7 General Action Plans for Decluttering Your Home Successfully
Uncluttering your home successfully starts with a resolution. New Year may have been several months past, but anytime is as good a time as any for making a New Year’s Resolution to really clear up all the clutter in your home. Often times, resolutions fizzle out with the light of day. But this time resolve to be successful.
From here on, we will focus on action plans towards success or the framework for attaining success as well as the detailed strategies or approaches on how to unclutter your home.
Let’s look at the general plan of action that will ensure that this time you won’t accept anything but absolute success with the following 7 strategies to success.
7 Action plans for success
1. Choose a strategy or a combination of two or three strategies to unclutter – Chapter 5 is about the 7 Strategies to unclutter. Choose one or a combination of two or three Strategies as the strategies you will employ in your current effort. All these strategies are known to work.
2. Determine general clutter categories and where and how you’ll tackle each general category. – Nail one category and take it out of the working area into another space, if possible a clear area where you can focus on the work at hand without being confronted with the magnitude of the work that still needs to be done.
3. Finish each task completely – One you’ve sorted the stuff into categories and have decided what to do with them – donate, sell, throw away or keep, complete the process, make sure that you do it NOW. Make arrangements with the recipients of your largesse to either have them picked up immediately or designate a drop off point where they can get it and deliver them there. Boxes and bags filled with stuff for donation are still clutter.
4. Schedule time to clear the clutter – Don’t be tempted to go on a fevered frenzy of uncluttering efforts. Clutter that gradually builds up can’t be cleared in one burst of feverish clearing up. A successful uncluttering project will need energy, motivation and TIME. When you commit time to the project you are also strengthening your motivation to have a clutter-free home. Several hours a
5. Create new habits – New organizing methods, new habits and new household routines. In fact, a complete new mindset or philosophy is what you need such as not creating clutter in the first place. It is one important step that is likened to changing your eating habit as against simply going on a diet. Without having a new mindset, you might just backslide.
6. Don’t aim for perfection – Even the best home organizers will find it very difficult to convert your home into one of those homes advertised in magazines with drawers and closets that resemble those in the ads. If after your uncluttering effort you’ve created a space that works well for you, then you’ve achieved success.
7. Celebrate your success – Most of the times we take success for granted – forgotten as soon as they’re attained. On the other hand, a botch up job gets more attention – is analyzed to death and given a post mortem examination. Of course it’s important to review the reasons for the failure and learn from them so that they can be avoided in the future. Unfortunately, we take morbid pleasure in beating ourselves up for the failure rather than learning the lessons it teaches us.
Every time you accomplish one goal in your uncluttering efforts, celebrate your success! Give yourself a pat on the back, brag about it to your friends, neighbors and family and reward yourself for your triumph over clutter. The reward does not have to be material – a longer coffee break with a friend to regale her of your struggle through the process and final victorious outcome; a special dinner treat for you and your family or a weekend getaway will all be appropriate. The reward and how you celebrate is not important, what’s important is that you mark your success.
Article : Williams, Jen (2012-07-19). Unclutter Your Life! How to Tame Your Mess, Calm Your Mind, Lighten your Load.