One day I woke up and decided I could no longer live with my clutter or my sporadic and exhausting attempts to eliminate it.
I needed a new plan that took into account my lifestyle.
It had to be something I could do in 30 minutes and it had to be something simple enough to do with one eye open on days that I only got 4 hours of sleep because of a sick child in my bed or an evening with friends that – Oh my gosh, look how late it is! – carried on into the morning.
I wondered what would happen if I cruised around the house collecting the obvious: broken scissors, too small clothes, expired food etc. for half an hour.
What happened was that I filled 3 bags (toss, donate, recycle) with about 100 things – and felt instantly better.
This was something I could keep doing. But how long would it take to really make a dent in the clutter that was weighing us down?
I have to admit I chose 100 days pretty much at random. It seems like enough time to change habits and see results but not so long such that pets, spouses and children come under scrutiny.
I’ll be tracking the project as I go along. If you want to join me, see the method, for my approach to the project.
And, please let me know I’m not alone by sharing your experiences in the comments!