I needed new silver flip flops. My old ones were flopping more than they flipped.
I knew I needed new ones because the old ones were embarrassing.
And yet, when I scored some new ones for 75% off at an end-of-summer clearance sale, I didn’t automatically throw out (because they were too bad to donate) my old ones.
And that right there is why I need something as obvious-to-normal-people as the concept of out-with-the-old-and-in-with-the-new to be a rule.
Replacing old stuff, even mostly-unusable old stuff, even when I’ve gone to the trouble of buying a new version of the old one because the old one is junk, does not come naturally to me.
Even when I’m taking off my new silver flip-flops and shoving them in next to my old-and-icky silver flip flops and lamenting the fact that our shoe-shelf has become a shoe-area and needs to be decluttered.
Having learned from experience that the One-In-One-Out rule is the way to maintain any decluttering progress, the way to maintain a Stuff Equilibrium in my home, helps me stop in these moments of eye-rolling frustration and realize that the solution is actually simple.
Ummmm, just one-in-one-out those flip-flops.
It doesn’t solve the shoe-area problem, but it keeps it from getting worse.
From becoming more overwhelming.
One-in-one-out is the key.
Need more explanation? I talk about it in this new video.--Nony