This Spot. Again. #5MinuteFriday

That Spot Again #5MinuteFriday Decluttering because of the Visibility Rule at

I took five whole minutes to practice what I preach. This very spot is the example I use when explaining the Visibility Rule as I speak to groups of women.

And part of explaining the Visibility Rule is explaining that visible spaces get re-cluttered more frequently than non-visible spaces, so that’s an extra frustration that comes with tackling them.

Technically, I could have straightened this space in way less than five minutes, but giving myself the five minutes of focus let me get all the way to the bottom of the issues of this space.

Initially, I was only planning to show you the closer up pic:

Decluttering That Spot Again Kitchen Counter Before #5MinuteFriday at

But then, I decided to be honest and show the dirty cookie sheet and spoon that were also cluttering the space. Technically, those were procrasticlutter.

In five minutes, I replaced the super-boring-normal stopper on the fancy olive oil with the super-fancy-mechanically-amazing stopper that was probably a few days away from being completely forgotten and lost forever.

That Spot Again decluttering and the visibility rule at

I also took the random snacks in the basket to the other basket on the other side of the kitchen where the kids actually look for snacks.

That Spot Again decluttering and the visibility rule at

The cookies everyone liked that got lost and forgotten among the snacks that were lost and forgotten? I threw them away.

I was very pleased with the progress after five minutes:

That Spot Again Decluttering Kitchen Counter After #5MinuteFriday at

Notes: The blue bag held a bottle of wine someone gave us. We don’t drink, and so it sat there. Cluttering my counter. I took it out of the blue bag and put the bottle in my spice cabinet, hoping I’ll think to cook with it at some point. I stuck the bag with my other reusable bags.

I am aware there are four cutting boards in the photo, and to be honest, there’s one more tiny one that was likely in the dishwasher at the time I took the photo. They all seem necessary, but I should probably evaluate that thought at some point. I have legitimate reason to fear turning into a Crazy Cutting Board Lady as I age.


Decluttering the Kitchen That Spot Again Before and After #5MinuteFriday at Using the Visibility Rule



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Where Would You Look OTHER Than There?

Where Would You Look OTHER Than There My first decluttering questions at

My first decluttering question is: If I was looking for this item, where would I look for it first?

Would. Not should.

No decisions need to be made. No analysis of the very best home for this particular thing.

The home is where I would look first.

The best thing about this question is that I can use it on my family members if it’s an item that belongs to someone other than me. I had to explain what I was looking for the first few times I asked them this question, but now they mostly know what I want in an answer.


Sometimes, they still get smart-alecky.

Like this jacket.

Clearing the Dining Room Table in Five Minutes Better at #5MinuteFriday

I’d cleared the table in five minutes, but then noticed the jacket. It’s Hubby’s, so I asked him, “Where would you look first for this jacket?”

His answer: Ummm. On that chair?

I made a face. I rolled my eyes.

I gave the look.

And I said, “Other than there.”

He sighed, and said he’d look for it in the coat closet.

So I took it to the coat closet.

This scenario is actually one that I get emails about frequently. “What if the place where I’d look first is a really bad place? A place out in the open where it obviously shouldn’t be?”

I get it.

Many times, pre-deslobification process, I assured random people that I needed my stuff to be “out where I could see it.” I called this my crazy-but-it-works-for-me organizational system.

Which would have been fine, except it wasn’t fine.

My house was actually a disaster. A total disaster.

The super important things I thought I needed to be able to “see” mixed in with totally unimportant things until I couldn’t see a thing because all I saw was an overwhelming mess.

And I just like my house so much better when there aren’t jackets hanging on the backs of chairs.

So I responded: Other than there.

Because that’s the truth. Even though I might look for something first in the place where I tend to throw it first, that doesn’t count if it’s a place where I’d never leave it when I’m cleaning up that space.

So maybe my question could have been to him: Where would you look first if you weren’t being sassy?

Actually, I think that WAS how I put it the second time.


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