Tomorrow starts a short stretch of decluttering I’ll call 15/15 – 15 days of 15-minute tasks. Even in the hazy days of summer, a little decluttering can create some clearer spaces around your home.
Today’s task is to decide when you’ll do your 15-minute task. You know when you usually look at emails and read the task for A Year of Decluttering. When will you declutter?
I always get caught in the “I’ll get to it at some point today” trap. Fifteen minutes doesn’t seem like a big deal, so why bother scheduling it? Because too often, tasks that can get done at any time get done at no time.
You don’t have to set an alarm to prompt you to do the task (unless that works for you). Instead, consider linking decluttering to a task you already do – washing the dishes, tidying the kitchen counter, making your bed.
Tell yourself, “After I (action), I will then do the decluttering task of the day.” Have a contingency plan in case the task doesn’t apply to your home. For example, plan on deleting five digital files if the task of the day is one you don’t need to work on.
When selecting a prompt for decluttering, consider choosing one that already has you moving around, so starting to decluttering flows from the previous task.