Last week I dubbed one of my decluttering efforts “Chain Reaction Decluttering” and Jennifer suggested I write a post about it. The basis of chain reaction decluttering is that you declutter one thing or an small area and by so doing effect a chain reaction of more decluttering. For example…
- I decluttered some of my craft supplies which allowed the opportunity to rearrange my craft space in so doing I freed up some storage containers which in turn were able to be decluttered.
- I decluttered towels, sheets and duvet covers from my linen closet with freed up a shelf which allowed me to transfer the few still useful to me items that were under my bed which assisted in my under-bed decluttering efforts.
- I sold all our ski clothing on ebay with left very few items in a huge under-bed storage box. Those remaining items could then easily fit elsewhere in the house. This left the floor under my bed finally clear of clutter.
- I slowly decluttered china and other items from my buffet and hutch while at the same time I decluttered excess items from my kitchen. Eventually there were so few items left in the hutch that I could move most the remainder to the space I had freed up in the kitchen. This allowed me to give away the hatch which freed up the buffet section to become our TV unit. The TV unit had been temporarily positioned on an old coffee table which then was of no use to us and could also be decluttered.
In reality all decluttering has the potential to cause chain reactions. But if you are only decluttering enough to alleviate the pressure on a space there will be no chain reaction. If however you are willing to continue your decluttering to its full potential chain reactions will undoubtedly occur and your home will become a tidier, easier to clean, comfortable and serene space to live in. So what do you want from your decluttering? Do you simply want to relieve the pressure only to, more than likely, end up back at square one soon enough? Or do you want to follow though causing wonderful chain reactions that not only have the potential to free up lots of space in your home but to possibly free you of the desire to acquire stuff in the first place?
Today’s Mini Mission
How many handbags do you have and how many of them do you actually use. Declutter one that that you haven’t used in a long time because you don’t love it like you once did.
Today’s Declutter Item
Here are some more of the crafting supplies that I decluttered which played a part in the chain reaction decluttering of several storage containers from my craft area. I recently sold these books on ebay.
Something I Am Grateful For Today
Meeting up with some of my long time readers in Sydney.
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“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