Day 283 – So Much Stuff

83 – 100 Tips to Declutter Your Life

I was happy to find a few pages with relevant tips today.

Keeping things tidy, regardless of whether it is at home or at work, is a lot of effort. The best tip in the lot is to not focus on specific techniques to keep organised, but rather to create habits that lead to organisation. Habits are automatic where techniques require a conscious effort.

I thought I already had a fairly comprehensive set of tidying habits, but one that I had not yet mastered (possibly because it’s a big one), is to not let anything into the house without taking a moment to consider what it’s value is, and whether I should even keep it at all.

I have to admit, I’m guilty of mindlessly accepting flyer, and then stacking them somewhere. The stacks turn into piles. The piles start roaming the house. And they mock me and glare at me. When I’m trying to relax.

Same goes for mail, receipts, magazines… all the things that seem so small and simply individually, but that turn into insurmountable problems over time. Once it’s a stack to be cleaned, it is daunting to even contemplate checking each item, assessing its value, and then tossing what I don’t need.

On top of that it is hard to let go of something once collected. I have toyed with the idea of month-labelled boxes, putting stuff in them, and then when the month comes around again tossing whatever is left in them. If I didn’t need it for a whole year, odds are I’ll never need it again anyway.

It’s just…

Where do I keep the boxes?

Oh, and one little practical tip that really appealed to me is for tidying the house: rather than picking things up and taking them to where they belong… pick up everything in a room and drop it into a basket, then take the basket around the house to put stuff away. It saves on a lot of time and effort walking up-and-down the hallway. I’m going to have to give this a shot. It also gives the instant satisfaction of cleaning out a target area in one go.