So what can you do? It’s simple. Make some new choices. Choose to start uncluttering your home and your life. Choose to start today and to keep at it until you are completely satisfied.
That’s the wonderful thing about choice. No matter what choices you’ve made in the past, you can always make new choices. Start now by choosing to change the habits that got you where you are today. Did you know that it takes 21 consecutive days to establish a new habit? That means you have to make a conscious effort every day not to do the same old thing.
If you want a more organized home, it helps to think like an organized person. Better yet, start telling yourself that you are an organized person because you have made a choice to be more organized. If you believe that you are organized, you will become organized.
Resolve not to create any more clutter in your home. Before you put something down, ask yourself, ”Is this where it belongs?”
Do not postpone until tomorrow what should be done today. Delaying usually results in more work later, not to mention more time, more stress, and sometimes even more money.
Think first, act later. Next time you start to throw your coat over the back of a chair, stop! Don’t do it. Hang it up. This will feel like work at first, but if you stick to it, eventually you will head straight for the closet when you come in. Once you develop this habit, it will become second nature and will no longer feel like work. In fact, it will feel like more work to hang up your coat twice. It is more work!
Never enter or leave a room without improving its appearance. Make every trip count. When you go to the basement, attic, garage, and up or down stairs, take something with you to put away.
Purposely slow down. Take time out to do nothing. Just close your eyes, follow each breath with your mind, and listen to your thoughts. Focus on doing one thing at a time. If you are organizing your closet, concentrate on doing it with excellence. If you’re talking on the telephone with a friend, give this friend your undivided attention. If you’re watching a television show or movie, enjoy it without doing anything else. Don’t kid yourself into believing that it’s more efficient to do two things at once. There’s a difference between efficiency and effectiveness.