Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting. Edward Whitacre, Jr.
While you can’t take a series of steps across a canyon (without a bridge), there are times when taking tiny steps forward does make sense. I find that is the case when dealing with clutter.
Try looking around for the easy stuff first:
Food/drug items that are expired
Old make-up and toiletries
Magazines and newspapers that you planned to read “later”
There are some days when I come across things that obviously no longer belong in my life, and I easily fill bags to go out of the house. The sun shines, birds sing and all is right with the world.
However, most days are not like that for me. I’ll make my way through the house picking up things that are not where they belong and then realize they don’t have a place. Now I need to decide where they will go.
Questions I ask:
1. Is it worth making an effort to keep this in my house?
2. Will it replace something else?
3. Where do I use it? Is there room?
(These questions also come in handy when considering a purchase.)
It can be easier to choose between items rather than deciding whether or not to keep one:
Do I prefer the pink glass inherited from my grandmother or the mugs I’ve collected on vacation?
Which will I use more, an extra colander or mixing bowl?
Do be kind to yourself, and remember that answering questions takes energy. After a while you will come to the point where you’ve reached your daily quota of decisions: If you had to make one more choice, your brain would melt. Call it a day. Brew a pot of herbal tea, find a quiet spot, rest, and congratulate yourself for making progress.
While you’re resting, you might enjoy reading Minimalism.
It is such a great book!
Goodbye (to clutter),