Here is a little example of how my decluttering strategies are helping me in the task of compiling my household inventory.
As you know I have been working away slowly and steadily on this household inventory for a while. Before I began my husband transferred the inventory from our last move, back to Australia from America, into a new program. This inventory did not include the items that had been left behind in storage while we were in America, or items we have purchased since. And of course this old inventory contained many many items that I have long since decluttered. And some items had changed location within the house.
It really was a toss up as to whether to start afresh, with a new inventory, and input everything or delete items from the old one and continue on from there. It was a close decision but we decided that it would be easier in the long run to take the second option. And I didn’t mention that as a result of all of this deleting, moving and probably poor original labelling, there is quite a bit of faffing about to get it right. Also our deadline may be looming sooner than we thought, so a girl can get in a bit of a panic. You know, the sort of panic some people feel when they first begin decluttering when they step back, view the big picture and think ~ This is all too hard.
That feeling started to creep up on me this morning while working on the inventory of our living room items. However I stopped my mild panic in its tracks by shaking myself off and taking a moment to regain order in the face of chaos. All I needed to do was focus on one area at a time. Just like I always suggest here at 365 Less Things when it comes to decluttering.
So I stopped took a look at the walls of the room, compared that to my inventory and added anything that was missing. I then looked around at the furniture in the room and checked that off. That left me with the furniture pieces that held stuff. I then went meticulously through one piece of furniture at a time checking off and adding. I left post-it note markers on each shelf as I completed the count. Once done I moved onto the next shelf and then the next piece of furniture.
As I went along I encountered the odd thing that belonged to my husband that I wasn’t sure of the value of or how he wanted to list them ~ as a job lot or individually. I made a list of these items and will ask him about them this evening.
I was cruising along so smoothly with this strategy that the room was complete in no time and I happily moved on to another area of the house.
As you can see, this is the same approach I advocate when it comes to decluttering…
- Just focus on one thing or one area at a time.
- Make a plan ahead of time on how you are going to work systematically through an area, if that is likely to help things go smoothly.
- Make a list of items that you encounter, that aren’t yours to decide on, then later ask other family members about them. You can easily go back and declutter these items if the choice is to let them go.
- Don’t be in a rush. You know the old saying ~ The more haste the less speed. ~ well it is often the case.
So today I practiced what I preached and all went well.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter one thing that you know hasn’t been used in a very long time that really isn’t necessary.
Eco Tip for the Day
Don’t ignore dripping taps. Replace the washers as soon as possible.
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