To conclude this section, here are seven tried and tested tips for effective clutter clearing:
- 1) Discover Your Most Effective Clutter Clearing Time of Day
Most people find they have favourite time:s of day for clutter clearing. Mine is in the morning. Some people like to clutter clear through the night. Discover when you are at your most decisive and do your clearing then.
- 2) Schedule Clutter Clearing
Decide now when you will begin and schedule it on your calendar, as you would any other activity. Make a date with yourself to do it and show up. It doesn’t have to be a whole day. It can a series of appointments of just ten minutes or half an hour.
- 3) Time-box Each Task
It’s a well known fact that all jobs expand to fill their allotted time limit, so if you tell yourself you will clutter clear your stuff until it’s finished, don’t be surprised if it takes forever. Time-box each job. Break each task down into chunks, decide how long it will take you to complete each one, and then set your timer. Work against the clock to do each chunk within the time box you have set yourself.You can also use this technique to accomplish other types of tasks. For example, if you are doing a job at your computer, there are some great timer software programmes you can use. Instead of a boring alarm sound, you can set it to burst into life with any sound track you have on your computer when time’s up.If you’re the kind of person who procrastinates because you love the adrenalin rush of getting something done just in time for a deadline, you’ll adore time-boxing. This way you won’t have to wait for a big deadline but will be able to get your fix many times a day. However, I have to warn you that with practice you’ll be able to time-box yourself without a clock, and will routinely start getting jobs done on time. So only use this technique if the rest of your life is interesting enough not to need adrenalin highs (your kidneys will thank you for this and serve you longer because of it).
- 4) Play Upbeat Music
Use external speakers (not headphones) and set the volume loud enough to make your body feel like dancing. For best results, set your player to automatic repeat so that it just keeps going. Most people are able to clutter clear for two to three times longer if they have the right music playing. Avoid CDs that have alternating fast and slow music – the ballads will cause you to lose momentum. If you have a lot of clutter to clear it would be a good investment of your time to make your own music compilation especially for this purpose. But don’t let doing this be yet another delay to making a start!
- 5) Wear Something Red
Just as red dancing shoes make your feet feel like moving, so wearing red clothes make you feel like taking action. If you don’t have anything red, then wear colours from the warm end of the spectrum (orange, yellow, etc) rather than cool colours such as blue. Many people keep clutter as a way of comforting themselves, so if you wear warm, comforting colours rather than cool ones while sorting through your stuff, you’ll find it easier to let things go.
- 6) Don’t Wear Black or Grey
Black attracts low-level vibrations and will quickly make you feel tired when clutter clearing. Grey is also not a good colour to wear because it will cause you to be indecisive about what stays and what goes.
- 7) Reward Yourself for a Job Well Done
It’s human nature to seek gratification, so if you reward yourself in some way after you’ve clutter cleared, that part of you remembers this and is more inclined to want to do it again in the future. Promise yourself that when the job is done, you’ll reward yourself with a massage, watch a movie, go out with a friend, or whatever kind of treat is possible, affordable and meaningful for you.