Small Steps to Clutter Clearing Success

You’ve probably heard that the way to get a big project done is to break it down into smaller steps. However, I’ll bet there have been times when you’ve cursed the advice-givers because even breaking projects down into smaller steps can be a daunting task in itself, especially if you are not a linear thinker. For example, you may freeze up in that task because there could be a right and wrong way to break things down into smaller steps.

Two different women in the last week shared their success stories with me about how they tackled clutter clearing by taking small steps in a way that worked for them, without the usual overwhelm. The first told me that she chose one small task to clean up her cluttered kitchen and did it. For example, she’d tell herself, “I can put all the food away,” and do it. Once that was done she’d say, “I can gather together the papers scattered everywhere,” and do that. Using that method she’d work her way around the room until order was restored. To succeed with her method, it was important that she focus on the one small task and not get sidetracked by everything else that needed to be done. She also needed to ignore the big picture of her kitchen chaos that surely would have overwhelmed her and brought her cleaning and clearing efforts to a screeching halt.

The second woman told me that rather than tackle the overwhelming task of clearing her kitchen, she used the purchase of new glasses as a catalyst for purging older glasses. She brought in two new glasses and planned to get rid of two. Instead, she was pleasantly surprised to find that she could easily get rid of seven glasses. She was also successful in getting rid of several items from her closet. Instead of tackling the whole closet, she just looked for items that obviously could be purged. Those included items that no longer fit, that she no longer liked or that she hadn’t worn in quite some time.

You too can be successful at clutter clearing if you focus on identifying small steps that you can do and doing them. Small steps successfully completed add up to big results over time!

2 thoughts on “Small Steps to Clutter Clearing Success

  1. Debbie

    Madeleine,
    Thanks for you two suggestions for taking action in the face of overwhelm! I’m sure they will help someone tackle their clutter.

    Debbie

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  2. Madeleine Lawrence

    Some great tips in this post – thankyou! It led me to the small but highly satisfying task of cleaning out my desk drawer – FINALLY 🙂
    My favourite method in the face of overwhelm is to just put away 5 things (you could pick any number that suits) each time I go into a particular room. This gets the momentum going without feeling overwhelming.
    Another one I learnt from a friend is to set a timer, even if only for 5 to 10 minutes. this feels do-able, and again, it gets the momentum going.
    have a beautiful day, Madeleine

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