By Susan McCarthy
You can approach managing your time while decluttering your home in a couple of ways – a few minutes every day or working several hours on a single day. There’s advantages and disadvantages to both methods and the one you use depends more on the task than the time you have available.
And while you can stick with one technique, you may find that your progress is quicker if you have the flexibility to work both ways – a few minutes here and there as well as day-long bursts of decluttering energy.
But how do you decide which is the best method for you and the task or project at hand?
The Benefits of Decluttering 15-Minutes a Day
I think people overlook how much they can accomplish in just 15-minutes a day. A quarter hour a day adds up to over 90 hours over the course of a year! Can you imagine setting aside two work weeks of time to clear clutter from your house?
The biggest benefit here is that fitting in 15-minutes isn’t a hardship. That’s not saying your life isn’t crazy-busy, but is it realistic to think you’ll be able to clear six-to-ten-hours from from your schedule some weekend to declutter the kitchen?
Decluttering for a quarter hour looks like a single shelf within a cabinet…or maybe half a shelf. If a space is crammed with stuff, you may spend one mini session pulling out things that can get tossed or donates and then your next mini session emptying the contents, decluttering some more, and then returning items neatly to the space.
Decluttering this way requires that you look at decluttering as a series of small categories (plates, socks, cookbooks) or spaces (shelf, drawer, shoebox-sized bin) as opposed to focusing on your entire kitchen or closet.
If you focus on the grander project, then you’ll end up frustrated that it’s taking forever to clean your kitchen a few minutes a day. However, if you can’t see where to fit several hours of work into your schedule, those few minutes every day will become a clean, decluttered, organized space.
Hi, I’m Susan.
And I’m here to help you clear the things cluttering your life so you can do and have more of what’s important to you.
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