Whoo Ho Hello Mo!

Whoo Ho Hello Mo!

I love lists.  Don’t you?  That immensely satisfying feeling as you cross off the things you have done.  Decluttering is perfect for list makers.  You can break up the clutter by room, by cupboard, by person, by subject area.  Oddly enough, I have done none of these things.  I  just started in one part of the house and worked my way round, over and over again.  Then I came across this blog by Joshua Becker 101 Physical Things That Can Be Reduced In Your Home .  Oh the joys,  How much of this have I already done?

 

kitchen-clutter

This went in one ten minute sweep around the kitchen.

Yup, hand on heart I can say I have removed at least one if not considerably more of these from my house during the course of the “Great Declutter 2013-14”

  1. Glassware
  2. Cookbooks
  3. Kitchen gadgets
  4. Kitchen Equipment
  5. Pots / pans
  6. Mixing bowls
  7. Tupperware
  8. Water pitchers
  9. Magazines
  10. Newspapers
  11. Books
  12. Over-the-counter medicine
  13. Make-up
  14. Barretts / hair clips / ponytail holders
  15. Cleaning supplies
  16. Personal beauty appliances (hair dryer/curlers, electric razors)
  17. Bottles of shampoo/conditioner
  18. Photos
  19. Photography supplies
  20. Sewing supplies
  21. Craft supplies
  22. Scrap-booking supplies
  23. CD’s
  24. DVD’s
  25. Decorative items
  26. Candles
  27. Figurines
  28. Crystal
  29. Vases
  30. Audio/visual components
  31. Audio/visual cables
  32. Computer equipment
  33. MP3 players
  34. Furniture
  35. Video game systems
  36. Vdeo games
  37. Video game accessories
  38. Shirts / shorts
  39. Pants
  40. Coats
  41. Dresses
  42. Hats
  43. Clothes hangers
  44. Shoes
  45. Winter gear
  46. Jewelry
  47. Purses
  48. Coins
  49. P
  50. Towels
  51. Linen sets
  52. Candle Holders
  53. Televisions
  54. Items on your bulletin board
  55. Magnets
  56. Artwork
  57. Mirrors
  58. Home office supplies
  59. Pens/pencils
  60. Old batteries
  61. Tools
  62. Hardware
  63. Rolls of duct tape
  64. Coolers
  65. Manuals
  66. Phone books
  67. Coupons
  68. Sporting good supplies
  69. Sports memorabilia
  70. Aluminum cans
  71. Glass bottles
  72. Automobile fluids
  73. Automobiles
  74. Scrap pieces of lumber
  75. Brooms
  76. Rakes
  77. Shovels
  78. Garden tools
  79. Plant containers
  80. Empty cardboard boxes
  81. Board games
  82. Puzzles
  83. Decks of cards
  84. Unused wedding gifts
  85. Baby clothes
  86. Baby supplies
  87. Old schoolbooks/papers
  88. Army men
  89. Bath toys
  90. Toy balls
  91. Toy cars/trucks
  92. Toy musical instruments
  93. Stuffed animals
  94. Plastic toys
  95. Childrens’ old school papers
  96. Suitcases
  97. Soda
  98. Alcohol
  99. Processed foods
  100. Christmas / seasonal decorations
  101. Cable channels

But before you hurl insults at me and purge my blog from your reading list…. how many have I removed in the last 4 weeks and how many new items on the list above have I brought into the house.  I know that the latter outweighs the former, not by a lot, but certainly more than our “one in one out” rule and I need to get back on track.

Decluttering is cathartic, exciting and can give you a huge new lease of life if you do it right.  But it isn’t a one off act.  Just like the athlete who won gold at the Commonwealth Games and wants to do the same at the Olymptics – you have to keep training.  You can’t just slack off.

Darren Hardy gives a wonderful example in his book The Compound Effect.  He describes pumping the lever at a well.  At first you pump and pump and nothing happens, you need to create the vacuum that will suck the water up from the water table.  Your arms begin to ache and then finally a trickle appears.  At this point you are fit to burst and ready to give up if all you are going to get is that tiny piddling drip drop of water.  Suddenly the vacuum works and the water starts to pour out, all you need to do is pump the lever gently, with little effort and you have as much water as you want.

But …. if you stop then you have to start over again.  Go through all that pain and hard work.  It’s just the same for ANYTHING you do.  Whether you are decluttering, training for the Olympics or touting for business.  Once you get the momentum going you can move five times faster for five times less effort.  Let the momentum die and you lose everything you have worked for.

Don’t let Mo Go!