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?
Whoo Ho Hello Mo!
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”
Glassware Cookbooks Kitchen gadgets Kitchen Equipment Pots / pans Mixing bowls Tupperware Water pitchers Magazines Newspapers Books Over-the-counter medicine Make-up Barretts / hair clips / ponytail holders Cleaning supplies Personal beauty appliances (hair dryer/curlers, electric razors) Bottles of shampoo/conditioner Photos Photography supplies Sewing supplies Craft supplies Scrap-booking supplies CD’s DVD’s Decorative items Candles Figurines Crystal Vases Audio/visual components Audio/visual cables Computer equipment MP3 players Furniture Video game systems Vdeo games Video game accessories Shirts / shorts Pants Coats Dresses Hats Clothes hangers Shoes Winter gear Jewelry Purses Coins P Towels Linen sets Candle Holders Televisions Items on your bulletin board Magnets Artwork Mirrors Home office supplies Pens/pencils Old batteries Tools Hardware Rolls of duct tape Coolers Manuals Phone books Coupons Sporting good supplies Sports memorabilia Aluminum cans Glass bottles Automobile fluids Automobiles Scrap pieces of lumber Brooms Rakes Shovels Garden tools Plant containers Empty cardboard boxes Board games Puzzles Decks of cards Unused wedding gifts Baby clothes Baby supplies Old schoolbooks/papers Army men Bath toys Toy balls Toy cars/trucks Toy musical instruments Stuffed animals Plastic toys Childrens’ old school papers Suitcases Soda Alcohol Processed foods Christmas / seasonal decorations 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!