25 Jan

Forget 5 A Day – More Like 1 A Day

Before you get your knickers in a twist I’m not talking fruit and veg, I’ll talking Junk and Clutter!

Following on from my last post, which was I while ago now I admit but, on the subject of de-cluttering, a good, full-on purge of clutter and junk every now and again is very good for the soul, but if you’ve got a lot of clutter to get through, keeping up a routine of 15 to 30 minute de-clutterfests can be pretty hard going. Forming any good habit is hard… We all know bad ones are easy don’t we. Well, I’ve found the best solution for me is to do it in really small steps.

Micro-Steps to a clutter free house

  • Choose just one item or 1 small pile of paperwork to go through each day.
  • If it’s a pile of stuff, make it small enough to be dealt with in under 5 mins.
  • Quickly decide if the item in your hand or in front of you is worth keeping.
  • Choose what to do with it:
  1. Keep it – Put it in its proper place
  2. Flog It – Check to see if it’s worth anything to anyone by looking at the completed auctions on Ebay for similar items. If it’s worth something, flog it and put the money to good use paying off a debt or towards a holiday. Every little helps!
  3. Gift It – Advertise it on Freecycle or Freegle and gift it to someone who could use it
  4. Recycle It – Put it in your recycling bin or take it to your local recycling bank

Choosing just 1 item a day means you’re not taking hours out your day to do an extra task. While the kettle is boiling, open the Man Drawer in the kitchen and get rid of 1 thing you’ve not used for ages.

Keep it up for 30 days and you’ll be amazed how effective this technique is!