Create a Strategy and Find your Stepping Stones
After getting really clear on your goals, mastering clutterfree living step 2 is to create a strategy. A strategy gives you a set of stepping stones to success. It’s like using a map; once you know where you want to end up, finding the road to take is easier. The Waze app can’t find you a route until to say where you are going.
Here are some simple guidelines to creating the strategy for your clutterfree living goals:
- Break it down, break it down, break it down. And then break it down again. The most common reason clients don’t succeed at their decluttering projects is that they make the steps too big. They end up frustrated and discourage. Want to declutter the garage? Start with getting the clutter out of your car. Want to declutter your kitchen? Take it one shelf, one drawer or one utensil tray at a time. Success is more likely and you will feel better.
- Look for the next best step. Make it easy. Starting the kitchen with the pantry? Take it one shelf at a time. With that complete, try using that dry-goods success to tackle another cupboard.
- Stick with each step until its complete. Starting with the pantry? Finish each shelf before you move to the food container drawer. That way you can enjoy your accomplishment as each section is complete.
- Purge before you splurge!Before you head to the basket/bin/box store to buy the best container to replace open bags of pasta, clear out the old pasta hiding at the back of that pantry shelf. Find out exactly how many containers you need based on the END of the purging exercise. That way you will know the size, shape, volume, type and number of containers you need for only the items you are keeping.