I’m planning on moving in a year and downsizing in the process. I hope to declutter enough that I’ll only be moving things with me that matter. Right now, I have things in my home that I never use, so I’ve been asking myself if these unused items are things I want to haul with me to my next home. The answer is frequently no.
I took a few minutes to make lists of the areas I need to focus on.
Big Picture Questions
What sorts of clutter do I have?
- office supplies
- games and puzzles
- art supplies
- kitchen gadgets and dishes
Which places are the most cluttered?
How big of an endeavor is this project?
- an entire house
- a year’s time frame
- a little bit at a time
I heard someone talk one time about how sometimes having a meandering focus can be helpful for people like me who can get overwhelmed with firm lists and agendas. A meandering focus would be keeping the end result in sight, but allowing your time and attention to move organically through the project at hand.
For example, with my decluttering project I can keep the end goal (having things cleared out in a year) in my mind, but allow myself to move throughout the house fluidly as things come to the forefront. I have most of my bedroom and its assorted closet space and drawers pretty much finished, I started working in the spare bedroom during and after the holidays, because I store much of my Christmas stuff in the closet there. I’m going to move my focus into my office. It might seem haphazard to other people, but it helps me to have the freedom to meander around my house as it seems appropriate.
A meandering focus is also like steering a sailboat. You move around with the wind and waves but keep the destination always in sight.