What keeps you going in your constant circular process of trying to keep a reasonable level of order in your home or life? Do you switch off and approach it robotically therefore only able to keep up with the daily grind? Sometimes that’s the best thing we can do.
But don’t let it become your new comfort zone. As you are well aware the rest of the house (and you by extension) then suffers. We live everyday, eat everyday, wash everyday and therefore need to declutter everyday. It’s not like you do it once and it stays that way. Sorry to say.
Decide on a reasonable time chunk of 10 minutes or half an hour – according to your schedule and dive into a life changing decluttering session. Life changing in the sense that over time it will have an effect. We are all very accustomed to immediate gratification so to approach a project that will take consistent determination may be uncomfortable at first. Think of it this way – is it better then to do nothing?!
This is where we must celebrate our victories. The victory of not stopping. The victory of dealing with 3 pieces of paper on that pile. The victory of getting rid of an extra bag of rubbish. The victory of actually dropping off the donation bag and not just leaving it at the front door or in the car. The victory of doing or paying for one of those ‘jobs’ to get done. The victory of not buying something on a whim and actually putting it back on the shelf because you don’t really have a purpose for it. The victory of not stopping.
All of these daily, perpetual victories need to be applauded and celebrated. Throw yourself a bone and say, BRAVO! Find a clutter buddy to cheer you on and share in your triumphs. It does a body good to share positive, however small, coups.