More than one person commented last week that they can’t believe they areÂ still finding things to declutter after years at the task. And what I say to that is ~ rejoice and be glad. Usually after most people do the usual kind of quick declutter they find they are back at square one a couple of years later.Â With a slow and deliberate declutter one gives a lot of thought toÂ their habits of acquiring andÂ holding on to stuff. Being aware of these habits makes it much easier not to make the same mistakes in the future.
The reasonÂ why years later they are still finding things to declutter is because they grow more and more willing to part with more and more stuff. It isn’t Â because they have recluttered their homes, instead their homes are getting less and less cluttered all the time. Usually less cluttered than they ever thought they would. And having well entrenched systems to offload the clutter makes the task simple.
For example ~One reader (Peggy) last week commented onÂ how she decluttered some extra hand lotion by putting it in the bathroom at her favourite coffee shop. On later inspection she found that it was indeed getting well used. That is just one example of some clever thinking on how to dispose of stuff. But I digress.
I am glad to be still finding things to let go of in my home. I am also happy to be vigilant about decluttering something in place of any new thing coming in. I don’t waste my energy worrying about the clutterÂ I simply stay ahead of it by loosely following that one in-one out rule we talked of last week. When I say loosely, I don’t rigidly remove something immediately that something else comes in, but I am intuitively aware of any small build up and rectify the situation fairly speedily.
So don’t be concerned if you are still finding clutter after a long time. Also don’t have any expectation of an end date to your decluttering journey. This isn’t really a finite task anyway it is a change of lifestyle. And positive change in something worth sticking with.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something hiding, and rarely if ever used, in the back of a kitchen cupboard.
Eco Tip for the Day
It takes but a second to flip off a switch, so don’t leave lights on when you leave the room.
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