I seem to have been at this de-cluttering lark for an age. What have I learned so far ?
FOCUS —- stay on a narrow track when you are de-cluttering. It is all too easy to get deflected into other things that need to be de-cluttered. Clutter is around every corner when you first start and for a long time after. Pick very small categories. Ties not clothes. Screwdrivers not all your tools. Don’t watch videos of young people de-cluttering their bedrooms, they have no idea what clutter really is until they have spent a lifetime accumulating it.
SPACE —- this is an obvious statement, but the sooner you can create some space in each and every category of clutter the easier it gets. Because you will inevitably find more of the same things stashed away in some long forgotten location. You will also buy more things like books over time. But, no more ties and definitely no more socks.
PATIENCE —- it can feel like hard work. When it gets very hard work — stop, chill out with a cup of tea in the garden or enjoy a beer or if you are finished for the day use up some whiskey clutter. Or, better still, go on a complete break and have a holiday away in somebody else’s clutter free house.
FUN —– Tidy Bears. Introduced an element of fun into an essentially boring process.
RUTHLESS —- if you don’t want to have to re-visit a category you have to be ruthless at the outset and QUICK so you don’t change your mind.
These are my reflections on de-cluttering to date. I won’t learn to love it but I expect to end up with less to think about and a simpler life ……….. eventually.
Next I’ll make a start on boxes 🙂