I’ve suffered from procrastination for most of my almost 40 years.
I know, categorically, that I procrastinate for two reasons:
1. I don’t know where to start
2. I feel overwhelmed by what I need to do
The two reasons are intrinsically linked.
I say I’ve suffered for ‘most‘ of my ‘almost 40 years’ because I recently discovered how to overcome procrastination.
Living clutter free doesn’t come naturally to me. Procrastination comes easily. I am not a natural-born minimalist. It takes work and perseverance.
“It doesn’t matter how slowly you go – so long as you do not stop.” Confucius
My minimalist habits have improved greatly since working toward a family life simply done. But as with most things in life, I’m better at certain things than others.
It has a thorough purge and clean each Friday as part of No Waste Tastes Great.
My Achilles heel is sentimental hoarding.
There are still remnants of my sentimental hoard I am dealing with. But it’s much improved. This irrational attachment to all things paper with a hint of sentimentally, if gone unchecked could have caused a huge future problem,
Did anyone catch The Hoarder Next Door last week? I can relate. I wouldn’t do it, but I do understand why Alex has an irrational memorabilia hoard.
There’s a middle ground between my 2 extremes. One end is ‘super organized’ (fridge) the other is ‘in need of improvement’ (sentimental paper). The middle ground is where I manage to keep on top of clutter day-to-day.
“What You Do Every Day Matters More Than What You Do Once In a While.” Gretchen Rubin
I play a decluttering game. Little and often.
It’s called 20 things in 20 minutes.
Those who follow me on Facebook will have already been introduced to my game.
Rules of the game
1. Grab 3 bags – 1 for donations, 1 for rubbish and 1 for recycling
2. Set a timer for 20 minutes
Trying to beating the clock gets you started and reduces declutterers indecision. It also alleviates the feeling of being overwhelmed. After all, who can’t find 20 minutes to do anything? Particularly something as beneficial as keeping on top of clutter?
That’s it. Nice and simple – just how I like it.