My biggest problem with tackling clutter is that feeling of being so overwhelmed. I read posts all the time about taking it in baby steps; cleaning one small area at a time, or cleaning for an hour at a time or even fifteen minutes at a time. At first I feel encouraged by that advice and I’m ready to go! But when the reality of the amount of stuff I really have to deal with hits me, I find myself thinking “how is fifteen minutes going to make a difference. With three kids and a houseful of pets, won’t it get messed up again just as fast?
I realized this morning that we’re talking about two different kinds of clutter. There’s the everyday clutter that honestly does take fifteen minutes to clean up AND fifteen minutes to mess right back up again with a houseful like I have. But this is the kind of clutter-clearing that has become habit, part of my daily to-do list. Like brushing my teeth.
The other kind of clutter is the stuff that’s collected in the bathroom cabinet or on the laundry room shelf. It has taken MONTHS to get to that point. Fifteen minutes really will make a difference! And since it doesn’t seem to have the same overpowering magnetic force that the sofa or the kitchen table has, it would take months for it to get that way again (and of course I’m not going to let it!).
When you look at it that way, you really could clean year’s worth of clutter in your home in only a few months time – not bad!