Last weekend we bought a new printer/copier/scanner/fax because the old one was returned to HP for a refund due to that fact that it was a lemon. But don’t get me started on that story! The minute my husband had it up and running he began scanning documents into the computer so he could throw away the old paperwork. You see, this new machine has a document feeder where as the old one (among other issues) had to have each item loaded manually one at a time. That one inconvenience caused a big hinderance to this process causing the task to come to a standstill.
For some months now I have been trying to produce an eBook about decluttering your kitchen. I am probably about three quarters of the way through. I have to use the big computer upstairs to write this eBook because my MacBook Pro doesn’t have Windows Word program due to the fact that our version only allows us to run three subscriptions and mine is the forth Apple in line. It is colder up stairs in the Winter and hotter in the summer and just inconvenient running that computer when I have a perfectly good one in my lap for most of the day. Hense it deters me from finishing this project. Small inconvenience yes but a road block for me nevertheless.
When it comes to decluttering, my small inconvenience is usually selling stuff. Sometimes it is just a lot of bother finding the right selling method. I usually get there in the end because I am determined to make some money back on the item or I am inspired by previous successes. Nevertheless there are still items taking up space in my home simply because I want to sell them and haven’t found the right method.
What is the inconvenience holding you back when it comes to decluttering. Is it really so insurmountable that you deprived yourself of the joys of living with less. Stop and think about this for a minute. Maybe you aren’t even sure what is holding you back. As an experiment why not spend one week ignoring that inconvenience and move forward anyway. Step out of your comfort zone just for one week and see what progress you make. Perhaps you will realise that the results are worth the effort or perhaps you will figure out what is holding you back and find a way to remove that hinderance. Keep analysing the situation as the week progresses and see if you can come up with some solutions.
Maybe you just haven’t figured out you best methods of disposal. Maybe you have trouble letting go. Maybe you don’t know where to begin. Maybe the solution is to begin with the easiest things, things that can go in the trash, items you have not personal attachment to, items that obviously need to go and you are happy to let go. Find your stickling point and push your way passed it, sometimes it is just the fear of the unknown. Once you conquer that fear there will be no holding you back.
Good luck and happy decluttering. And don’t forget, if you do work out what your road block is and you need advice on how to get around it, please leave a comment. If I don’t have the answer maybe the 365lessthings collective voice might. There is a lot of experience and knowledge to be shared between us all.
Today’s Declutter Item
This is another necklace among my craft items that I have chosen to liberate to the thrift store. I am comfortable with the idea that I will probably never deconstruct it and use the beads to make something else.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
The house is clean and tidy and the guest room is ready for visitors on the weekend. When I say ready I mean even the mattress has been vacuumed. It is good to be so decluttered and organised that there is time enough to leave no stone unturned when it comes to presenting a fresh, clean and comfortable place for my guests to lay their weary heads.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow