I received a comment from Bernadette on the 365 Less Things Facebook page this week that said…
“I enjoy getting rid of things. It is so liberating. Got rid of a bunch of old photos today.”Â
And that is a great example of the key to getting anything done, which is enjoying the process. If you can get yourself to that point, with any challenge, then how can you fail. After all, whoÂ won’t do whatever they can to find some time in their day to do the things they enjoy doing.
I have always enjoyed my decluttering which was what made it such a success for me. Even when it also required rearranging things which can be physically taxing. The key to getting to that point for me was deciding to do it slowly and effortlessly. Just those two words make it sound like something that could therefore be enjoyable. And it was. As Bernadette said “It is so liberating.”
Liberating because the less stuff you have the less maintenance is required to keep it all in good shape. Liberating because the more you let go the more you realise how little you really need, therefore you don’t shop so much anymore. That liberates you from the desire to acquire which, for me, was certainly a big bonus of the process of decluttering. And shopping is very time consuming, just getting to the shops generally takes longer than the ten minutes a day I subscribe for your daily decluttering effort. So how hard can it be.
Some of my readers find the mini missions to be enjoyable. Rising to the challenge of finding something to match each days mission and then sharing that achievement with their fellow 365 Less Things readers is very inspiring for them. Some readers have enjoyed their ongoing involvement in Nicole’s post ~ Decluttering With Friends…Â . OthersÂ just rise to the challenge of finding that one thingÂ in their homes each day.
Even now, thatÂ my home is howÂ I wanted it to be, I still enjoy finding things to declutter, or using up things I have had for a while that I have no intention of replacing.
So if you are still procrastinating aboutÂ starting you decluttering journey thenÂ I would suggest that you…
- Have an open mind to the idea that it could actually be enjoyable.
- Fight against the resistance and just make a start by finding one simple thing each day.
- Share your achievements with your fellow declutterers here at 365 less things.
- Seek their advice if necessary and soak up the encouragement I am sure they will give you.
- Do that for about a month and I am sure you too will find the enjoyment that decluttering can bring.