Last week Kayote left a comment on my Righteousness postÂ where she explains how difficult it is for her to find time to declutter. I have to admit I do sympathise living a double income, one child, family life. It is no doubt hard work and downtime is a priority in order to recharge.
But the good news is that decluttering doesn’t have to require much effort at all if you approach it in the right manner. And I am going to try to help with that in this post today. There is nothing new in this post that I haven’t mentioned before but as I always say “Reating the same things in a different manner can bring the breakthrough that people are searching for.”. I know this because I have witnessed it time and time again here at 365 Less Things.
But which comes first the chicken or the egg? Strange question to begin with I know, but that is because I am not sure which order is the right one to arrange my advice in. Will beginning with the practical advice help with the mindset change or will the advice on changing your mindset help one to see how easy the physical side of the task can be?
In this case, although the practical tips are a longer list I will begin with them first because they might clear the path to that change of mindset.Â So here goes.
Decluttering can take but seconds in your day when you can learn to think outside the box. What you have to realise is how effortlessÂ the physical side of decluttering can be byÂ simply plucking an object out of its place in your home while performing your other day to day tasks. Here are some examples…
- While applying your make-up chose one item in your make-up kit to declutterÂ that you rarely use.
- While accessorising your outfit for the day choose one item among your accessories to declutter.
- While folding your wash loads for the week declutter any items that don’t fit nicely, have become ratty or you know are excess to your needs.
- Make a point of trying to cycle through your entire selection of clothing and linen to determine which items are your least favourite and let them go as they appear.
- When playing with your child/children identify one toy item that they don’t seem to choose to play with anymore or is broken and declutter it.
- When preparing the family meal identify a cooking tool that you rarely use and let it go.
- When arranging a meal plan for the week include a recipe to use up unpopular herbs or spices and then don’t replace them.
- When you have read a book or magazine that you are unlikely to refer back to (and be completely honest about this) allocate it immediately to the recycling bin or donation box.
- When choosing a book to read from your own collection decluttering one that you happen upon that you would happily live without.
- While taking time out to relax take just a moment to scan the room you are in and see if you can spy an item you don’t care enough to keep. When you get up to perform your next task take a moment to deliver that item to your transition point.
- Each day for a ware a different pair of shoes. Declutter any that are uncomfortable or shabby.
- If you indulge in a hobby or craft, spy items, as you use your stash, that don’t appeal to you so much either declutter it or get inventive about using it up in a current project.
- When putting out fresh linen for the week make a point ofÂ using a different set every week until you have tried them all. If you have an abundance declutter the least liked items.
- When filing a piece of paperwork remove the oldest similar item and shred it.
- When you buy something new that requires a manual declutter and recycleÂ at least oneÂ manualÂ for items you know longer own.
- When you get up in the ad time to use the bathroom take a quick peak in the cabinet and see if there is something you can spy that you no longer wish to keep. Declutter it.
That is numerousÂ ways to find something to declutter without making much effort. As you can see from the list all of these tasks involve acting upon what you are simply observing. We often spy things in our everyday lives that are less than favourable to us. The only extra effort we have to make is transferring these items to our donation box, the trash or our recycling bin. How hard is that?
So by now I hope you have figured out for yourself how the change of mindset comes into it. And that is ~ Simply change how you see the task of decluttering. It barely even has to be a task or take any time. So stop seeing it as a chore. The whole idea of decluttering a thing a day for me was to turn the mammoth decluttering task, I thought I had in front of me, into a thing of minimum effort. Once I had decluttering the first item it almost became a game to me as to how easy it would be to identify the next item. So make a game of it not a painful task and you may even start looking forward to it rather than dreading it.
It is all in the mind. Trust me.
Today’s Mini Mission
Â Use up something â€œpreciousâ€ in your craft or hobby supplies that you have been saving for a special project that hasnâ€™t eventuated for years. Every moment is special in life so now is as good a time as any to use it.
â€œIf we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think weâ€™d beÂ happy withÂ more?â€ â€” Unknown
Eco Tip for the Day
Not all clothing items need washing after one use. So extend the use of anyÂ items of clothing you can to ensure less washing, which means less water and detergent wastage.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow