Don’t start with a shovel. Start with a spoon. Or actually three boxes and one corner.
Now you can do one small corner can’t you? Of course you can!
A good place to start is the living room and a good corner to start at is one of your two end tables.
Grab three boxes and label them with a marker or crayon. You’ll find the crayons over in the sock drawer. How they got there no one knows. If they’re not there try the silverware drawer. But if you can’t find one within 3 minutes give it up and go buy one. You’ll be able to find anything you need once you’re done with your plan.
Now label them:
box 1 – Keep
box 2 – Toss
box 3 – Donate
For heaven’s sake, don’t get all boggled down with what box to use or delay because you haven’t collected the boxes yet. Any containers will work. Laundry baskets, plastic bags, anything. It doesn’t have to be perfect or done exact. If you think it does then you’re a perfectionist and that very fact is holding you back. More on personality types later.
Take your three boxes to one corner of your house. Start picking things up and placing them in the correct boxes. Garbage goes in the TOSS box, things you don’t want but wish to give away put in the DONATE box and things that need to go somewhere else in the house in the KEEP box.
You don’t have to think much on this. Don’t make any big decisions. Just toss things into the different boxes as fast as you can toss.
Work for 15 minutes then stop.
I said STOP! Do not work for more than 15 minutes.
Trust me on this one
Now take the garbage stuff to the garbage immediately and put the donate box in the trunk of your car so you can drop the items off at the Goodwill box today. Don’t delay doing this or your trunk will fill up and be another clutter place. Take all the things that belong somewhere else to where ever they belong. Don’t worry about where to put them. Just toss them. You’ll get to that room later.
Stand back and look at your clean corner. Wow! You did it! This one small corner is where it will all start. Not only will the cleanliness start here but so will your habits and it’s those habits that will help you keep control of your housework.
Now refer to the FOUR UNBREAKABLE RULES above and do not put anything in that corner that does not belong in that corner. If you walk past it and something is there that doesn’t belong, move it. Use little minutes to dust it and keep it tidy. Never mess up what you’ve cleaned up. You’ve won the battle in one corner and soon you’ll win the entire war!
Make the FOUR UNBREAKABLE RULES your habits. Say them over and over as you do them. When you pick up a toy and move it to where it belongs say to yourself “Everything has a home”. When you pick up a magazine someone put on the end table say “Use it or lose it” and toss it away. When you’re waiting for the coffee to drip grab a dust rag and head to your corner