3 Steps to Mastering Clutter-Free Living
In my experience, there are only 3 steps to mastering clutter-free living. With the consistent application of these three steps, applied to any decluttering project on a regular basis, clutter-free living can easily be achieved.
During March I will explore all three of these steps in more detail. I’ll give you an understanding of how easy they can be attained and tips to apply right away.
Clutter-Free Living, A Modern Issue
Mastering clutter-free living is the subject of much literature. A quick scan at the local newspaper stand, revealed multiple publications with the words declutter, clutter free or organizer on the title page. With the Covid 19 pandemic keeping many of us very close to home the last two years, we have become even more aware of the clutter and many have become more bothered by it.
Sure, you can spend the weekend decluttering the garage, the family room or your home office. But then what happens the next week? Does the office become cluttered and full of papers yet again?
Step 1: Achieve Clarity
If you want to know how to get somewhere, you have to know where you are going. Get really clear on what you want to achieve with your clutter-free project. This is probably the most important step of the three. Here are some tips to help:
- Get clear with yourself on what you mean by declutter. What are your expectations of yourself? An empty closet or just nothing on the floor? Not everyone has the same understanding.
- Create a picture in your mind of the decluttered space. Have a vision for what you actually want to achieve. What does your decluttered kitchen look like?
- Find some pictures (digital to avoid more paper clutter) of what you want your clutter-free space to look like.
Step 2. Create a Strategy
With a clear vision of where you want to end up, finding a path is much easier. Keep that vision in mind and identify the steps you need to get there. Make a plan. It does not have to be complicated.
- Break your project into bite size pieces that you can manage in the time you have available. Is this something that you can only give a few hours? Pick a series of decluttering tasks that will fit into that time frame and end with the vision you have in mind. Here are some 10 minute ideas.
- Think of clutter-free living as a process and include in your project daily tasks that will keep the area/room or space clutter-free moving forward.
- Keep the plan simple. Think, one step at a time e.g one box, one drawer, one closet.
Step 3. Take Action
Figure out the first step to take that will start you toward you vision. Is it a box to empty a table to clear or a cupboard to sort. Do you need to start just with one drawer in the kitchen in the 30 minutes you have available. Find the first step.
Here’s the thing about taking action, it creates energy. Once you start on your path, you will find it easier to keep going. Once you have achieve a little success, even one old box worth, you can celebrate the achievement and use that energy to get to the next box. Or the next drawer.
Clarity, strategy and action, together, form a simple 3 step process for mastering clutter-free living. It doesn’t have to be complicated. The simpler the better.