I’m reading the book The Choir by Joanna Trollope. In the book, the organist goes into his cluttered home. He thinks, “It was so unintelligent to live like this, because it was exhausting and sapped creative energies.” So he declutters some things until he is sidetracked with memories. The next day he gets up and the room looks the same to him except now there are two big garbage bags in the room.
This kind of decluttering is probably familiar to many of us. Procrastinating until we can’t stand it anymore. A quick declutter. Get sidetracked. Get annoyed that there doesn’t seem any progress made.
But, I want to assure you. If you keep decluttering a few minutes a day, week or month, you will see progress. It’s helpful to remind yourself in the beginning of decluttering that you might not notice the big progress you had hoped. But, not to give up.
To see progress easier, you can end each decluttering session by looking over the area you just decluttered and basking in the order.
If you declutter a single section, drawer, or shelf instead of a little here and a little there, you can see the progress more tangibly.
Get a partner (or join the declutter group) with whom you can share your decluttering successes. Sometimes it’s difficult giving ourselves pats on the back, but we can get support from others if we set it up.
What progress have you made recently?