I received the following email from Sanna on the weekend and decided, on her request, to share it with you word for word. Hopefully Sanna will find some other 365ers who might like to join her in her quest.
Sanna: I just got so fed up with my still cluttery home and set myself aÂ challenge for the next weeks. It would be lovely, if you would shareÂ it with your readers, as I’m secretly hoping that someone will (atÂ least in part) join me! 😉
I’ve been busier than usual during the last few months and at theÂ moment it’s an extremely busy time – in job, volunteer activity andÂ home (we’re having a guest for a month soon). It’s a time that isÂ prone to make my home look messy.
I have been decluttering for quite some time now and probably got ridÂ of half my possessions – maybe even more. Our home looks neat andÂ spacious when it’s all cleaned and orderly, but in busy times, it’sÂ still a mess. In trying to conquer that problem, I lately thought aÂ bit about my experiences during the decluttering process and stressfulÂ times. I find, there is a direct proportion of clutter and mess in myÂ home – in that clutter will turn into mess as soon as there is lack ofÂ spare time for just sorting and cleaning for the sake of it.
So, what is clutter? I tried to find set numbers that help me defineÂ what is necessary and searched for definitions of categories of thingsÂ that are per se clutter. It would have been so nice to have aÂ definition and just declutter accordingly. Alas, to no avail. PeopleÂ are different from one another and so, what is clutter and what’s notÂ is also a very personal thing. However I think, there is one componentÂ that indicates clearly if something is clutter: it’s randomness.Â Clutter is random, while valued possessions have their definedÂ purpose. Whenever you don’t know for sure, how many of something youÂ own, what the specific items look like exactly, why you have it in theÂ first place or when you will use it next, it’s most certainly clutterÂ in your home. All these things tend to not get put away on time,Â because they’re not really needed in their assigned space or maybeÂ don’t even have one. They clutter up drawers and cupboards taking upÂ space, so the things you actually use don’t fit back in. They preventÂ you from knowing where things are and have you waste your timeÂ searching (and maybe making mess when doing so). Overall, they put anÂ uncertainty to your possessions, for you don’t know really whether youÂ have a certain type of screw/tool/whatever at home nor where it wouldÂ be.
Over the years, I got rid of lots of things I use regularly and had anÂ overabundance of. Also I decluttered all decorative items that hadn’tÂ been on display. However, there are still these huge, randomÂ assortments of buttons, zippers, stickers, rags, thread, screws, pens,Â … I did go through them from time to time as well, but many of theseÂ little things don’t take up much space, even if there are hundreds ofÂ them. That is, if you’re putting them in their space regularly.Â However in busy times, they are what turns my home into a mess, byÂ cluttering tabletops and worse my mind by being out of place all the
So now, I set myself a goal for the next weeks, which is to declutterÂ 20 things a day, every day, for at least three weeks, maybe more,
until there are no more random assortments in my home, just a fewÂ selected items of each of these categories. I’m really counting everyÂ single little thing, ’cause it’s exactly those little things thatÂ drive me crazy.
I already started yesterday and here’s what I got rid of in two days:
4 greeting cards I got for my birthday 3 months back
1 gift bag
2 hair clips
1 piece of ribbon
1 emery board
Not that one would see the difference yet, but I’m sure it will showÂ in a few weeks!
So who would like to join Sanna in your quest. choose your own number of things to declutter each day to kick start your decluttering in an effort to simplify the maintenance of your home. I might even give it a try myself at a 10 item per day target. My targeted area will be my craft supplies but may spread throughout the house.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter as many items as possible cluttering up your shower recess. Only keep in there what you use very regularly, as excess items get mouldy and soap scummed which can cause odours and harbour germs.
Eco Tip for the Day
Send you clutter out into the world that it may be of use to someone else. Someone who won’t have to resort to buying new.
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