I don’t know if I am more aware of it these days, but suddenly I am being presented with many opportunities to declutter my spaces. At work, home, or in the car, I have experienced opportunities to declutter.
Since I know that decluttering makes me feel better mentally and physically, I take these chances when I am presented with them.
Here are five recent opportunities I experienced in the last week:
- Change of season. My daughter, growing fast, needed to switch clothing to a less-heavy set. The change of season allowed us to declutter her current clothes as well as empty out two boxes of clothes we had stored for this summer.
- Remodeling. My partner decided to put stairs into the attic. This construction project has impacted my office closet and my bathroom linen closet. Both were opportunities to purge no longer-used items as they were moved out of the way.
- New desk. My daughter recently transitioned to a “big girl desk”. We took the opportunity to get rid of the junk in her corner of the office.
- Remodeling, part deux. As things moved out of the construction area, they moved into a storage closet that primarily functions as the cat bathroom. In order to make things fit (and keep them off the floor), I had to declutter. One surprising item that came out of there was the walking cast I had worn back in 1998 during a bout of tendinitis.
- Family Vacation. We took the Prius on a recent short family trip. Before we left I had to get rid of a few things that had been riding around with me. And upon returning I had to remove the refuse of the car trip.
Benefit of Opportunity-Driven Decluttering
I had always felt that decluttering required a blocked out chunk of time. What I have found is that by looking at everyday events as an opportunity to simplify and declutter, it doesn’t take much effort or time, and goes a long way toward getting rid of the clutter hidden behind doors.
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