One of the things that people most often say when confronted with the concept of decluttering or simplifying is, “I don’t have enough time.”
Now, we have to admit that this is more true for some than others. It’s no secret that some people have way more discretionary time than the rest of us.
It’s actually very healthy and helpful for us to acknowledge our limited amount of discretionary time. In fact, this can be one of the most motivational things to push us toward decluttering.
That’s what this “baby step” concept is all about. We have to be content to do what we can.
If you’re like me, you can get really pumped up about something and want to work tirelessly, night-and-day, until it’s finished. There are definitely times when that needs to happen. However, there are also times when it can’t.
In those times, you really are significantly limited in how much time you have to work on it. This is when it’s important to remember that surrender is not an option. You have to refuse to allow your limitations to stop you from progress.
You have to break your projects down into smaller, doable chunks.
You may not be able to wash, dry and put away all of that backed-up laundry today, but you can do one load.
You may not be able to sort and organize all of the hundreds of toys on the floor in the kids’ rooms, but you can take one box full and work through it during those free 30 minutes.
You may not be able to declutter your entire home office and all the paperwork and books that are stacked all over the place, but you can take 10 minutes and declutter that one drawer in the desk.
These little tasks (and others like them) may not seem like much alone. But, if you do them over and over, as you can, you will put some serious wins on your record. Your confidence in your ability to declutter will increase, and so will your momentum.
Once you begin doing this and feeling the pleasure of accomplishment, it’s amazing how many little pockets of time you find to do more.
What projects or tasks have you left undone because they seem too big to accomplish?
How can you break them down into “bite-sized”, doable steps?