We now return to our regular decluttering-focused programming.
I have quite a bit of lessening to share. That has been my focus lately. Life has been crazy, but I’ve tackled several areas even without time to actually finish them.
I’ve been celebrating “less.”
I may not be able to call it Before and After, but I can call it Before and Less.
Less is better. Really.
Anyway, I’ll share some of those “projects” (in quotes since they barely qualify) soon, but I’ve been reminded again of the beauty of my first decluttering question.
I’ve also been reminded that when I act on auto-pilot, when I don’t consciously ask myself the question, I get it wrong.
And getting it wrong makes life harder than it needs to be.
As I’ve lessened multiple junk drawers lately, I have found many (oh so many) ponytail holders. Hair bands. Whatever you call them in your neck of the woods.
We look for these all the time. Like, every single morning for my daughter who has no choice but to wear her hair in a ponytail after our ordeal last year. Often, it’s a frantic search.
Even though she wore one the day before.
But we never ever (ever) look for one in the kitchen junk drawer.
Wouldn’t even occur to us to look there.
But clearly, that’s the first place I put them when I run across a random ponytail holder and think I’m being efficient and put it away.
Evidently, our kitchen junk drawer is where I would stick it first.
Where Would I Look for it First? has a much better end result than Where Would I Stick It First?
It allows for the item to actually BE THERE when I go looking for it. Allows for an item to get used, and not just be the subject of a future decluttering project.
Proof that my first decluttering question is a good question.
Proof that asking it doesn’t come naturally to me.