A friend of mine shared this on Facebook, and I thought I’d share it with you. I would like to hear your thoughts. It is a very funny video (1 minute 16 seconds), and I am sure most of us can relate.
It’s called “Why Moms Can’t Get Anything Done.” Watch it, then keep reading. (You may need to raise the volume by clicking on the icon a the bottom right of the video box.)
It’s Impossible to Keep a Home Tidy Without Proper Processes and Systems
It is so easy to get one’s mind scattered as much as things are scattered in the home. After all, clutter and messes are equal to decisions delayed.
That’s why you need systems and processes that are proven to work for everyone.
I want to share with you, at no cost, a process I use with students in my Declutter for Good Program:
All you need is a small trash bag. Work on one room at a time:
- Scan the floor of the room and look for 13 items that are indisputably trash, and put them in the bag.
- Scan the floor of the room and look for 7 items that could be recycled. Take them to your recycling bins.
- Scan the floor of the room and look for 3 items that are torn or broken and could not be repaired. Decide whether they need to go in the trash bag or taken to a recycling bin.
- Scan the floor of the room and look for 5 items that do not belong in that room. Take them to the rooms where they belong and put them in their proper places.
- Scan the floor of the room and look for 7 items that belong in the room but need to be put back in their places.
When you are done running this process, do the same for beds and seats. When you are done with those, move on to the tops of night stands, tables, counters and low dressers. When you are done with those, work on the tops of tall dressers and shelves.
If the room still looks messy, repeat the process, starting again with the floor. If you feel tired, take a break, or continue another day.
My sons have been tidying up their rooms using this process since they were 8 and 5. If they can do it, you can do it, right?
Share with Me
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- Have you ever done what the mom in the video is doing?
- Do you find that when you make the commitment to declutter and organize you tend to skip from room to room, or object to object?
- Do you get stuck with making one decision about one object and then abandon your decluttering purposes?
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Processes Are not Enough
The best process or system in the world won’t work for you if your heart is not in it. If you really have deep set reasons you want to keep stuff you don’t love or use, or if you keep telling yourself you need things you don’t really need, your spaces and your life will not improve.
The most important aspect in a Decluttering program is to help the student or participant change their emotions around decluttering and organizing. If you can get yourself to a point that your heart wants to declutter and organize, nothing can stop you.
Watch this webinar on decluttering: