I’ve been traveling the last few days and so I haven’t been able to work on my Clutter Countdown Challenge, but I’ve been giving it a lot of thought.
As I slowly declutter areas of our home, my desire is to halt the habits that have been continually sabotaging my progress.
I’ve also reminded myself that this is a journey, not a destination. This is not a crash diet. It will not happen all at once. I didn’t get here overnight and I can’t get out from under it overnight either, but my desire is to become accountable for my progress and stick with it.
That’s why we are taking 15 minutes a day. The secret is slow and steady. Let’s capitalize on our success and keep motivated. Let’s clear the clutter and then figure out the routine to keep the space organized because as we eliminate, we begin to exert control over our situation.
It feels so amazing, doesn’t it? As I clean each space, it relieves a bit of congestion and I just can’t wait to do a bit more.
I love Barbara Hemphill’s truth: Clutter is just postponed decisions.
In her studies, The Clutter Factor™:
Research shows that 80% of what we keep we never use, and ironically, the more we keep, the less we use.
As I spend more time getting rid of things, I realize the truth of this statistic, so why do I always hold onto things I don’t use?
To decide whether to keep something, ask yourself,
“Does this ________ help me accomplish my work or enjoy my life?”
If not, it’s clutter!
Be prepared to be brutally honest with yourself.
Barbara also reminds me that there’s a COST FACTOR: You can keep everything you want as long as you’re willing to pay the price—in space, time, energy and money.
Well, I don’t have extra space, extra time, extra energy or extra money to give, so I need to GET RID OF IT!!
Let’s do this, my friends!
How have you been doing the last few days?
Remember, challenge yourself to just 15 minutes today and by the holidays, we’ll have a new home to enjoy.