“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Do you ever find yourself saying, “It feels like all I ever do is clear this one space!”
Maybe it’s truer than you think. Do you frequently find yourself straightening the same stack of magazines, or looking for the same pair of shoes, or running late for the same reason?
Maybe it’s time to stop the insanity.
“A place for everything and everything in its place.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? But how do I do that?
The Pareto Principle might help. What’s that? You may have heard it called the 80/20 Rule. The 80/20 Rule states that in a situation, 20 percent of the activities are responsible for 80 percent of the results.
Try keeping the items you use most where they are easily accessible and store or give away the rest. Simple, right?
Here are a few ideas:
- When you look in your closet, you may see lots of clothes, but know you only wear a few favorites. Try hanging the pieces you use most at the front of your closet, so you don’t have to dig through the things you rarely (or never!) wear. After a while, you may see that there are quite a few things in your closet that no longer belong there. Set them (and yourself) free.
- In the kitchen, there are probably a few key tools you use. Put them where they are easily accessible and try boxing up the rest. If you haven’t used them in 3 – 6 months, do you need them? (Seasonal items don’t count, but they should be stored out of the way when they’re not needed.)
- Hobby supplies and toys seem to reproduce overnight. It may be time to “rotate stock”. Are there toys your children have outgrown? Are there hobbies you used to love, but no longer interest you? Maybe it’s time to meet with friends and have a swap shop of toys and hobby supplies. You don’t have to remove everything; set aside key pieces that you could still use and let go of the rest.
- I think you’ll find taking the time to identify the 20 % you use most often and keeping it easily accessible will be time well spent.
Want to learn more about the joy of less? This is a very helpful book that I hope will bring you much joy while you strive for less. The Joy of Less.
Goodbye (to clutter),