Is your abode as fit as your abs? Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a spacious house, maintaining a clutter-flee home is a lot like keeping your body in shape. Both require an ongoing commitment to staying streamlined, as well as an effective maintenance program.
If you're not used to getting rid of clutter, it may seem like an uncomfortable process at first. But once you start seeing positive results, that will change. Living in an uncluttered environment can improve your fitness career and your personal life, so you'll be motivated to stay clutter-free.
Take Time for Decluttering
The process of getting uncluttered, as opposed to maintaining an uncluttered environment, is like the difference between losing excess weight and staying trim. Getting there and staying there each take a different kind of commitment, effort and time. In fact, when it comes to decluttering and getting organized, there are two types of time.
Project time is what you spend to get out from under your existing accumulations.
Maintenance time is the time you need to invest on a daily or weekly basis to maintain your clutter-free state. Maintenance time is a concept that many people resist. There's a childlike belief that once a closet is cleared out or a desktop is decluttered, it should magically stay that way. Of course it won't, any more than a body will stay fit without regular exercise once a desired weight is achieved.
Neglecting maintenance time actually creates the need for more project time, because when things aren't maintained they eventually cease to function and/or become an unsightly mess. You could say your clutter actually represents a visible manifestation of uninvested maintenance time. So which do you prefer: devoting a few minutes each day to dealing with incoming clutter (think "8 Minutes in the Morning for Daily Decluttering") or spending days burrowing through your backlog?
Perhaps you're at a point where you need to do both. if your living space has become overloaded with too much stuff, it's like an overweight client: You need to help your "heavy" home lose weight, but in a healthy way....
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