Escaping The Clutter Trap : Creating New Habits
Once you have succeeded in getting rid of clutter in your home, your task is not yet complete. A vital component of a uncluttering project to fully claim the life that you want is to maintain your home clutter-free, to ensure that clutter won’t take over your home and your life again. This you can do by creating new uncluttering habits. Unless you create new habits to stay clean, in a few months clutter will be back.
Why do we need to create new habits?
Habits are the actions that we do repeatedly without any conscious volition. Some habits are good and some are bad or some habits are useful and some are not useful to us. Bad habits are exactly the reasons why clutter builds up in our home. Before you can create new habits, useful or good habits, identify first the bad habits that lead to the piling up of clutter, then change it.
The best way to identify the bad habits that caused clutter in your home is to go through your home room by room and try to identify the specific “habits” that cause the clutter in each room. Take the master bedroom, for example. Are you a shopaholic? Do you shop till you drop and dump everything in your closet, on top of the bed, chairs and other surfaces in the room without even opening some of the packages? How about the entryway, do you gather the mail from the mail box when you get home and leave them unopened on top of the vanity table or do the kids park their school bags at the back or beside the main door?
The good news is, we can change our habits. In this life we are not victims – we are the captains of our ship, we make the rules. The first step towards creating new habits is to make a list of all the “bad habits” that you’ve identified room by room and check out the following tips to create new habits.
7 tips to create new habits
Tip # 1 Simplify
– Creating new habits or changing old habits is quite a challenge but you can simplify it by:
– Listing down the rooms of the house.
– Identify the bad habits that you and your family are guilty of that create the clutter in a particular room.
– Opposite the bad habit, write down the new habits you want to create.
– Concentrate on doing the new habit every day for at least 30 days.
Tip # 2 Act out the habit one at a time.
This is vital. Creating a new habit is not going to be easy. Acting out on more than one new habit at a time is one sure way to fail. Remember tip # 1, simplify, focus and allow yourself to succeed.
Tip # 3 Start with some thing easy or small.
As has been mentioned already, creating a new habit is not easy and starting with something easy and small such as sorting out the mail once you pick it up from the mail box, immediately disposing trash mail and attending to the ones that need attention is recipe for success.
Tip # 4 Identify the obstacles to the new habit
Surely you’ve tried changing in the past but failed. Think about what obstacle cause you to fail and write them down. Opposite the obstacle, write down your strategy to overcome it. If the reason why you simply dump the daily mail on top of the vanity at the entryway is that you’re too tried by the time you get home. Then do your sorting while sitting on the couch with your up.
Tip # 5 Reward yourself
Establish a milestone and reward yourself when you reach the milestone successfully. For example, the milestone is a week after you started and every week thereafter and the reward could be a cup of cappuccino from the neighborhood coffee shop. This will be additional motivation, knowing that you’re on the road to victory.
Tip # 6 Make your plans of creating new habit public
Tell your family and friend about your commitment to create a new habit and an update of your progress, post it on your Facebook wall or Twitter profile or email it to your friend. This will serve to motivate you more, knowing that the others are cheering on you.
Tip # 7 If you slip, try and try again
Don’t be disheartened if you fail or revert to the old habit at one point nor should you feel any guilt. Just get back there and try again. Try to analyze why it happened and consider this as an opportunity to learn.
Article : Williams, Jen (2012-07-19). Unclutter Your Life! How to Tame Your Mess, Calm Your Mind, Lighten your Load.