This post was inspired by Pamela from Magic Meadows. While visiting her blog the other day I noticed the following admission on her front page…
My first thought when I read this is that ‘not starting because I think I’ll never finish’ is the way a lot of people feel when their homes get to a point where they can’t see the surfaces for the clutter. Giving up too easily is also an issue when you focus too much on the size of the job at hand rather than just steadily working at it. The job of decluttering reminds me of the songs lyrics – so high you can’t get over it, so low you can’t get under it, so wide you can’t get round it…The only approach left is to plough right through it one step at a time.
The task ahead may not look interesting but the end result is surely worthwhile. Doing the hard work may not be what you have always wanted to do but having a decluttered home is certainly something you want to have. It won’t disappear if you don’t try but once you start to see the results for your efforts it gets easier from there.
I don’t use a systematic approach because my clutter was hidden clutter but if your home has obvious clutter that is bringing you down then the best places to begin are the areas that you use the most and your area of rest.
I suggest you start with your bedroom so you have a haven for rejuvenating yourself at the end of a long day. You want to be able to rest peacefully which isn’t easy when you are surrounded with things that cause you grief.
The next area I would start on is the kitchen because it is the one area that gets used a lot and needs to be hygienically clean which is impossible if it is cluttered to a point where you can’t wipe down the surfaces. Wherever there is food preparation going on cleanliness should be a high priority.
Almost as important as the kitchen is the bathroom areas. These areas also need to be hygienically clean as there is no point trying to wash yourself in an area that is possibly less clean than you are. As in the kitchen, this area can’t be cleaned properly if there is stuff littering the surfaces. Also like the bedroom, this is an area of rejuvenation where you wash away the grime and stress of the day. You will find that far more possible if this area is clean and uncluttered.
Remove all visible clutter from these areas as quickly as possible and then settle into and easier pace with the other the hidden clutterareas of the house. Trust me, so long as you add no new clutter you will start to see improvement quicker than you think. If you get overwhelmed at times take a short break in an area of your home that you have already decluttered and look around you to remind yourself it is well worth the effort.
As the old saying goes
If at first you don’t succeed try and try again!
Today’s Declutter Item
I am grateful from anything that brings me joy. Below are five things that gave me joy today.
- Getting that pile of ironing out of the way – I have been ignoring it for a while.
- Coming to the rescue with an icepack for the builder that fell through my balcony today. – He didn’t fall all the way through only his leg but he sprained his ankle.
- Liam (my Son) registered for his university classes today and has a job interview tomorrow – Not bad for a guy who only four months ago had a serious brain injury.
- Finding something new to declutter everyday
- Crossing the railway tracks five times today without a train coming along and making me wait.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow.