by Susan McCarthy
Everyday practice: Five or ten minutes of decluttering or straightening a small space - an end table, a single shelf, etc. - makes a difference. Don't think that you need to wait for a block of time.
There are times during the year when you have neither the time nor inclination to get involved in a large decluttering project. Decluttering small spaces – the top of an end table, a single shelf, the area around the bathroom sink – serves the greater purpose of reinforcing your intention to become an organized person.
Some small spaces to consider decluttering (these areas won’t be accompanied by articles this month):
Another advantage to decluttering small spaces is that it takes less time to maintain order in these places. You can quickly notice the dirty coffee mug and magazine set on the previously cleared coffee table. Putting the mug in the dishwasher and the magazine in its basket not only keeps the space clear but also acts as a reminder that this is the type of action an organized person takes.
Devoting 15-to-30-minutes to organizing one small space won’t transform your home. However, if you viewed your entire home as a collection of small spaces to declutter and organize, you’d become organized – all without blocking off an entire Saturday to clean the garage.
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Susan, chief (and only) organized squirrel at A Less Cluttered Life, pursues learning, practicing, and sharing information about the everyday habits that can lead to living a better life.