“When I purge, I get an endorphin rush. I feel a huge weight is lifted from me. As I remove stuff I no longer have to worry about maintaining it, finding a place to keep it or think about updating it. For every new thing I bring into my home I shed another. It’s liberating.” Chris Wray.
Regular readers to my blog will know that decluttering, and reducing the amount of stuff I own is a key aspect of my life. As a recovering sentimental hoarder (with still a long way to go) discarding and not acquiring is key.
My journey toward a family life simply done started in February 2009… 6 years ago really?
I was looking for a little Monday motivation this morning, and it came. While time-wasting on Facebook – sorry I mean doing some research! I stumbled across a link to Chris Wray’s article.
Monday’s are typically the day that it’s all about home organisation and decluttering. Both at the blog and in my IRL (in-real-life) home. The last few weeks it’s fallen by the wayside, as I haven’t been very mobile. But reading Chris’ article, and then popping across to his blog, has kickstarted my urge to purge once more.
To remind me, and you, of a few of the techniques I’ve used over the last few years to tackle the clutter they’re listed below:
Looking for a quick fix – just 20 minutes is all it takes. I frequently play “Declutter 20 things in 20 minutes”.
More gradual approaches, but a good daily habit, is to fill a bag a day to keep the clutter at bay.
Or just take it a drawer at a time.
And don’t forget, it’s all about committing to discarding. There’s nothing worse than declutterers indecision!
I’m still looking for motivation! Do you have a decluttering tip to share?
And I could not sign off today without quoting Oliver Sacks’
“I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends.”
Read the full essay here. Looking for focus and motivation this Monday? This may just do it.