What do you do when you fall at the first fence? Do you give up? Do you decide you’ll try exactly the same way again? Or do you take a step back and consider how you can stop yourself falling a second time?
Last Wednesday I set myself the ‘rule’ that I would spend 10 minutes at the end of each day tidying the nagging mess that was impacting on my creativity. I also said…
I’ve made it a short time so it’s harder to make excuses to worm out of it. I’m doing it at the end of the day, so my ten minute burst doesn’t incite me to tidy the whole house first thing and waste the day tidying up.
Well, guess what? Despite 10 minutes being a short time, despite – or maybe because – it was planned for the end of the day, I haven’t cleared a jot of mess. In fact a whole lot more stuff has got dumped in my office.
Sometimes simply renewing our pledge to do what we originally planned works. However it’s easy to end up perpetually telling yourself you’ll do XYZ week after week and never doing it. I felt my pledge to reduce mess could easily fall into that particularly sticky trap.
While I was procrastinating thinking what I could do to ensure I kept to my promise, I spotted a challenge on the Make Do and Mendable Facebook group, posted by Jen Gale who blogs at https://mymakedoandmendyear.wordpress.com
The challenge is a spin on giving something up for lent; giving up our stuff. I’ve never given anything up for lent, but I felt a challenge was just what I needed to inspire me to get on with my ten minutes a day. This challenge will also ensure I reduce clutter rather than just rearrange it.
I have to admit I’m a little nervous, since I’ve done a lot of clutter clearing over the last couple of years. However, I’m sure there’s still plenty I hoard that I’ll never ever need. So here’s to a tidier more clutter free house by Easter!
Is there something you’ve promised yourself you’ll do this year, but not started? How can you ensure you make a start?
And does anyone want to join me giving up the stuff that clutters their home for lent?