Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom
A few weeks ago, this short article from The Change Blog was a Friday reading, and I’ve been thinking about it on and off ever since. The point of the article was that you might be more successful setting firm, absolute rules for yourself, rather than “trying.”
How can we apply these rules to leading a more decluttered life?
I will ALWAYS put my keys in their proper place when I enter the house.
At the end of each day, I will ALWAYS put the newspaper in the recycling bin.
Each day, I will ALWAYS declutter one item. (Perhaps even, each day immediately after dinner, I will ALWAYS declutter one item.)
Before I check out at the store (any store), I will ALWAYS check my cart to be sure that I am not buying unnecessary, extraneous, or duplicate items.
I will NEVER buy nonconsumable items on impulse, no matter how much of a bargain I think it is.
I will ALWAYS put away the items I get out.
I will NEVER let the potential value of something stop me from decluttering it.
I will NEVER keep something I hate in order to please someone else.
I will NEVER purchase duplicate or triplicates of items I have at home, just in case.
I will ALWAYS consider the environmental impact of my purchases.
What will you ALWAYS or NEVER do? Mine is: I will NEVER start a load of laundry without committing to folding it as soon as it’s dry. Backed up laundry can be a real clutter in the laundry room, and my husband hates it when his clothes are wrinkly.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something you have been undecided about for a while. I sometimes put items aside that I am procrastinating about but after a while I get tired of seeing them in the “maybe” pile and just bite the bullet and get rid of them. These are often the kinds of things I sell on ebay. Selling them makes me feel better about my decision.
Today’s Declutter Item
Here are some procrastination items I finally decided to send to the thrift store last week. Actually I send two of them to the thrift store some months ago but I thought the last four might come in useful in my guest room when we had visitors. In reality the chest of drawers in that room are all but empty anyway so if visitors wish to unpack items from their luggage they can pack them into there. The last four of these have just been wasting space in the garage.
Something to be grateful for today
A good report at my six week post-op doctors check up today. Two more weeks and life can return to normal for me. Yay!
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast