Viewing every random straightening task as a full blown decluttering project.
That’s ONE of my problems.
As my Slob Vision cleared while I got the kitchen out of Summer Survival Mode, I shook my head and realized the spread-out-edness of all the stuff on the kitchen cabinet might be contributing to the overall messiness of the kitchen.
So I took the 2.5 minutes necessary to straighten the area.
Things I know from experience:
- “Straightening” will make a huge impact. No need to consider it a decluttering project. Thinking of it as a Decluttering Project might would justify procrastination. Y’know, because if it’s a Project, I need to block off time, and blocked off time needs to be put on a schedule rather than done right now.
Oh, how I love putting things on a schedule. I love it so much more than straightening.
- Straightening this area takes a whole minute or two. Three tops. I have proof in other posts. It’s the blessing/curse of Slob Blogging.
Once I was looking at the area, Slob Vision Blinders removed, I saw the big ol’ bottle of conditioner. Yay for kids who bring in Costco hauls from the car! Can’t really blame them for missing the obvious need to take the conditioner to the bathroom when Mama didn’t see it either for a few days.
So I took the conditioner to the bathroom right then.
Even though this WASN’T a decluttering project, Decluttering Question #1 still applies.
The big ol’ bottle of Olive Oil went to the other side of the kitchen where I’d look for it. If I needed it, and it was still in this Kitchen Blindspot, there’s a 50 95% chance I’d search frantically everywhere but there and groan loudly about how I just knew I’d bought some the last time I went to Costco. I’d probably throw in a few self-pitying phrases like “Why do things like this always happen to me?” and “Seriously?? Who loses a huge bottle of olive oil??!?”
Once I moved those Duh Items, I saw this:
A cute little straw holder with no straws in it. Right next to a plain ol’ container where I actually put straws.
Cute is good, but who has time to lift the lid thingy? And angle the straws to go in there? I mean, that might take two whole hands and five whole seconds.
I got rid of the proper straw holder and went with what works.
At that point, things looked better. (Pardon the hand.)
The big black speaker. Hubby used that speaker until he saved up his birthday and Christmas money to get a much fancier speaker. The big black one has been passed on to our kids. I guess they were naturally following the “Where would I look for it first?” decluttering question when they put it back there.
Except that two feet away (or less) is the nice speaker:
So I took it to my boys’ room.
Straightening turned into decluttering. Way less overwhelming than officially titling and scheduling it as a Project. And as long as it’s not an Official Project, I don’t have to stress that it isn’t perfect.
It’s better. I like better.
Maybe this is how Normal People do it? And how they avoid having a long list of Decluttering Projects to do?