Thursday, February 28, 2013
How To Declutter Your Home: The Brilliant Solution
The first time I hired a cleaning girl was way back in the final two months of my last pregnancy, 26 years ago. For some unknown reason I was developing a very potentially dangerous condition - toxemia - and I was told to basically lay on the couch all day on my left side. This is tricky enough to do with three other children to care for, and so housecleaning was out of the question. That's when we found some cleaning help for a short term .
Then yesterday again, a kind lady came and cleaned my house from top to bottom. Because I'm having difficulty with my achilles tendons tearing and fraying, and because I'm currently wearing an immobilization boot on one foot, walking, much less cleaning, is very difficult and painful. I feel a small sense of failure in admitting that I cannot take care of my home now, but my very loving husband assures me that that is not the case and reminds me daily that this state of hardship is temporary. Hopefully temporary.
Then last night I heard a short blip on the radio that blindsided me WITH ITS BRILLIANCE.
A woman claimed that she had the simple solution to the problem of How To Declutter Your Home. She said that if you eliminate ten items a day, every day for one year, your home will be decluttered (or very well on its way).
Here's the formula:
10 items per day x 365 days = 3650 items gone
That's a lot of stuff gone. As I thought about this, I realized that devoting just a few minutes a day to putting 10 things somewhere is not only simple, but realistically to do.
First, consider HOW you will eliminate the 10 items each day:
I propose having a large trash can nearby for the items being discarded.
I propose having a large box nearby for the items you will donate.
take the filled box or boxes away once a week to your local thrift store. If you don't regularly eliminate your filled boxes, you have just essentially rearranged and grouped your clutter.
I am just amazed at the simplicity of this possibility. Although the rooms of my house are not filled with clutter at all, it's the drawers and closets that are the problem. Do I have 3650 items in them that need to be gone? I don't know. Possibly.
I could modify the equation. How about one month of decluttering?
10 items x 30 days = 300 items gone
Eliminating just 300 items is nothing to sniff at. And while I'm on a roll, if a year is too much, how about just every other month? Or even just working on one room, every day, until it's done? The possibilities are endless, and yet the solution is still simple. Just remove 10 items a day.
I can sense a great tide of motivation swelling up inside of me ------> I will never have to heave/jam/contort myself to shut an over stuffed drawer or closet door again. I just don't need all this stuff.
And so, it is going, going, gone. Ten items at a time.