Sometimes, my largest obstacle to becoming more organized is my lack of focus. I find something and I get completely derailed from my mission: impossible, I mean, mission: organization. While I have been somewhat successful at organizing, I definitely don’t have the organization of thoughts and concentration that probably needs to occur when you’re going to organize.
Well, that sounded like a tongue-twister. But it’s true. There is a certain level of concentration that needs to occur in order to organize a house. The truth is, the more I research and try to deal with organization, the more I realize that I don’t know anything about organizing.
As of late, since my concentration is pretty null, I have been trying to do it only in 10 minute intervals, since it seems I can only concentrate for about 8 – 10 minutes at a time. Cue the book: 10-Minute Declutter: The Stress-Free Habit for Simplifying Your Home.
I really enjoyed reading the book and taking notes, and even implementing the ideas it suggests. However, the problem for me, comes when I need to plan for organization. You can’t just throw stuff away and put stuff in drawers and cabinets, unless you have a plan to deal with it in the long-term. And really, the only solution to clutter should be long-term oriented, or you will end up with a mountain of stuff on the dining room table all over again.
I am curious to read Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking, by the same authors (SJ Scott and Barrie Davenport). I wonder, if there is a link between worrying and anxiety with actually having a cluttered home. (I will report on this later, I promise, but I am trying to stay on topic.) I do feel, that the more grateful and the more joyful I feel, the easier it is to organize.
Is it possible to organize 10 minutes at a time? I don’t know, but I am able to do laundry 10 minutes at a time, so why not? Here goes to hoping I can get it right!