1. Mary, thanks for writing this and JT, thanks for publishing it today. I so much need some inpiration to tackle our mountain (or a very large number of molehills). Yesterday I sorted out my sons clothes and it felt so good – strangely, I keep putting it off but it doesn’t really take that long. Probably, de-cluttering should be approached as marathon training – what make you fit is not the seven miles you run on the weekend but the one mile you run every day. Next week my diary will include a daily entry – 30 min sort out.

  2. I have found just by taking 15 minutes a day in 3 5 minute sessions of tackling clutter zones it makes a huge difference in staying on top of clutter. Morning, noon and evening I simply set a timer for 5 minutes and hit my “Hot spots” where it always seems to build up.

    Another thing we do is I involve the family in a team 15 minute clean up right after breakfast while I clean, I help the younger members by directing them in what to clean or where to put things, or who is to vaccum or scrub toilets….

    It is amazing how much can get accomplished in these mini marathon sessions!

  3. Hi Maria,

    Glad I hit on something that was pertinent to you…’s SURE pertinent to me. Like you, it’s that first step that’s the hardest to take. It always amazes me how much I can get done when I do get started but somehow, it’s that first step that’s the hardest. Now, if someone could help me find how to get past that, I’d be walking in tall cotton!


  4. Poor to rich,…’re so lucky to have others to involve in your tackling of things…it goes so much faster when you have help….and the other thing I know is that it’s a lot more fun and enjoyable when you have someone to share it with. But, we do with what we’re dealt, don’t we?

  5. We do the 15 minute thing as a family too. I have also started tossing ten things every time I boil the kettle to top up my tea pot.

    Slowly the clutter is moving out of the door and blessing other people on occasion too

  6. “Choose a small section of a room and work only on that area. “ – I totally agree, Mary. A few weeks ago, we had a garage sale. We have plans to move to another city in the very near future and we thought that we could use a little extra cash. So we ransacked our stuff and tried to find things that we don’t use but are still in very good form. And well, there was no problem with motivation in this case as we have that certain goal – to have extra cash. But of course, it was overwhelming at first, at least for me, when I started to search my belongings. I tend to have an attachment to everything I own. But I did it anyway and I found a lot of things to sell. And apparently, my family keeps a lot of things, too 😉 Anyway, the garage sale went well and so I really agree with what you said here.