We know it’s important to take baby steps when decluttering our homes and workplaces. But what about those times in our lives when we feel like we don’t even have time for a baby step?
You know what I mean. I’m talking about those times when:
- You’ve gotten way too busy and you’re running from activity to activity.
- You barely have time to eat and grab a few hours of sleep.
- You just can’t seem to find enough margin to get started.
I have some good news! The situation is not hopeless.
There are some things you can do that take almost zero time on the front end.
They can help you begin to notice what things you actually use and need while you go about your everyday activities. These can be very helpful as you search for time to do the bigger projects.
Here are a few examples to get you started:
1- Turn all of the hangers in your closet around the opposite way so that the hook part is hooking from the back. Then, each time you wear something, put it back on the hanger and hang it the normal way. Over a few weeks, you will begin to see which items you actually wear and you will be in a better place to know what to give away.
2- For those of you with children= Put half of the kids’ toys in boxes in the garage. Don’t even sort them. Just box up half of them (remember, we’re trying to find things that require almost no time). You will be amazed how satisfied they will be with what is left. Sure, they may ask for a couple of specific toys. You can pull those out of the box as needed. Over the weeks, this will help you know what toys they actually play with. It will also help the kids learn to be content with less than what they were accustomed to. It’s also kind of fun to pull those toys out after a couple of months and trade them! It’s almost like Christmas!
3- Take a drawer from anywhere in the house (kitchen, office, bedroom) and dump it into a box and put it away. When you need an item, go get it from the box, use it and then put it back into the drawer. After a few weeks, get rid of what’s in the box! You don’t use it.
You get the picture. These types of things are super-helpful when you are overwhelmed and need a place to start.
I’d like to hear from you. What are some other examples of things that can be done with almost zero up-front investment?
Share your ideas with the rest of us so we can all benefit.
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(You can read more about decluttering in these 2 eBooks– Simpler: Declutter Your Life & Focus on What’s Most Important & Living Clutter-Free with Kids in the House)