Frequently experts advise the way to achieve your goals is to work toward them daily.
I’m someone who rebelled against routine for many years, believing myself to be a free spirit, ready to go wherever the wind blows. Rather than a creature of habit – a creative creature of dreams and wishful thinking.
All of my spare time during my early 20’s was spent travelling the UK, bike and surfboard in tow.
As the years progressed the campervan turned into a family home packed to the rafters with stuff that a 4-person family gradually accumulates.
Crunch time came 27th February 2009. You can read all about it here.
Time for change. What had once been a free spirit had mutated into an overwhelmed woman in her mid-thirties.
‘Routine and habit’ no longer translated in my mind as ‘dull and boring’. Getting organised, and uncluttered, started to sound rather attractive.
5 years on I haven’t perfected home organisation at Chez Wright (doubt this? Ask the Hubby!). There has however been major improvements.
How has this happened?
By doing things each day to work toward my goal.
One such major goal is to live in a home where every item has a designated place, and that the item is in that place.
Rather than focusing an organising, focus of reducing clutter, when initially trying to achieve an organised home.
By making decluttering a daily habit, there is an effective path toward this goal.
We all have 24 hours in a day. Can we spare 20 minutes to work toward an important goal? Recent research suggests just 20 minutes a day of exercise is sufficient to improve fitness.
I’d suggest 20 minutes decluttering a day is enough to achieve an uncluttered home.
Stop press – start timer…
(A hand-me-down pile, a charity pile and a recycling pile)
Voila – 20 items in less than 20 minutes.
Importantly these piles will be removed from the house today. Lest they become clutter themselves, moved from place to place.
What can you declutter in 20 minutes (or less – my decluttering took just 10)?