I LOVE decluttering, which is just as well because I have a tonne of stuff and a knack of accumulating things that any kleptomaniac would be proud of. I have lots of hobbies and interests, all of which come with their own equipment and materials. Whilst I’m not about to give up any one of my 5 sewing machines or any of my kitchen gadgets I love the feeling you get after decluttering, the sense of space and lightness. One advantage of pregnancy is that it gives you serious nesting instinct which for me has manifested itself in the urge to clean out and organise everything from the kitchen cupboards, wardrobe and the garage to my finances and my inbox.
However, does anyone else get stuck half way through decluttering? You get everything out of the box, clear all the stuff that is obviously rubbish, put a few things aside you know you want to keep (usually that you forgot you had) and then get left with the stuff that’s not really useful but might be one day or that you’re not quite ready to part with or, for the eco-conscious have NO idea how to dispose of in an environmentally friendly way. I often get half way through clearing out something and run out of steam leaving a terrible mess that can be harder to face than the original task. Urrrggghh what was that about loving decluttering?
To get round this I have learned to tackle a smaller area at once, one kitchen cupboard (or one shelf) or one box at a time. Then I’m more likely to get through the task before needing a nap / to make dinner/ go to bed/ something else. If it really does all get too much I’m not ashamed to say I have “random stuff” boxes for me to tackle at a later date. Usually when I come back to them I have a bit more clarity about what to do with what’s in it.
In answer to the question what work and life clutter and I going to remove?
I’m going to work on the following:
- Email subscriptions: I have 4 email accounts – 2 personal, one joint and one business and I get so many emails from companies that I’ve either bought something from. I’m always really careful about ticking or unticking the box saying no marketing emails – but they keep coming! So I’m going to go through, unsubscribe and probably delete one of my accounts.
- Information overload: I have so many interests, so many books and so many ideas – that sometimes it just makes my head spin. Through this challenge I’m trying to FOCUS and not get to “head in the clouds”. Writing my MIA’s and business plan is key to keeping on track.
- Bring in less stuff: Knowing that whatever I bring into the house will need to be maintained and found a home for and tidied up. The less stuff I have the less tidying that needs to be done (and although I love decluttering I don’t love tidying!). So I will endeavour to ask: Do I need it? Where will it live? What could I get rid of to make room for it?
If you need any inspiration to get you started or persuasion about the benefits decluttering I highly recommend “Clear your clutter with Feng Shui” by Karen Kingston. You can find her website here.