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There’s a fine line between trying to think through a process and trying to come up with reasons why it won’t work. There’s a fine line between planning and coming up with excuses. Action is key, and it’s through action that we end up figuring what works, what doesn’t, and how. And it’s ONLY through taking decluttering action that our houses show progress!
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Hi Dana, I love your podcast and have listened to many episodes since I discovered you last month. And my house is looking/running better than ever- thanks! Your story about your shirt that says action over intention not selling because you didn’t advertise is the most ironic story – really struck my funny bone. It’d make a great illustration in a speech or a book. Thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration.
Now that podcast hit home! I love making lists! I could spend hours doing that. Or writing down plans that I just KNOW I’ll execute now that it’s all written down.
I get all excited thinking that surely things will get done now that I’ve written down my strategy!
Except they don’t. I do it over and over again and obviously get the same result.
Now I only write down my everyday tasks. If I happen to get a cupboard or a drawer decluttered, or actually clean something that isn’t on my daily list, THEN it gets written down as something I’ve accomplished.
I know that just looking at that cleaned up space should be enough satisfaction, but I still have to write it down.
The difference being that now I feel good when I look at that paper rather than being overwhelmed. Looking at what I’ve done rather than things that need to get done feels so much better!
Just wanted to add, that I do have a list for daily tasks. And I’ll also have one for weekly habits once I add those. As far as decluttering goes, I’ve just been doing whatever comes to me in the moment.
Certainly not the best way to start as I now remember you saying to start with your visible areas first.
I only started on this about 10 days ago and it seems I have lots and lots to learn!
Thank you for writing this blog and your podcasts. I have hope for the first time in a long time!