Deciding what to keep can be stressful. For every person who raves about the exhilarating feelings they get from tossing out forty bags of clutter in one day, there are a hundred more who spend twenty frustrating minutes deciding what to do about a pile of junk mail from six months ago.
For every person who claims to have found the perfect system for getting organized there are two hundred who have shelves full of dusty organizing books and a system that looks very much like avoiding making any decisions about their stuff. Warehousing stuff in containers, no matter how cute, is just another way of putting off decisions.
When the clutter gets overwhelming, it’s time to take the counter-intuitive step and scale your efforts back. Way back, to the point that they don’t scare you. If you panic and stress and get all hot and bothered about the mess, you’ll burn out very quickly. If you take it slowly, you’ll stick with it.
This year, instead of the annual pledge to get organized most likely forgotten already by now, why not get the Send it away Saturday habit? Each week, maybe on Saturday, take a look around and find one thing to let go of:
- something you don’t need anymore,
- something that’s broken or outdated or one of fifteen identical things,
- something that doesn’t fit,
- something you never use,
- something you’re sick of dusting, moving, packing and unpacking, storing and looking at,
- Something you no longer want, love or need.
Once you’ve found a thing, let it go. Take it to the thrift store, put it in the recycling or the trash, put a free sign on it and set it on the curb. Next Saturday, find something else to let go. Breathe. Look at old Send it away Saturday posts for inspiration. Then go for a walk, drink a glass of water, call a friend. You got this, Send it away Saturday Expert! Slow and steady always wins the decluttering race.
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