though physically it wasn’t all that obvious I was making a difference.
Photographing all the items was also a help for me to see that I was making a difference. It is nice to be able to look back on the sheer bulk of stuff that has left my home. I wonder how it ever fit to me honest. I must be a genius at organising is all I can say about that.
So give it a go. Focus on the joy of letting go, the freedom that living with less affords you or the joy of helping others. Perhaps start a list of the items you are getting rid of or begin a photo file on your computer so you can see the progress you are making. Measure your departing clutter by the box load, by the square metre or by the trunk load and keep a count. Keeping track and looking back on how far you have come gives you insentive to keep adding to the the count.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter a piece of furniture, especially if its only purpose is to hold items that need dusting. Hopefully your previous decluttering efforts might have freed up such a piece by now.
Eco Tip for the Day
Need a new wooden spoon, salad bowl or even bathroom accessory consider buying sustainable bamboo items.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow