Thursday, March 26, 2015

Decluttering: Not inherently easy

So hard to let go...

I have said that I want it to be easy. And I have given criteria for making it easy:
  • Find a mentor to show you the ropes, the tricks and best practices.
  • Practice, practice, practice until it becomes so easy you don’t have to think about it—like walking is easy.
  • Make it a habit, so you don’t have to think about it—like brushing your teeth is a habit.
  • Block out specific time for it—a no-brainer schedule (habit). (Think like a pro.)
  • And so on…
But I haven’t been following my own advice, especially the part about making it a habit. Take decluttering, for example.

When I hit a road-block with moving all my excess fabrics out of the house—my insistence on finding good homes for everything; bad weather preventing me from taking the boxes of stuff to specific meetings where I know people would want the kinds of things I had—I froze up and stopped the decluttering process. If I can’t move things out of the house, then I can’t get the boxed up things out of my mind. As long as the filled boxes are still here, I find it hard to move on to the next category to declutter.

Last Saturday, I was finally able to take five more boxes of fabric and patterns to a wearable arts meeting, and many of the things found new homes. And, my quilter friend, who took away 10 or 12 boxes last month, will be picking up some more quilting fabrics and tools this week to share with her guilds. Now that the boxes of excess fabrics are going away, I’m starting to look at the next category of things in my studio to declutter.

It turns out that decluttering isn't inherently easy for me. I can let a rigid mind-set about how it ‘should’ be done get in the way of getting it done!  Maybe it’s time to add one more item to the Making It Easy list: Constant Re-adjustment. If something isn't working, rethink how to do it, and try that! Maybe it’ll be easier that way. Just keep trying.

If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. ~ Michael Jordan

1 comment:

  1. You've made great progress -- always keep that in mind. Sometimes - rather than 'figure' it out I just do it. Can't think what to do with something -- I just turn it in to one of the thrift shops and let them figure it out *smile*. Overthinking can always slow us down - whether its with our crafting, a simple task or decluttering.