Tuesday, January 28, 2014

small steps, big difference

The big question: How much of a difference can you make if you make such small steps?

Well, I feel like I can make a lot. Last week I was focusing on this cabinet in our bedroom. Here is the before:
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before

As you can see, it was cluttered inside and outside. Every day I took a shelf and spent about 10-15 minutes going through everything. I got rid of:
Owners manuals for things we no longer owned
Cords for computers we no longer used
An ancient digital camera
A portable disc player
all the disc players accessories
a vase
a broken suncatcher
In the end, it made it easier to store the things I wanted to store, because I have the room to store them. All in all it is much much neater.

after
after 1

Next up--this closet:
before

If you want the play by play of everything I'm getting rid of day by day, follow me on Twitter! (@todaystwo)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Introduction

Hi I'm Jodie and I have a lot of clutter. I'm not a hoarder, you can still walk through my house. I just have a lot of stuff, and I have a hard time getting rid of some stuff. But I want to clear out some space in my life and in my house.

I read articles all the time about how to "de-clutter your home in 30 days!" and I read closet makeover stories all the time in women's magazines. I know the tricks, the rules. You get three boxes, keep, trash, donate, you put everything in a box! You get rid of any clothes you haven't worn in a year/6months/9 months! I know the whole--would I replace this if I lots it trick. But I can't do it. I get overwhelmed and suddenly I lose my focus and I want to keep everything. I'm usually good for the first 1/2 hour or so, but after that everything means something to me. Everything becomes a keeper.

I don't think I'm alone in this. I think that the more decisions that a person makes in a day, the less able they are to make those decisions.

So, I had this plan. What if I went against everything I've ever read about organizing and de-cluttering and took small steps? What if I set a goal of say letting go of at least two things every day? What if I tackled the heavy cluttered closets and rooms a little bit every day?

So far, it has worked and for most of January I have gotten rid of at least two items every day.

I thought this might be a good place to talk about that process and maybe some of the issues that come up as I go through this. I also started a twitter feed, where I'll post the things I've gotten rid of that day. So feel free to follow along at @todaystwo.