Updated: Mar 30
Often what holds us back from tackling clutter is the idea that we don't have the time to get it done. But what if we do? Try this and you just might change your thinking.
Little by little by little by little.
Decluttering an entire messy house, or an entire messy kitchen, might take a while. But what about one drawer in your nightstand? Or the top of your fridge? These small wins add up over time. Plus time passes no matter what you do with it, so you might as well, right?
Don't get me wrong. Busy is totally a thing. So is overwhelm, and stress, and family, and work, and a million other things running through your mind at any given moment. Those of us who are not naturally organized and tidy -- myself included -- often feel anxious and totally defeated by our clutter. A big part of the magic of these tiny little mini-declutters is that they build momentum, confidence, and motivation. Climbing out from under the mental clutter is half the battle.
Here's a challenge for you that might shift your mindset. Choose a small task -- decluttering your silverware drawer, for example -- and check the clock when you start and when you finish. You might be surprised that it takes four or eight or eleven minutes to do something you've been putting off for weeks or longer! Imagine if you did one or two of those projects every day. How much would you have accomplished in a month?
Now you see it, now you don't.
Start in a spot that is highly visible to you on a regular basis. Somewhere that is literally visible -- like what you see when you walk into your front door or your bedroom -- or a space you use daily that just isn't working for you -- your desk, your bathroom counter or cabinet -- is a good place to begin. Seeing your progress every day is another way to feel encouraged, accomplished, and capable of pushing on to get your home in order.
Tell me how it goes.
If this tip worked for you -- or if it didn't -- share your thoughts below, or you can drop me a line here. I'd love to hear from you. Truly.